The 70th Anniversary Godzilla film, Godzilla Minus One, is a month and a half away from release. Tickets are already on sale in Japan and sites have listed the runtime for the celebration. Takashi Yamazaki's film will clock in at 125 minutes, (2 hours and 5 minutes) tying with Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) as the longest Toho Godzilla film.
Including Hollywood and Polygon productions, it clocks in as the third longest Godzilla film in the franchise, right behind Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) at 2 hours and 12 minutes and Godzilla (1998) at 2 hours and 19 minutes. Godzilla (2014) (2 hours and 3 minutes) rounds out the top five.
The film is also confirmed to have a G rating by Eirin, Japan's "Film Classification and Rating Organization." For context, this is the same rating Japan gave to Godzilla (2014), Shin Godzilla, Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Godzilla vs. Kong (2021).
Set in a post-war Japan, Godzilla Minus One will once again show us a Godzilla that is a terrifying and overwhelming force. Japan, which had already been devastated by the war, faces a new threat with Godzilla, bringing the country from nothing (zero) into the ‘minus.’
Godzilla Minus One is directed by Takashi Yamazaki. An award winning filmmaker and avid Godzilla fan, his work on Always: Sunset on Third Street (2005) earned him two Japanese Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Screenwriter. He was honored with another Best Director and Best Screenplay nomination for the sequel, Always: Sunset on Third Street 2 (2007). In 2016, he won the Best Director category again for The Eternal Zero. Yamazaki also helmed highly acclaimed actioners, Returner, Space Battleship Yamato and many others.
He gave Godzilla a cameo during an opening dream sequence in Always: Sunset on Third Street 2. In 2021 he returned to Godzilla and directed footage for Seibuen Amusement Park's Godzilla the Ride: Giant Monster Battle Summit.
The film stars Ryunosuke Kamiki (The Great Yokai War), Minami Hamabe (Shin Kamen Rider), Yuki Yamada (Gokaiger), Munetaka Aoki (Ruroni Kenshin), Hidetaka Yoshioka (Always: Sunset on Third Street), Sakura Ando (The Great Yokai War: Guardians) and Kuranosuke Sasaki (Samurai Hustle).
Godzilla Minus One opens in Japan on November 3rd, 2023, Godzilla Day.
It opens in the United States on December 1st, 2023.
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This article was written By G. H. (Gman) and published on 2023-09-16 22:51:05
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