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Shin Godzilla One Year Anniversary

Shin Godzilla One Year Anniversary

G. H. (Gman)

Jul-28-2017 6:45 PM

(Header image by My Kaiju)
One year ago in Japan, Shin Godzilla was released. Its inception caused a lot of controversy, but generally it seems the film has become highly praised addition to the series--For some an abomination, but for others one of the best in the series.

The film was written and directed by acclaimed director Hideaki Anno and special effects/co-director Shinji Higuchi finally got his opportunity to bring Godzilla to life.

The film's themes, while lost on most foreign audiences, resonated with the Japanese as important social issues were touched on--The political ineptitude regarding the 2011 Fukushima disaster, the push to change the Japanese Constitution and Japan's uneasy relationship with other country's. As a result the film was deemed important enough to win the Japanese Academy Award for Best Picture, in addition to six other awards, including Best Director(s).

It's only fitting that the film drop on home video in North America Tuesday. Fans will get to celebrate into next week with the DVD/Blu-ray. Happy one year to yet another iteration of the King of the Monsters.

30 Responses to Shin Godzilla One Year Anniversary

I Meme Everything (Tyrannos)

Jul-28-2017 6:47 PM

Currently my favourite Godzilla movie.

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Draegar: The Hooded Figure

Jul-28-2017 6:51 PM

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Ben Swolo (UZ80)

Jul-28-2017 6:58 PM

While I don't think I would put this film in my top five favorite Godzilla films. I was very happy that I saw this movie.

Godzilla... Truly a God incarnate.

Sci-Fi King25

Jul-28-2017 7:15 PM

Can't believe it's been a year already. Still my third favorite Godzilla movie and first Japanese Godzilla movie I've seen in theaters.

“Banana oil.”- George Takei, Gigantis: The Fire Monster

KingKaijuGojira

Jul-28-2017 7:27 PM

I loved this movie. I can't wait for Tuesday. I want it so badly. I can't believe it's only been a year.

\"SKREEONGK!\" -Godzilla

Xenotaris

Jul-28-2017 7:42 PM

I hate Shin Godzilla, it's essentially a Japanese version of Godzilla 1998 that is made by Toho.

 

ゴジラ115

Jul-28-2017 8:25 PM

I absolutely loved Shin Gojira, as of now its my 2nd favorite Godzilla film after Gojira(1954), & I can't to get my hands on the Blu-ray release. Also Fingers Crossed for NECA to make a Giant Shin Gojira figure in the future.

The Legend of Brian

Jul-28-2017 9:34 PM

I had a blast with Shin Godzilla, I saw it twice when it got the limited release here in the US. It's definitely a different take on The King of the Monsters. Some people will say that it's Godzilla 1998 all over again, but in my opinion where Godzilla 1998 took away classic attributes of Godzilla, Shin added onto preexisting attributes, like the back and tail lasers. For some this was too much and it stopped being classic Godzilla. It's a fair argument, I just happen not to agree. Like in the movie, Godzilla as a franchise must evolve to survive, and hell why not go crazy with lasers? 

G. H. (Gman)

Jul-28-2017 9:41 PM

I've always giggled at the complaints over the beams from his spines. Because Godzilla's never gone nuts with lasers and lights exploding from his body before....

Like you said The Legend of Brian, adding to preexisting attributes.

The Legend of Brian

Jul-28-2017 10:09 PM

I'm surprised people were upset in the first place. G. H. (Gman), lasers rock. But you're correct there was a precedent to it and it makes sense. Also I'm not sure how to tag a user on here.

Ben Swolo (UZ80)

Jul-28-2017 10:12 PM

I've heard that some people were actually mad that Godzilla's atomic breath was changed to purple.

Godzilla... Truly a God incarnate.

G. H. (Gman)

Jul-28-2017 10:18 PM

 ^They were when it was changed orange in 1999 too. Everyone got over it. Besides, it helps set it apart from Legendary's series which is wise.

The Legend of Brian

Jul-28-2017 10:23 PM

I like how the atomic breath started out as mist and slowly compressed into a fine beam. It's like the orange atomic breath from Godzilla 2000 like Gman said. Toho decided to go a different route to be original. Speaking of which I just got the email saying my copy has shipped. 

Ben Swolo (UZ80)

Jul-28-2017 10:24 PM

Exactly. Honestly I use to think the purple atomic breath was an odd design choice, but I got use to it real quick.

Godzilla... Truly a God incarnate.

Huge-Ben

Jul-29-2017 3:32 AM

Happy one year anniversary to my 2nd favorite Godzilla film and what I consider the best Godzilla film since the 1954 original. 

I'm glad Toho took risks and got such incredible talent involved with the making of this film. While the film does drag a bit in the latter half of the film, it's easy to get caught up in the action altogether when watching this film. Like GMK, it addresses for Japan to become a stronger nation like what Gman pointed out in his article a few months ago. 

