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GODZILLA®: FINAL WARS
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Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura
Produced by Shogo Tomiyama
Screenplay by Isao Kiriyama

Wataru Mimura

Narrated by Kōichi Yamadera
Starring Masahiro Matsuoka

Rei Kikukawa

Don Frye

Kane Kosugi

Maki Mizuno

Kazuki Kitamura

Masakatsu Funaki

Kumi Mizuno

Kenji Sahara

Masami Nagasawa

Chihiro Otsuka

Masatoh Eve

Jun Kitamura

Akira Takarada

Tsutomu Kitagawa

Music by Keith Emerson

Nobuhiko Morino

Daisuke Yano

Themes: Akira Ifukube

Cinematography Takumi Furuya

Fujio Okawa

Editing by Shūichi Kakesu
Distributed by Toho
Release date(s)
  • November 29, 2004 (World Premiere)
  • December 4, 2004 (Japan)
Running time 125 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Budget $19,500,000
Box office $12 million

Godzilla: Final Wars (ゴジラ ファイナルウォーズ Gojira: Fainaru Wōzu?) is a 2004 Japanese science fiction film directed by Ryuhei Kitamura, scripted by Wataru Mimura and Isao Kiriyama and produced by Shogo Tomiyama. It is the 28th installment in the Godzilla film series, and the sixth in terms of the series' Millennium era. The film stars Masahiro Matsuoka, Don Frye, Rei Kikukawa, Kane Kosugi, Maki Mizuno and Kazuki Kitamura.

The film is set in the present where mutant soldiers are in the ranks of the Earth Defense Organization. An alien invasion by the Xilians unleash a legion of giant monsters across the world, leaving behind only a few surviving humans. The survivors travel to the South Pole to free the Godzilla (2004) from his frozen prison while another group attempts to infiltrate the alien Mothership and take out the Xiliens.

As a 50th anniversary film, a number of actors from previous Godzilla films appeared as main characters or in cameo roles. Kaiju monsters as well made reappearances, as most were last seen more than thirty years earlier. Godzilla: Final Wars premiered on November 29, 2004 in Los Angeles, California and was released on December 4, 2004 in Japan. Before the world premiere, the Godzilla-character received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[1]

Plot

Endless warfare and environmental pollution has resulted in dangerous kaiju and the Earth Defense Force (EDF) is created to protect the planet. The organization is equipped with the best technology, weapons and soldiers, as well as mutants with special abilities. The Japanese Godzilla is the EDF's only unstoppable opponent. The EDF's best combat vehicle, the Gotengo, corners the Japanese Godzilla at the South Pole and buries him under the Antarctic ice, freezing him alive.

Several years later, the EDF discovers a mummified space monster. Mutant soldier Shinichi Ozaki and United Nations biologist Dr. Miyuki Otonashi are sent to research it. Shortly thereafter, the two encounter the Shobijin, fairies of the guardian monster Mothra, who reveal that the monster is Gigan, an alien cyborg sent to destroy Earth 12,000 years earlier. They also warn that a battle between good and evil will happen soon.

Monsters appear in major cities on Earth and the EDF attempts to drive them away. The monsters include Anguirus in Shanghai, Rodan in New York City, King Caesar in Okinawa, Kamacuras in Paris, Kumonga in Arizona, Zilla in Sydney and Ebirah near Tokyo. Despite defeating Ebirah, the EDF is unsuccessful in destroying the monsters. After destroying most of the cities, the monsters vanish and an enormous alien mothership appears over Tokyo. The aliens, known as Xilians, say that they are friendly and have eliminated the monsters. They also warn the Earth about an impending asteroid called Gorath that will impact soon. Because of their seemingly-friendly nature, the UN is disbanded and the Space Nations, an alliance to unite the universe, is organized.

Ozaki, Miyuki, the Gotengo's captain Douglas Gordon and several others distrust the aliens. Using research and undercover work, they discover that the Xilians are actually the ones who unleashed the monsters, and they replaced several members of the EDF with android duplicates. They plan on subjugating humanity to harvest their mitochondria for food. The Xilians are exposed on television. Opposed to the Xilian commander's decision to subtly take over Earth, the alien's subordinate, the Regulator named X, kills the commander and assumes control of Earth's mutants, except for Ozaki. The monsters are again released in Earth's major cities. Ozaki, Miyuki, Gordon, and others flee to their secret facility.

