Shin Godzilla


Shin Godzilla

Overview:

From the mind behind Evangelion comes a hit larger than life. When a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and tears through the city, the government scrambles to save its citizens. A rag-tag team of volunteers cuts through a web of red tape to uncover the monster's weakness and its mysterious ties to a foreign superpower. But time is not on their side - the greatest catastrophe to ever befall the world is about to evolve right before their very eyes.

Votes 142 (6.5/10)

Runtime: 120 minutes

Release Date 2016-07-29

Budget: $15,000,000.00

Revenue: $77,000,000.00

Tagline: A god incarnate. A city doomed.

Production company:

  • Cine Bazar
  • Toho Pictures

Production country:

  • Japan

Genres:

  • Action
  • Adventure
  • Drama
  • Horror
  • Science Fiction

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Further Information

Rando Yaguchi : Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary
Hiroki Hasegawa
Hiroki Hasegawa
Hideki Akasaka : Special Advisor to the Prime Minister(National Security)
Yutaka Takenouchi
Yutaka Takenouchi
Kayoko Ann Patterson : US special envoy
Satomi Ishihara
Satomi Ishihara
Yuseuke Shimura : Secretary of Rando
Kengo Kora
Kengo Kora
Syuichi Izumi : Policy Research Council Vice Chairman
Matsuo Satoru
Matsuo Satoru
Hiromi Ogashira : Ministry of the Environment Nature / Wildlife Division Deputy Director
Mikako Ichikawa
Mikako Ichikawa
Ryu Yasuda : Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Research / Promotion Bureau Director
Issei Takahashi
Issei Takahashi
Fumiya Mori : Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare / Research and Development Division Director
Kanji Tsuda
Kanji Tsuda
Kunio Hazama : Jouhoku University Associate professor
Shinya Tsukamoto
Shinya Tsukamoto
Tachikawa : Agency for Natural Resources and Energy / Electricity and Gas Industry Department Director
Toru Nomaguchi
Toru Nomaguchi
Tatsuya Negisi : Nuclear Regulatory Agency / Monitoring information Division Director
Daisuke Kuroda
Daisuke Kuroda
Seiji Ookouchi : Prime minister
Ren Osugi
Ren Osugi
Reiko Hanamori : Minister of Defense
Kimiko Yo
Kimiko Yo
Ryuta Azuma : Chief Cabinet Secretary
Akira Emoto
Akira Emoto
Yusuke Satomi : Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Sei Hiraizumi
Sei Hiraizumi
Sekiguchi : Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Toru Tezuka
Toru Tezuka
Yanagihara : Minister of land, infrastructure and transportation
Kenichi Yajima
Kenichi Yajima
Kouno : Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications
Akira Hamada
Akira Hamada
Kanai : Minister of State for Special Missions
Ikuji Nakamura
Ikuji Nakamura
Kooriyama : Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary for Crisis Management
Tetsu Watanabe
Tetsu Watanabe
Masao Zaizen : JSDF Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Office