There were so many references to the 54 original film While also providing some 84 in the mix. I love this film. Sure, people are going to say GINO 2.0, but they're misguided. Hell, the 54 original press material and Shin have a lot more in common than what meets the eye. They're both animals that either already evolved, or was able to evolve. 

Even if this is a stand alone film, I am so happy they made it, and that I was able to watch it in theaters for the limited run here in the states. I can only hope that Toho eventually makes more live action films in the near future. I'm going to give the anime Godzilla a chance, but, I sincerely hope that Toho goes back to tokusatsu as it is their tradition and their art form. While I do like the CGI in Shin Godzilla, I would have loved to have seen it in practical effects, although the CGI was rough in a lot of parts earlier on in the film, it got better as the film progressed and the CGI was convincing at some points where you would think it was a animatronic puppet. 

 

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Xenotaris

Jul-29-2017 8:36 AM

Wait aren't all animals evolved? The one thing of many things I hated about Shin Godzilla was it can evolve like a damn virus. Evolution doesn't work that way, Hideki Anno! Shin Godzilla was less of a Godzilla more like Neon Genesis Evangelion Angel and the ending was very reminiscent to this with Shin Godzilla about to start Third Impact!

Also, I hated how they couldn't even bother to hire a Japanese American to play as a Japanese American!

Also, I hate that they still make America the enemy even though we are allies. Well, frienemies. 

 

Im Durp

Jul-29-2017 9:16 AM

Hard to believe it's been a year. I don't know how I'd rate this one, but I know I really enjoyed it. I have some problems with it but overall a fun ride, can't wait to pick up a copy at some point.

Jamaal

Jul-29-2017 2:03 PM

Shin Godzilla is easily within my top three Godzilla films. During the film's production my hope was that we would be given a film with a dynamic story and riveting narrative. I also wanted to see a film that had a contemporary look and feel, a semi-documentary atmosphere, as if we were looking at a series of events just as they were unfolding. I wasn't that familiar with the work of Hideaki Anno, so I really didn't now what to expect, which turned out to be a good thing. Along with all of this, I wanted a film that was evocative of the 1954 original masterpiece in terms of atmosphere, story, visuals and meaning. When the designs started to be leaked, especially the 'teaser' poster in December 2014, I began to feel that we were on the cusp of something remarkable, a unique experience in the Series. When the first trailer was released on April 2016, a sense of relief came over me. Prior to this, there had been rumors and reports about the state of production, including major changes with regard to techniques used. That beautiful trailer was a joy to behold. I saw in it the potential for a serious, landmark film that would reach and resonate with non-fans well beyond the 'niche' of kaiju eiga and other tokasatsu films. In these forums I expressed a hope that the narrative of Shin Godzilla would be as compelling and important as the special and visual effects. The second trailer, released around July 19th, unfolding against the stirring themes of Shiro Sagisu, strengthened my hope for that great, truly great film Godzilla, a film that would be memorable and beautiful. 

Shin Godzilla has fulfilled all of my hopes; it's everything I have wanted to see and, just as importantly, experience in a Godzilla film. I have found in Team Yaguchi a group of characters that not only hold my attention, but earn my respect and admiration. Hideaki Anno, through the use of those almost jarring close ups, transports you from being an observer to being an actual participant in the meetings that punctuate the film's urgent narrative. It is this involvement that in many ways sets Shin Godzilla apart from many other films in the Series. It is not only meaningful, but it involves you and makes you part of its journey. I found myself unable to stop thinking about it and wanting to see it during that amazing theatrical run. 

Shin Godzilla is a great, seminal film that is contemporary and topical, while being traditional and carrier of homages at the same time. 

Jamaal

Jul-29-2017 4:10 PM

G.H. (Gman):

I clicked on the link in your article about Shin Godzilla's themes and re-read your excellent article about the comparison between it and Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack in terms of their themes, especially regarding Japanese nationalism. So, because of you, I'm going to have to watch GMK again this weekend.

These are great times.

And, only 600 days until Godzilla:King of the Monsters.

 

Jamaal

Jul-29-2017 4:21 PM

As someone who served in the U.S. Navy during the Cold War and the son of a soldier who fought in the Pacific War, I can tell you that the people most desirous of war are those who have never seen it. The sailors who man the Navy's fleet ballistic missile submarines feel that a successful deterrent patrol is one from which they return with all of their missiles. The 41 For Freedom were the 41 Polaris/Poseidon nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines commissioned between 1960-67. None of them ever fired a missile in anger. As a result, we're here, safe and sound, talking about giant monsters. The motto of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) was "Peace is Our Profession." 

riggzamortis86

Jul-31-2017 8:22 AM

I cant wait to own it tomorrow! its been over 10 months since my wife and I saw it in theaters here in the states. I read that even though it was only a limited release it still made top 20 on the charts that week!

when we saw the movie I actually felt like somewhat scared! the first time we actually see Godzilla isn't what I imagined this movie to start out with. my wife whispered over to me "WTF IS THAT!?", and my response was..."I have no F-ing idea". this movie showed Godzilla act almost completely different but I still felt like I knew this Godzilla. I loved the tanks sound just like the classic 1954 movie along with the score and Godzilla's roar.  cant wait to own it!