On Mt. Fuji, a hunter, Samon Taguchi, and his grandson, Kenta, discover Minilla, the Japanese Godzilla's son. They are successful in keeping a low profile and hiding from the Xilians' assault.

Gordon proposes freeing the Japanese Godzilla to allow the dinosaur to defeat the other monsters. Using the Gotengo, the EDF goes to Antarctica while being chased by Gigan. After the Japanese Godzilla is released from his hibernation, he kills Gigan, and follows the Gotengo. The Gotengo returns for Tokyo, hoping Godzilla will unwittingly defeat the Xilians. The Xilians send the controlled monsters after Godzilla, but he defeats them in short battles. The Gotengo and Godzilla arrive at Tokyo, whereupon the Gotengo enters the mothership.

During the battle, Ozaki's friend Kazama destroys the Mothership's shield generator at the cost of his own life. Meanwhile, the asteroid Gorath strikes the Japanese Godzilla. Monster X materializes and starts to battle the Japanese Godzilla. Gigan, who has now been upgraded, aids Monster X, but Mothra arrives to engage him into battle. Inside the Xilian mothership, the humans confront the Xilian Regulator. Ozaki is revealed to be a Keizer, an all-powerful being capable of controlling Earth. Deciding to stay with the humans, Ozaki fights the Xilian Regulator, who is also a Keizer. After an extended battle, the humans are victorious and flee the Mothership's destruction.

With Gigan and Mothra dead, the Japanese Godzilla continues his battle with Monster X, who mutates into Keizer Ghidorah. Keizer Ghidorah initially has an advantage over the Japanese Godzilla using lightning to overpower him, and it drains the Japanese Godzilla's power through its teeth. Ozaki aids the Japanese Godzilla by transferring some of his Keizer powers over to the monster and the Japanese Godzilla prevails over Ghidorah. He then turns to attack the Gotengo, but a much larger Minilla arrives and calms his father. Godzilla and Minilla head back out to the ocean, as Godzilla turns and lets out one final roar. Mothra actually survives as in a post credits scene, she is shown heading back to Infant Island with the Shobjin.

Cast

  • Masahiro Matsuoka as Shinichi Ozaki (尾崎 真一 Ozaki Shin'ichi?), a soldier in the Earth Defense Force's M-Unit team.
  • Rei Kikukawa as Miyuki Otonashi (音無 美雪 Otonashi Miyuki?), a molecular biologist recruited by the United Nations.
  • Don Frye as Colonel Douglas Gordon (ダグラス・ゴードン大佐 Dagurasu Gōdon Taisa?), the captain of the Gotengo.
  • Kane Kosugi as Katsunori Kazama (風間 勝範 Kazama Katsunori?), a soldier in the Earth Defense Force's M-Unit and close friend of Ozaki.
  • Maki Mizuno as Anna Otonashi (音無 杏奈 Otonashi Anna?), Miyuki's older sister and a news reporter for Nitto Television.
  • Kazuki Kitamura as the Xilian Regulator (X星人参謀 Ekkusu-seijin Sanbō?), the villainous leader of the Xilian race.
  • Kumi Mizuno as Akiko Namikawa (波川 玲子 Namikawa Akiko?), the Earth Defense Force Commander.
  • Kenji Sahara as Hachiro Jinguji (神宮寺 八郎 Jingūji Hachirō?), a paleontologist and friend of Miyuki who discovers Gigan in Hokkaido.
  • Masami Nagasawa and Chihiro Otsuka as the Shobijin (小美人?), the fairy guardians of Mothra.
  • Shigeru Izumiya as Samon Taguchi (田口 左門 Taguchi Samon?), an elderly hunter based in Mt. Fuji.
  • Kenta Suga as Kenta Taguchi (田口 健太 Taguchi Kenta?), Samon's grandson.
  • Masakatsu Funaki as Commander Kumasaka (熊坂教官 Kumasaka Kyōkan?), the leader of the M-Unit and Ozaki's direct superior.
  • Masatoh Eve as the Xilian General (X星人司令官 Ekkusu seijin Shirei?), the initial leader of the Xilians until he is killed.
  • Jun Kunimura as Major Kumoro (小室少佐 Kumuro Shōsa?), the assistant commander of the Gotengo.
  • Akira Takarada as Naotaro Daigo (醍醐 直太郎 Daigo Naotarō?), the United Nations Secretary-General.
  • Tsutomu Kitagawa as Godzilla (2004), the King of the Monsters and main protagonist who was in an ice-prison for forty years, but freed by Gotengo and follows it and goes all over the world to defeat the monsters under control of the Xilien Invaders.
  • Naoko Kamio as Minilla, the Son of Godzilla and Rodan, a giant pteranodon who loses a fight with Godzilla, along with Anguirus and King Caesar at Mt. Fuji.
  • Mothra, a giant, devine, butterfly/moth-like deity who aids Godzilla in the final battle with Monster X and Gigan.
  • Kazuhiro Yoshida as Gigan, a primary villain of the film and Hedorah, a giant tadpole-like creature.
  • Toshihiro Ogura as Keizer Ghidorah, the three-headed villain of the movie, Anguirus, a giant ankylosaur who lost fighting Godzilla along with Rodan and King Caesar, and Ebirah, a giant lobster.
  • Motokuni Nakagawa as Monster X the primary kaiju antagonist and King Caesar, a lion-like creature who Godzilla beats at Mt. Fuji while at the same time battling Anguirus and Rodan.
  • Frank Welker as the sound effects of Zilla, a mutant assasin engineered by the Xilien extraterrestrials.
  • Manda, a sea serpent who was seen battling the Gotengo, but was ultimately defeated.
  • Kumonga, a giant spider.
  • Kamacuras, a mutated praying mantis.