Jun Kunimura
Jun Kunimura
Yajima : JSDF Vice Chief of Staff, Joint Staff Office
Shingo Tsurumi
Shingo Tsurumi
JSDF Eastern Army Chief of Staff
Jun Hashimoto
Jun Hashimoto
Saigo : Operation "TaBa" Combat leader
Pierre Taki
Pierre Taki
1st. tank squadron captain
Takumi Saito
Takumi Saito
2nd. tank squadron captain
KREVA
KREVA
Kozuka : Governor of Tokyo
Ken Mitsuishi
Ken Mitsuishi
Katayama : Minister for Foreign Affairs ad interim
Kyusaku Shimada
Kyusaku Shimada
Tahara : Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications / Disaster Management Division
Taro Suwa
Taro Suwa
Kazekoshi : Executive Secretary to the Prime Minister
Yû Kamio
Yû Kamio
Sawaguchi : Police Agency Commissioner General's Secretariat
Arata Furuta
Arata Furuta
National Police Agency Criminal Investigation Bureau Director-General
Moro Morooka
Moro Morooka
National Police Agency in charge of crisis management officer
Kôsei Katô
Kôsei Katô
Fire and Disaster Management Agency in charge of crisis management officer
Shohei Abe
Shohei Abe
Firefighters of Tokyo Fire Department
Keisuke Koide
Keisuke Koide
Prime Minister's Office staff
Hairi Katagiri
Hairi Katagiri
Hayafune : Free Journalist
Suzuki Matsuo
Suzuki Matsuo
Journalist
Takahiro Miura
Takahiro Miura
Journalist
Yôta Kawase
Yôta Kawase
Evacuees
Ren Mori
Ren Mori
Evacuees Aqua tunnel
Atsuko Maeda
Atsuko Maeda
Biology professor
Kazuo Hara
Kazuo Hara
Ancient biologist
Isshin Inudô
Isshin Inudô
Marine biologist
Akira Ogata
Akira Ogata
Bus Driver
Hideaki Anno
Hideaki Anno
Dr.Goro Maki
Kihachi Okamoto
Kihachi Okamoto
Godzilla
Mansai Nomura
Mansai Nomura
Mayumi Ogawa
Mayumi Ogawa
Katsuhiko Yokomitsu
Katsuhiko Yokomitsu
Director
Hideaki Anno
Hideaki Anno
Director
Shinji Higuchi
Shinji Higuchi
Music
Akira Ifukube
Akira Ifukube
Screenplay
Hideaki Anno
Hideaki Anno
Art Direction
Mahiro Maeda
Mahiro Maeda
Visual Effects Supervisor
Atsuki Sato
Atsuki Sato
Executive Producer
Akihiro Yamauchi
Akihiro Yamauchi
Visual Effects Art Director
Toshio Miike
Toshio Miike
Sound Designer
Hideaki Anno
Hideaki Anno
Original Music Composer
Shirô Sagisu
Shirô Sagisu
Line Producer
Kensei Mori
Kensei Mori
Special Effects
Kazuaki Sekiyama
Kazuaki Sekiyama
Assistant Director
Katsuro Onoue
Katsuro Onoue
Visual Effects
Katsuro Onoue
Katsuro Onoue
Cinematography
Kosuke Yamada
Kosuke Yamada
Producer
Yoshihiro Satô
Yoshihiro Satô
Producer
Masaya Shibusawa
Masaya Shibusawa
Producer
Taichi Ueda
Taichi Ueda
Producer
Kazutoshi Wadakura
Kazutoshi Wadakura
Editor
Hideaki Anno
Hideaki Anno
Editor
Atsuki Sato
Atsuki Sato
Casting
Tsuyoshi Sugino
Tsuyoshi Sugino
Art Direction
Eri Sakushima
Eri Sakushima
Set Decoration
Akira Sakamoto
Akira Sakamoto
Set Decoration
Toshiaki Takahashi
Toshiaki Takahashi
Visual Effects
Takashi Yamazaki
Takashi Yamazaki
Visual Effects Technical Director
Shinji Higuchi
Shinji Higuchi