To comment on his new powers, they are great and fresh! I don't know why people are complaining about them as much as they are. Godzilla freaking flew around in Godzilla vs Hedorah! People got over that. He slid on his tail in Godzilla vs Megalon. then the next year later he developed a magnetizing ability to combat Mecha-g. Don't get me started in the Heisei series. but now 30 to 40 some odd years later we accepted that Godzilla changes all the time. even his appearance changes. we always just went for the ride knowing we are going to have fun!

So you can always complain now about it but 20 years from now new fans will look back on this film with a breath of fresh air and say the same things we are saying when Godzilla reaches his 50th flim and they probably give him wings or something like that. haha

YOU.....DUMBBELL!

riggzamortis86

Aug-02-2017 6:08 AM

just watched it last night for the first time with English overdub dialogue. I missed a lot of key plot points watching it once in theaters. the characters talked so fast the subtitles kept flowing pass like crazy. I couldn't keep up. but now that I watched it again I realized how crazy powerful Shin Gojira really is! 

YOU.....DUMBBELL!

riggzamortis86

Aug-02-2017 1:04 PM

Another point in the movie I would like to point out about Shin Gojira(and im sure everyone else thought the same thing).

Shin Gojira is the first Godzilla movie since the original 1954 flim that the citizens of Japan acted like Godzilla is something new! Seriously think about it, every Godzilla movie(after 1954) the characters have a protocol when confronting Godzilla. They know who he is, what he can do, and react one way or another either trying to kill him with a new battle plan or sci-fi gadget or try or let him fight another monster, or most commonly everyone runs away. But every single movie reflects the original 1954 film or makes direct references to it.

in Shin Gojira, they had no idea what to do, how to really handle the situation or what he even is. They even didn't have a name for him. With these elements I was shocked. There isn't a 1954 attack by the original Gojira.

Im not sure if this forum ever brought that up before. I thought it was interesting for a Toho movie to do that.

YOU.....DUMBBELL!

The Legend of Brian

Aug-02-2017 6:39 PM

Just got my copy today and watched the subbed version and will watch the dub tomorrow. The only thing I've got to say is that yeah, it is sometimes difficult to follow what's happening while trying to read every subtitle. This is compounded by all the long sequences of dialog, but it's definitely better than the theatrical version. I suspect that this will be better in the dub, if it's good that is. My only other issue at this point was the English dialogue. 

This movie is still utterly fantastic. I know there's probably other things that'll surface as I re-watch the movie more, but man I think Shin Godzilla is going to hold up for a long time.

Huge-Ben

Aug-02-2017 6:57 PM

I've actually watched the English dubbed version. While I appreciate the hard work and effort by the men and women who used their voices in the dubbed, I was actually a bit surprised how good it was in some spots. I'll stick to the original Japanese version, but the dubbing isn't too bad, not too great either, but it was worth checking out.

My main complaint is the extras. I guess it's ok for the Matt Frank fans out there to witness him talk about the film, I wanted more like the Japanese release that I own that includes the animatronic puppet being tested and behind the scenes footage. 

All in all, thank you Funimation for the release theatrically and blu ray/DVD release. Anyone else have their thoughts on the dubbed version yet? 

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EmptyH

Aug-02-2017 10:02 PM

I loved this film and am looking forward to owning a copy.  I am looking forward to seeing it a few more times because right now I am unsure if it is my favorite or second favorite godzilla film and only more views will help answer that question.

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riggzamortis86

Aug-03-2017 5:54 AM

@Huge-Ben,

I agree about the lack luster on extra's. I guess I must own a copy of the original Japanese release to get those juicy special features. I didn't watch the whole Godzilla vs The Nerds feature yet.

But I had to get the Blu-Ray/Dvd combo. the sleeve looks so cool on the blu-ray. plus that's my goal is to own every Godzilla movie on every format that they where made on. From VHS to Blu-ray to whatever comes next.

the over dubbed version is pretty damn good. I was able to follow along better during the long dialogue sequences and understand what's all really going on. I recommend it to anybody. I always try and watch the subbed versions of these movies but this film is a bit more tricky.

YOU.....DUMBBELL!

Ben Swolo (UZ80)

Aug-03-2017 3:05 PM

Just got Shin Godzilla on DVD.

Godzilla... Truly a God incarnate.

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