Several computer animated monsters were created for use in the film. They consist of Manda, Mothra, Kamacuras, and Zilla. Stock footage from previous films were used for other monsters, such as Varan, Gaira, Baragon, Gezora, Titanosaurus, Mechagodzilla, and Megaguirus. The costumes for Rodan, Anguirus and King Caesar were used for fan events after the plans to destroy them were removed.

Production

Music

 Main article: Godzilla: Final Wars (soundtrack)

The music in Godzilla: Final Wars was composed by Keith Emerson, Daisuke Yano and Nobuhiko Morino, while the band Sum 41 contributed the song "We're All To Blame" to the soundtrack (and received high billing in the film's opening credits sequence). Some critics expressed concern with the music of Final Wars, arguing that Emerson's score would be better suited for a campy made-for-television movie or video games, while others pointed out that it made a refreshing change from the music of previous Godzilla films.

Akira Ifukube's themes were mostly absent from the movie, though Godzilla's original theme can be heard at the beginning of the film. However, Keith Emerson did cover the Godzilla theme which is available on the film's official soundtrack. The cover is entitled "Godzilla (Main Theme)".

The bands Sum 41 and Zebrahead contributed the tracks "We're All To Blame" and "Godzilla vs. Tokyo" respectively, to the film,[2] however neither song was on the film's soundtrack.[3]

Filming locations

Godzilla: Final Wars began filming in July 2003. The locations of filming included Sydney, Egypt, New York City, Paris, Shanghai, Arizona and Tokyo.

Promotion

Trailers

Godzilla Final Wars® (2004) - Theatrical Trailer01:59

Godzilla Final Wars® (2004) - Theatrical Trailer

Posters

Critical reception

Godzilla: Final Wars has received mixed reviews from film critics and fans alike. As of May 2011, review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes reports that 44% of critics gave positive reviews for the film based on nine reviews.[4]

Steve Biodrowski of Cinefantastique called the film "utterly fantastic" and "a rush of explosive excitement."[5] Jim Agnew of Film Threat gave the film four and a half stars out of five, saying "the good news for kaiju fans is that Godzilla: Final Wars is a kick-ass giant monster flick."[6] Drew McWeeny of Ain't It Cool News remarked, "Godzilla: Final Wars earns a special place in my heart. It's fun. Pure lunatic fun, every frame."[7] Sean Axmaker of Static Multimedia said, "Directed by a true fan of the old school, it's lusciously, knowingly, lovingly cheesy."[8] Craig Blamer of the Chico News & Review called the film "a giddy and fast-paced celebration of the big guy."[9]

