Japan is plunged into chaos upon the appearance of a giant monster.


Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi (co-director)
2,138 ( 505)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiroki Hasegawa ... Rando Yaguchi
Yutaka Takenouchi Yutaka Takenouchi ... Hideki Akasaka
Satomi Ishihara ... Kayoko Ann Patterson
Ren Ôsugi ... Prime Minister Seiji Okochi
Akira Emoto Akira Emoto ... Ryuta Azuma
Kengo Kôra Kengo Kôra ... Yusuke Shimura, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary
Mikako Ichikawa Mikako Ichikawa ... Hiromi Ogashira, Deputy Director of Nature Conservation Bureau
Jun Kunimura ... Masao Zaizen, Integrated Chief of Staff
Pierre Taki ... Saigo, Combat Leader
Kyûsaku Shimada ... Katayama, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ken Mitsuishi Ken Mitsuishi ... Kozuka, Governor of Tokyo
Shingo Tsurumi Shingo Tsurumi ... Yajima, Joint Staff Deputy
Kimiko Yo ... Reiko Hanamori, Defense Minister
Takumi Saitoh ... Ikeda, Tank Captain (as Takumi Saitô)
Takashi Fujiki Takashi Fujiki ... Tokyo Lieutenant Governor


An unknown accident occurs in Tokyo Bay's Aqua Line, which causes an emergency cabinet to assemble. All of the sudden, a giant creature immediately appears, destroying town after town with its landing reaching the capital. This mysterious giant monster is named "Godzilla".

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Reality (Japan) vs. Fiction (Godzilla) See more »


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Did You Know?


Toho originally planned to have the movie released in over 100 markets worldwide, making it the most widely distributed feature in the company's history. However, the film only received a theatrical release in a few areas, most of which consisted of limited showings. This is because Japanese cinema usually receives very little international attention, and monster movies in general and the Godzilla franchise in specific are not as popular as other franchises, so most distributors weren't interested in acquiring the film. See more »


In various scenes, the attack helicopters are flying with empty weapon banks. This happens for example at about min 53. The usually unguided missile banks are clearly empty and the air-to-air rocket banks are at least half empty. But only a few minutes later, at about min. 55 every helicopter is fully armed with all rockets. See more »


Hiromi Ogashira, Deputy Director of Nature Conservation Bureau: Man is more frightening than Gojira.
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Crazy Credits

The Toho logo appears as the 1950s color version to homage Godzilla (1954)'s era.

Godzilla's stomping and roar is heard, which also happened in Godzilla (1954). See more »


References Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995) See more »


Main Title
Composed by Akira Ifukube for "Godzilla" (1954)
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A Unique Take on Godzilla
3 March 2020 | by estaugasSee all my reviews

If you are expecting a stereotypical monster movie you will be disappointed. This film is definitely much more of a political thriller than a monster flick.

The movie is filled with plain and mostly forgettable characters, however, collectively they make the real protagonist of the film: Japan. The film critiques and parodies a dysfunctional bureaucracy, allowing for some not so subtle irony and other comedic moments using techniques such as extreme close-ups, quick changes in POV's, rapid-fire dialogue to reinforce these while still allowing for suspense when needed. Its overly fast pace is a bit jarring at times, making it hard to concentrate with its many fast and transitionless cuts.

Shin Godzilla feels very much like a documentary, with convincing this-is-really-happening atmosphere. The filmmakers really make you feel like a participant and witness to the events happening throughout the film engrossing you into the universe and adding a huge sense of realism which adds to the political side of the film and the impact of the destruction.

Godzilla himself is also amazing, the combination of puppeteering, animatronics and digital effects create such a unique portrayal of the monster evoking terror and intrigue. Though, the cgi isn't always perfect, but this can be overlooked.

The ending is also a mixed bag, it has a great message of collaboration and ends with an interesting introspection on who the bigger monster is: humanity or Godzilla. However it did feel too cheap and easy which kinda diminished the realistic tone set by the film.

The movie is definitely not perfect but its multi layered symbolism and message are so interesting I couldn't help but be invested throughout the whole thing.

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Release Date:

29 July 2016 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

True Godzilla See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$458,342, 16 October 2016

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (3.1)



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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