Frank Ochieng

One might nostalgically recall the days back when the cheesy yet infectious Japanese monster movies were such a magnificent draw during those hazy Saturday afternoons showcasing the double creature feature matinees that aired weekly on television. We were considered very lucky if we had Mothera battle Gamera in one showing followed up by experiencing the sheer thrill of watching Rodan take on his latest ferocious foe as well. However, as well-known as these mentioned Far East big screen beasts were in all their glorious rage and colorful destruction nobody was as legendary or instrumental in seriously wreaking havoc on vulnerable Japanese soil both heroically or horrendously than our heralded King of Carnage in the celebrated _Godzilla_. The famed and humongous rumble-and-tumble reptile makes a grand return courtesy of Toho Studios reviving the catastrophic critter in writer/co-director Hideaki Anno’s and Shinji Higuchi’s monster mash offering **Godzilla Resurgence** (a.k.a.”Shin Godzilla”). Interestingly, the last _Godzilla_ flick that was released by Toho Studios was more than a decade ago in 2004. Naturally, Japanese audiences were privileged to the exploitative antics of the favorable large lizard when **Godzilla Resurgence** premiered earlier this year. Thankfully, Anno’s and Higuchi’s spry creature concoction is now showing up in limited release in other countries as _Godzilla_ dusts off his combative cobwebs from yesteryear and makes a contemporary return to the cinematic psyches for baby-boomers looking to revive their childhood memories of the spike-toothed rampaging rogue doing what he does best: stomping through the endangered streets of Japan in the name of high-wire popcorn entertainment. In any event, there is a willing welcome wagon to embrace this familiar and feisty monstrous menace with robust enjoyment. There have been previous _Godzilla_ editions that were not necessarily received with the pat-on-the-back reception (yes Roland Emmerich–we are referencing your disastrous take on 1998’s _Godzilla_). Still, **Godzilla Resurgence** accomplishes the impossible as it stays close to its humble 1954 roots while managing to sprinkle some fresh impishness within its clever manufactured mayhem. The screening experience of viewing the majestic monster _Godzilla_ is stunning and surreal because the film’s handlers create the terrorizing tension and torture of a full-scale predator crashing his way into the miniature-sized obstacles (people, buildings, bridges, power lines, etc.) with demolished durability. The physical details on the _Godzilla_ monster are hideously wondrous and every bloody drool from the creature’s jagged mouth and ominous scaly skin is profoundly sinister. The thought of Godzilla’s two-ton tail pouncing and waving with destructive defiance generates the additional mystique of this Asia-based destroyer. For those not quite informed about the backstory of the _Godzilla_ mythology it is quite simple: a classical creature was born/created back in 1954 at Toho Studios where filmmaker Ishiro Honda presented a monster flick that would go on to endure as a cult favorite in Japanese cinema and elsewhere around the world for the next six decades. Sure, the various _Godzilla_ installments (not including the derivative American versions) were saddled in inspired cheesiness (you got to love the laughable “man-in-the-monster-suit” cheapened special effects) with toy model sets serving as a deteriorating Japanese background to _Godzilla’s_ cinematic wrath. Nevertheless, the clear message was received thoughtfully and philosophically–_Godzilla_ and his creepy contemporaries was conceived and symbolic of that country’s disillusionment with its atomic bombing past. As a result, the Japanese-based beasts were reflective of the man-made devastation that haunted a targeted region of the world that knew annihilation and humiliation. _Godzilla_ made for some escapist thrills and chills for Japanese movie audiences in the heyday of the 50’s and 60’s but Honda’s alarming predatory pest would also resonate as a freakish catalyst for the country’s past and present turmoil for political, societal and technological survival. Hence, _Godzilla_ is a representative (and product) of a historical nuclear blast that remains as an immense ugly chapter in humanity. **Godzilla Resurgence** (_Shin Godzilla_) introduces good ole Godzilla as a mystery wrecking machine unbeknownst to the Tokyo city officials that have no clue in how to contain the unknown boisterous, beastly intruder as he storms through Japan like a loose sledgehammer through a light bulb factory. Once the return of the ravenous Godzilla had been identified the big brass now has to figure out how to eradicate the enormous fiendish phenomenon. Do they nuke the corrosive creature without the dire consequences of sacrificing its jeopardized citizens in the territory? As the Japanese government agonizes over what should be done with Godzilla’s dubious presence as he methodically smashes everything in his wicked path the cynicism grows moment by moment. Specifically, why is Godzilla’s tumultuous existence impacting their way of life? Is the creature’s overstayed welcome some sort of plot from the rest of the world to dump unrest and debauchery on their sacred grounds? Better yet can the foreign superpowers such as the United States, China or Russia collaborate to help terminate the mighty monster? Will Godzilla disturb global concerns and if so how will the militaristic mindset play out in Japan’s beleaguered backyard? **Godzilla Resurgence** aims to be more than just a typical giant monster movie mired in splashy CGI special effects and engulfed explosions. Anno (“Evangelion”) and Higuchi (“Attack on Titan”) actually serve up a sophisticated and thought-provoking creature caper that digs underneath the throwaway exploitation surface. The tongue-in-cheek nostalgia is firmly maintained and the moviegoers are treated to their share of Godzilla’s manic mischievousness. Importantly, Anno and Higuchi amp up their brand of a disguised political potboiler in the form of a sci-fi monster B movie that sufficiently labors at mirroring the current-day chaos and conflicts that bombard a modern-day Japan (or any inserted nation for that matter). Whether spotlighting international trust/distrust or pinpointing kaiju (meaning “big, brutal monsters”) terrorism as an allegory for Japan’s temporary unseen but inevitable national fallout caused by an impenetrable nature disaster it is quite revealing that **Godzilla Resurgence** delves beyond its cartoonish ruination. Whatever interpretation that one derives from **Godzilla Resurgence** the verdict is undeniably sound that Toho Studios delivers a lively and message-driven platform about uncontrollable forces and critical decisions that befall an ambivalent country undergoing in-house scrutiny. To put it in layman’s terms: **Godzilla Resurgence** is a surprisingly well-done despite its sometimes campy makeup. Surely **Resurgence** is solid enough to uphold the G-man’s beloved legacy in the kaiju genre. **Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla)** 2016 Toho Studios 2 hrs. Starring: Hiroki Hasegawa, Satomi Ishihara, Yutaka Takenouchi, Ren Ohsugi, Akira Emoto Directed by: Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi Written by: Hideaki Anno MPAA Rating: NR Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Action & Adventure/Drama Critic’s rating: *** stars (out of 4 stars) (c) **Frank Ochieng** 2016

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