Conversely, David Nusair of Reel Film gave the film one and a half stars out of five, saying that "the battles are admittedly quite entertaining" but felt that director Ryuhei Kitamura "is absolutely the wrong choice for the material."[10] David Cornelius of eFilmCritic gave the film two stars out of five, calling it "the dullest, weakest Godzilla movie I've seen in a long, long time."[11] Ty Burr of the Boston Globe gave the film one and a half stars out of five, saying it focused too much on action and not enough on story, and calling it "35 minutes longer than is necessary."[12]

Among kaiju-related websites, J.L. Carrozza of Toho Kingdom "absolutely love[d]" Final Wars, saying "[it's] no masterpiece, but it is such insane fun that quite frankly it's hard not to adore it."[13] Mike Bogue of American Kaiju said "the film is flawed, but nonetheless entertaining," saying there are "too many [Matrix-style] battles" but that the film "makes excellent use of its monsters" and "Kitamura keeps things moving at a brisk pace."[14] Japan Hero criticized the "[lack of] character development" but concluded that Final Wars is "a very entertaining movie," saying that "Kitamura did a wonderful job making it an interesting and great looking film worthy of being the final [Godzilla] movie."[15]

Stomp Tokyo said "the monster scenes are generally well done" but criticized the film's "incoherence," saying: "It's a shame that Kitamaura couldn't choose a tone for the film, instead shifting the movie's mood wildly from scene to scene."[16] Lenny Taguchi of Monster Zero criticized Keith Emerson's soundtrack but gave Final Wars an overall favorable review, calling it a "fun and good" movie that "tries many things, and generally succeeds at almost all of them."[17]

Box office

At roughly $19,500,000, Godzilla: Final Wars was the most expensive Toho-produced Godzilla film of all time.

Any hopes Toho had of Godzilla: Final Wars ending the series with a box office bang were crushed when the film opened in Japan on December 4, 2004. In its opening weekend, it came in third at the box office with $1,874,559. At the holiday season box office, it was clobbered by Howl's Moving Castle and The Incredibles, both which also pursued the family market. It eventually grossed roughly $12,000,000 at the Japanese box office, with 1,000,000 admissions. Not only was it the least-attended film in the Millennium series, it was also the least attended film in 29 years since Terror of Mechagodzilla.[18]

Home entertainment

DVD

Sony Pictures

  • Released: December 13, 2005
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen (2.39:1) anamorphic
  • Sound: Japanese (5.1), English (5.1)
  • Supplements: Behind-the-Scenes featurette (comparison of B-roll footage to finished film); Trailers for Final Fantasy VII Advent ChildrenSteamboyDust to GloryMirrorMask, and Madison
  • Region 1
  • MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence.

