Godzilla Final Wars
By Mark Schaefer
– The World Premiere of Godzilla Final Wars will be
held on Monday,
November 29th at the world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, California. This will
be the first time that a Japanese-made Godzilla film has been premiered outside Japan (where the film
is scheduled to be released on December 4, 2004).
There’s plenty of secrecy surrounding the release of this
highly anticipated film -- but Penny Blood will be
there to get the scoop! To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Godzilla, we’ll speak with the filmmakers
of Godzilla Final Wars and be on site when “The King of Monsters” receives his star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame. Keep checking back on our website for updates, and the review for Godzilla’s latest film.
In 1954, a Japanese fishing boat called the Daigo Fukuryu
Maru accidentally strayed into a U.S. Naval
nuclear testing zone in the Pacific Ocean's Bikini Atoll. The fishermen who were near the test site received
near-fatal amounts of radiation. At the same time, a large prehistoric underwater creature called the “Gojira”
(Godzillasaurus) was also exposed to the very same nuclear blast. Shortly thereafter, a series of horrible
shipping disasters began to occur in Tokyo Bay, and local fishing villages were attacked. The survivors
reported seeing, “A very large and scary looking sea monsters with radio-active breath.”
Twenty-eight motion pictures later, Godzilla is still stomping on Tokyo.
Godzilla Final Wars
Godzilla Final Wars is reportedly the most expensive
Godzilla movie Toho Pictures has ever produced.
The film is directed by Ryuhei Kitamura. It stars Masahiro Matsuoka, Rei Kikukawa, and Tsutomu
Kitagawa as the suit actor for “Godzilla.” Penny Blood has been able to obtain these rare sneak preview
images from Godzilla Final Wars for our online fans.
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Godzilla Final Wars Story
Incessant wars and nuclear explosions have steadily eroded
the global environment. A large number of monsters
have awakened from hibernation. A group of talented mutants, called the Earth-Defense Force, is assembled to
combat the international threat. In Northern Japan, the mummy of a mysterious monster is found. The Earth-Defense
Force sends Shinichi Ozaki of Organization M (Masahiro Matsuoka) to investigate the discovery with biologist
Miyuki Otonashi (Rei Kikukawa.) Meanwhile, monsters simultaneously start attacking cities around the world –
New York, Paris, Shanghai, and Sydney. The Earth-Defense Force promptly mobilizes its team but they’re
quickly outnumbered by the monsters. Can Godzilla save mankind?
The director of Toho Picture’s Godzilla: Tokyo SOS,
Massaaki Tezuka, made a rare appearance recently
at the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles, California. Although he wasn’t directly involved with Toho’s
Godzilla Final Wars, Tezuka revealed that he was somewhat knowledgeable of the new production and
speculated that there could be at least fourteen classic kaiju monsters battling Godzilla. The Japanese word
Kaiju is roughly translated as "mysterious beast" and Godzilla fans have not seen such a large scale reunion
of these classic Japanese kaiju since Destroy all Monsters (1968), so expectations for the new film are running
Penny Blood has learned that the new film will
include appearances by Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, Ebirah,
Hedorah, King Shisa, Angilas, Gigan, Kumonga, Manda, Kamakiras, and Minilla, better known as “Godzilla’s son.”
Director Ryuhei Kitamura also announced that the Hollywood
CGI Godzilla "Zilla" will also make an appearance.
The 1998 Hollywood Godzilla movie is often sited by fans as “the worst Godzilla movie ever” and Kitamura
stated that he renamed the creature “Zilla” because Hollywood "had taken the 'God' out of Godzilla" for fans.
The “man-in-suit Godzilla” and CGI Godzilla (Zilla) are supposed to fight each other in the new movie
The CGI Godzilla (Zilla) is supposed to be an "assassin
monster" engineered by the “aliens from Planet X” to kill
“real” Godzilla. It appears the filmmakers are pulling out all the stops.
This will be the last of three films in the
Godzilla trilogy known the "Millennium Series,” which also included
Godzilla 2000 and Godzilla: Tokyo SOS.
This will be the first time that a Toho Godzilla
film had some actual location shooting in the United States of
America, mostly shot in New York City. There were also scenes shot in Australia.
Music for the film’s soundtrack is being provided
by Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake, & Palmer fame. The
American groups Zebrahead and Sum 41 also present tracks.
Godzilla Week in Los Angeles
Watch for Penny Blood’s upcoming report on Godzilla Week in Los Angeles!
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