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Shin Godzilla (2016)

Shin Gojira (original title)
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Japan is plunged into chaos upon the appearance of a giant monster.

Directors:

Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi (co-director)

Writers:

Hideaki Anno, Sean Whitley (english version)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiroki Hasegawa ... Rando Yaguchi
Yutaka Takenouchi Yutaka Takenouchi ... Hideki Akasaka
Satomi Ishihara ... Kayoko Ann Patterson
Ren Osugi ... Prime Minister Seiji Okochi (as Ren Ôsugi)
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 ... 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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Nippon tai Gojira. (Reality versus fiction.) See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan

Release Date:

29 July 2016 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

True Godzilla See more »

Filming Locations:

Tokyo, Japan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

JPY 624,610,700 (Japan), 31 July 2016, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$455,036, 16 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,908,028, 6 November 2016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (3.1)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Akihiro Yamauchi stated that the title "Shin Gojira" was chosen for the film due to the variety of meanings the syllable "shin" could convey, such as "new", "true", and "god". See more »

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Godzilla's color changes slightly throughout his first attack. See more »

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Kayoko Ann Patterson: I won't see a third bomb dropped on the country of my grandmother, who lived through it.
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The Toho logo is the modern version, then turns to the 1950s color logo to homage Godzilla (1954)'s era. See more »

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References Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo (2012) See more »

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Giant Monster and Biting Political Satire
2 October 2017 | by xamtaroSee all my reviews

Japan is back in the game with their very own new Godzilla movie SHIN GOJIRA. Where Hollywood revived Godzilla as a tribute to his more heroic role in the late-showa era "versus" movies and the Heisei era, Toho Japan has gone back to the roots of the 1954 original Gojira and crafted a modern thriller about the horrors of mankind's misdeeds, the inaction of a government embroiled in bureaucracy and the impotence of a military in the face of this fiercer, meaner, force of nature Godzilla. .

SHIN GODZILLA is likely the first Godzilla movie to focus squarely on the political scene within the government when a giant monster attacks. Past movies have always involved Scientists, soldiers, or civilians focusing on the chaos on the ground. This movies looks into the chaos at the top as we follow young civil servant Yaguchi, deputy chief cabinet secretary (the first in a long list of designations to come).

A regular day in the government is interrupted by the collapse of the Tokyo bay aqua line tunnel and mysterious attacks off the coast of Japan. While the aged officials hold fruitless meeting after meeting in an obvious parody of real life bureaucratic process, Yaguchi theorists that the disasters are caused by a living creature.

No sooner is his theory shot down than an enormous tail rises out of the water. As the government scrambles but always falling a step behind the escalating disaster, Yaguchi forms a task force of unorthodox civilian experts to figure out how to stop this creature.

As the government's tried and tested efforts become increasingly futile, USA sends a special envoy Kayako Ann Patterson with the promise of military aid and insider knowledge to this mysterious creature dubbed "Godzilla".

The creature is growing, mutating, and taking on increasingly dangerous characteristics. Yaguchi's team is forced to think outside the box for a new way to halt its rampage before the UN deploys nuclear weapons on Japanese soil.

Contrary to the trailers, this is not the dark depressing disaster movie that was promised. Instead we are treated to one of the smartest and most biting social and political satires in modern cinema. Right in the crosshairs is the inefficient bureaucratic processes of the government and their obsession with trivial minutia which results in a complete mishandling of the crisis posed by the constantly evolving Godzilla.

The satire comes in the fact that the film does not overly dramatize anything; what you see is as close to reality as one can get in an old fashion parliamentary government like Japan's. Each ministry out for itself, passing the buck wherever possible, defending only their own interests. Standard procedures take precedence over unconventional methods.

Scenes of the prime minister making an announcement of Godzilla not being able to come ashore, intercut with the revelation that not only has the creature made landfall but has started trashing the town, hearkened back to the perceived mishandling of past real life disasters in Japan.

Yet the message underlying this movie is not a strict criticism of the government but an affirming call to action aimed at a new generation of leaders to unite a nation. Where the traditional methods fail, innovation and initiative will be the true weapons of the future. Yaguchi and his team represent this perfectly; outcasts from their respective fields because of their unconventional ideas.

Their tenacity in the face of hopeless defeat soon inspires fellow citizens from all walks of life, engineers, mechanics, construction workers and other blue collar roles typically overlooked by a status obsessed people, to come together and stand against a God incarnate.

The titular monster is unlike any incarnation ever seen. It's keloid looking skin, seemingly torn in places, gives the impression of pure suffering. Yet his inhuman all staring eyes betray a being devoid of soul. It is as it was back in 1954; a soulless unstoppable force birthed from mankind's sins. The military is powerless, though not for a lack of trying.

Where previous Godzilla movies have shown the military in a less than flattering light (cowardly, incompetent, or unable to hit such a massive creature), SHIN GODZILLA shows a military force truly giving their all, only hampered by slow indecision from the top.

The special effects used to bring this colossus to life is arguably good. No where near Hollywood blockbusters but amazing once you consider the comparatively tiny budget Toho had to work with. The naturalistic direction an camera-work courtesy of Evangelion creator Hideki Anno and his crew give the movie an almost "documentary" type feel.

It is devoid of filters, using very natural looking lighting wherever possible, which enhances the realism of the events taking place. Though the cuts can be a bit distracting at times, alternating between rapid fire jump cuts to scenes that look as if Anno left his camera running and forgot about it. Equally distracting is some of CGI compositing on Godzilla and some of his movements which end up more jerky than a puppet's. These are just minor faults though and only an issue to the more OCD of viewers.

Perhaps the only thing it does lack is the element of human drama. It is unafraid to show the horrible consequences of a monster's rampage through a macro view of a country's key decision makers but in doing so it does not leave opportunity to get the audience invested in any particular character.

More than just a monster movie, SHIN GODZILLA is a smart political thriller that satirizes an inflexible system. Those expecting a brainless action blockbuster will no doubt be disappointed. But as long as one is willing to turn in the brain and appreciate this movie for the deeper more complex themes it tries to tackle, you will find a refreshingly novel giant monster movie which the industry definitely needs.


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