Trailer

Godzilla Final Wars (2004) - Home Video Trailer00:32

Godzilla Final Wars (2004) - Home Video Trailer

Covers

Trivia

  • This is billed as Godzilla's 50th Anniversary Commemoration Project.[1]
  • This is the 28th film in the Godzilla franchise and the last film in the third movie series (the "Millennium Series"), which started in 1999 (with Gojira ni-sen mireniamu). Toho also widely reported that this would be the last Godzilla film for at least a decade (because of the weak box office performances of the previous two films).[2]
  • Executive Producer Shogo Tomiyama decided to extend the film's production schedule beyond the regular time allowed by Toho for Godzilla films, so that the film will be finished before the general release date of 11 December. As a result, this will be the only Godzilla film (as of 2004) that will not have a sneak preview at the Tokyo International Film Festival, which has shown all Godzilla movies every year since Gojira vs. Kingu Gidorâ, a month before their general releases.[3]
  • For the first time ever in a Tôhô-produced Godzilla film, there is an actual location shoot in the USA, mostly in New York City, thanks to Zazou Productions, a Japanese media company based there. However, principal scenes with the policeman and the pimp were shot in Sydney, Australia. Actual NYC sequences were shot at an undisclosed location. Scenes that are supposed to take place in Arizona, however, were shot in Broken Hill, another part of Australia.[4]
  • Whereas regular monsters Mothra and King Ghidorah (this time as Kaisâ-Gidorâ) appear once again, this film marks the long-awaited return of Toho Monsters that have not been seen in decades, including Angirasu (last seen in Gojira tai Mekagojira), Radon (last seen in Gojira VS Mekagojira), and Gigan (not seen since Gojira tai Megaro). Kumonga (Spiga) and Manda were last seen in Kaijû sôshingeki, and Kamakiras (Gimantis) and Godzilla's son Minira were last seen in Gojira-Minira-Gabara: Oru kaijû daishingeki. There are also returns from monsters not seen since their first appearances, such as Ebirâ (from Gojira, Ebirâ, Mosura: Nankai no daiketto, not counting his stock-footage appearance in Gojira-Minira-Gabara: Oru kaijû daishingeki!), Hedorah (from Gojira tai Hedorâ) and King Shisâ (from Gojira tai Mekagojira).[5]
  • This is the first time that Mothra was Godzilla's ally since Destroy All Monsters (1968).[6]
  • The concept of this movie is a mix of elements from the movie Destroy All Monsters (1968), and the games Godzilla: Monster Of Monsters and Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee. It uses the idea of alien invaders coming to earth with an army of monsters at their disposal, having Godzilla being able to avoid control and fight the army of monsters in various cities and areas across the world comes from Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee, and Mothra being his only real ally was used in Godzilla: Monster Of Monsters.[7]
  • Some other Tôhô monsters appear via stock footage during the voice over for the film. Those monsters are Varan (from Varan the Unbelievable), Baragon (from Frankenstein Conquers the World), Gaira (from War of the Gargantuas), Gezora (from Gezora, Ganime, Kameba: Kessen! Nankai no daikaijû), Titanosaurus (from Mekagojira no gyakushu), Megaguirus (from Gojira tai Megagirasu: Jî shômetsu sakusen), Mechagodzilla (in fake Godzilla form - from Gojira tai Mekagojira), and Godzilla Junior (Minira) (from Gojira vs. Desutoroiâ).[8]
  • When picking the monsters for the film, Kitamura originally had Gorosaurus from King Kong Escapes and Kiriyu (Mekagojira) from Gojira tai Mekagojira to appear in Gojira: Fainaru uôzu.[9]
  • One of the attendees at the film's Los Angeles premiere was Patrick Tatopoulos, the creature designer and supervisor for Godzilla. Tatopoulos said that he felt honored that the creature he designed was featured, albeit in a rather inglorious role, in an official Toho Godzilla film.[10]
  • Veteran actor Akira Takarada makes his sixth appearance in a Godzilla film, playing UN Secretary General Naotaro Daigo. His first was in the original Godzilla - monstret från havet, in which he played Hideto Ogata when he was 19. This is a fitting tribute to the first film from 50 years earlier. He was previously in Gojira vs. Mosura as Jôji Minamino.[11]
  • Ever since playing Godzilla in Gojira ni-sen mireniamu, the suits that stuntman Tsutomu Kitagawa wore weighed 100 kilograms, and he compared it to "dragging a tire and giving a piggy-back ride to a fat man while walking." For this film, however, director Ryûhei Kitamura required greater flexibility out of Godzilla. Thus, the new, slimmed-down Godzilla suit weighs 30 kilograms. Kitagawa compared wearing the new suit to "dragging something light with a child on my back."[12]
  • As a treat to die-hard Godzilla fans, the American Godzilla, appears in this film. The creature called Zilla that appears in this film, other than bearing a striking resemblance to the American interpretation of Godzilla, is conceived to directly reference it. This because, according to director Ryûhei Kitamura the 1998 film "has taken the 'God' out of Godzilla." Since the release of the film, the appearance of Zilla in Final Wars has misled many people into misinterpret Zilla as a canonization of the American Godzilla, whereas they are different characters.[13]
  • Director Ryûhei Kitamura and the Tôhô Company hired veteran British music artist Keith Emerson (of Emerson, Lake, & Palmer) to provide the film's score, and tracks from popular North American punk-rock groups. Sum 41 and Zebrahead contribute to the film's soundtrack since those groups were really popular in Japan. (Sum 41's song "We Are To Blame" will be used, and Zebrahead provides an instrumental rock-metal piece, "Godzilla Vs. Tokyo") This marks the first time in a Japanese-produced Godzilla film (in its original Japanese version) of popular music artists outside Japan contributing to a Gojira film's soundtrack.[14]
  • This 28th Godzilla film marked the final use of Toho's Big Pool water tank, which was used for the water scenes for all Tôhô special effects-related films since Hawai Middowei daikaikûsen: Taiheiyô no arashi, for which it was constructed. The Big Pool was 88 meters wide and 72 meters long. It was given one final performance when it was last used for this film on September 7th and was demolished on October 13th. Toho's decision to destroy the pool was due to "progress of special-effects technology such as CG, and a large-scale reconstruction plan of the studio." This was considered by many to be the end of an era.[15]
  • On 29 November 2004, on the same day that Godzilla got his highly publicized star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (#2270), this film made its world premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theater, making this the first time that a Japanese-made Godzilla film made its premiere outside Japan (where the film was released on 4 December 2004).[16]
  • Tôhô continued its practice of casting actors from the original Godzilla series into roles in films for this latest series. For this film, they brought back Akira Takarada, Kenji Sahara, and Kumi Mizuno. In addition, at least four actors from the Heisei Godzilla series appear in this film, and at least one different actor that starred in each of the preceding Millennium Godzilla films makes an appearance in this movie.[17]
  • Actress Tomoe Shinohara, who played the girl in the hostel and hospital scenes in "Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidorâ: Daikaijû sôkôgeki" appears in this film portraying herself in the TV talk show scene. She's identified by a name tag on the table.[18]
  • According to producer Shogo Tomiyama in a "G-Fan" magazine interview, he intended to revive Godzilla Junior for the 50th anniversary film. In the first draft screenplay he and Wataru Mimura wrote, this Godzilla was Godzilla Junior from the Heisei series (which is why everything is on the 100 meter scale again) and Godzilla was imprisoned in the ice at the South Pole in the late 90s. The main action of the film was to have taken place in 2032. When Ryuhei Kitamura and his writer rewrote the script to their liking, this plot device was pretty much removed, making the specifics of the action of the film unknown.[19]
  • Most of Hedorah's scenes were deleted, and in the final cut the monster only makes a brief cameo appearance. A portion of Hedorah's deleted scenes can be seen briefly in the closing credits montage.[20]
  • Mick Preston and Darren Dupree Washington (the police offer and the pimp) originally auditioned for each other's role.[21]
  • Mothra and Gigan begin their battle in front of a fallen Tokyo Tower. In Mosura, Mothra (in her Larva form) destroys this famous landmark to turn herself into her adult form.[22]
  • In one scene, Godzilla takes on Anguirus, Rodan, and King Caesar at once. These three monsters were allies of Godzilla in the Showa era (1954-1975) of the Godzilla series.[23]
  • Destroyer (from "Godzilla vs. Destroyah") was considered to appear. The significance of his role is unknown, whether or not he'd have been a quick kill like the majority of the other monsters Godzilla fought, or be an equal challenge like Monster X/Kaizer Ghidorah, if his role wasn't originally going to be of that.[24]
  • The two operatives at the Antarctic Area-G base listen to a record that is playing the battle music from Gojira tai Mekagojira.[25]
  • The film makes a reference to Gamera, the giant turtle monster from a competing film series, when the child playing with the monster toys yells "You loser!" at a turtle doll and throws it into the fireplace.[26]
  • Despite being a Japanese film, the child playing with the monster toys refers to Anguirus as "Angilas," the name given to the monster in the English language dubs of several previous Godzilla films.[27]
  • In Kaijû sôshingeki, Mothra appears only in her larvae stage, never shown as a fully-grown moth. In this film the opposite is true, with Mothra only appearing as a fully-grown moth, never seen in her larvae stage.[28]
  • Despite being one of Toho's most popular monsters, Mechagodzilla did not appear in the film, having been the focus of the two immediately preceding films: Gojira tai Mekagojira and Gojira tai Mosura tai Mekagojira: Tôkyô S.O.S..[29]
  • The eyepiece occasionally worn by the Controller of Planet X is a reference to the eyepieces worn by the original X aliens from Kaijû daisensô.[30]
  • Aside from Godzilla Junior appearing in stock footage during the opening credits, none of the original monsters from the "Heisei" Godzilla film series are featured in this movie.[31]
  • Director Ryuhei Kitamura makes a cameo appearance in Final Wars as a radio DJ.[32]
  • According to producer Shogo Tomiyama in a G-Fan magazine interview, he intended to revive Godzilla Junior for the 50th anniversary film Godzilla: Final Wars. In the first draft screenplay he and Wataru Mimura wrote, "This Godzilla was Godzilla Junior from the Heisei series and Godzilla was imprisoned in the ice at the South Pole in the late 90s. The main action of the film was to have taken place in 2032." When Ryuhei Kitamura and his writer rewrote the script to their liking, this plot device was pretty much removed, making the specifics of the action of the film unknown.

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  8. ^ Review by Sean Axmaker, Static Multimedia
  9. ^ Review by Craig Blamer, Chico News & Review
  10. ^ Review by David Nusair, Reel Film
  11. ^ Review by David Cornelius, eFilmCritic
  12. ^ Review by Ty Burr, Boston Globe
  13. ^ Review J.L. Carrozza, Toho Kingdom
  14. ^ Review Mike Bogue, American Kaiju
  15. ^ Review Japan Hero
  16. ^ Review Stomp Tokyo
  17. ^ Review Lenny Taguchi, Monster Zero
  18. ^ [4]

External links

See also

Godzilla (franchise)
Films

Godzilla (1954) • Godzilla Raids Again (1955) • King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) • Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) • Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) • Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965) • Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966) • Son of Godzilla (1967) • Destroy All Monsters (1968) • All Monsters Attack (1969) • Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971) • Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972) • Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973) • Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) • Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) • The Return of Godzilla (1984) • Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) • Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) • Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) • Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993) • Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994) • Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995) • Godzilla (1998) • Godzilla 2000 (1999) • Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000) • Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001) • Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002) • Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003) • Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) • Godzilla (2014) • Godzilla 2 (2018) • Godzilla 3 (TBA)

Cancelled films

Godzilla, King of the Monsters 3D (1983-1984) • Godzilla (1994-1996) • Godzilla 2 (1998-2003) • Godzilla 3 (1998-2003) • Godzilla 3D to the Max (2007-2012)

Related films

Rodan (1956) • The Mysterians (1957) • Varan the Unbelievable (1958) • Battle in Outer Space (1959) • Mothra (1961) • Gorath (1962) • Atragon (1963) • Dogora (1964) • Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965) • The War of the Gargantuas (1966) • King Kong Escapes (1967) • Latitude Zero (1969) • Space Amoeba (1970) • The War in Space (1977) • Gunhed (1989) • Rebirth of Mothra (1996) • Rebirth of Mothra II (1997) • Rebirth of Mothra III (1998)

Television

Zone Fighter (1973) • Ike! Godman (1972–1973) • Ike! Greenman (1973–1974) • Godzilla (1978–1981) • Godzilla Island (1997–1998) • Godzilla: The Series (1998–2000)

Video games

Godzilla: OnlineG-Patrol VR Combat SimulatorGodzilla (handheld LCD game)Godzilla: Virtual ShakinGodzilla (pinball game)Godzilla: The Series (video game)Godzilla: The Series - Monster WarsGodzilla: Trading BattleGodzilla GenerationsGodzilla: UnleashedColossal Kaiju Combat

Soundtracks

Godzilla: The AlbumPuff Daddy: Come With MeJamiroquai: Deeper UndergroundGodzilla: The ScoreGodzilla: Complete Original Score From The Motion PictureGodzilla: The Ultimate Edition50th Anniversary Godzilla Soundtrack Perfect Collection - Vol. 6Godzilla: Original Motion Picture Score

Comics

Fox Kids Magazine - Godzilla: The SeriesGodzilla: Rulers of Earth (issue 1)Godzilla: Rulers of Earth (issue 2)Godzilla: Rulers of Earth (issue 8)Godzilla: Rulers of Earth (issue 13)Godzilla: Rulers of Earth (issue 21)Godzilla: Rulers of Earth (issue 25)

Books

Godzilla (novelization)Godzilla: Junior Digest NovelizationGodzilla: A StorybookGodzilla: Attack of the Baby GodzillasGodzilla: A NovelizationGodzilla: The Official AnnualGodzilla: The Movie ScrapbookGodzilla (book 1)Godzilla (book 2)Godzilla: Monster Coloring Fun!Godzilla: Monster Coloring, Mazes, and Games!

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