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Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002)

ゴジラ×メカゴジラ (2002)

PG 88 min - Action, Foreign, Horror, Science Fiction - 2 November 2002
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After the appearance of a new Gojira (Godzilla), the Japanese government builds a robotic Godzilla from the bones of the original monster that attacked Tokyo in 1954 to stop the beast. 『ゴジラ×メカゴジラ』(ゴジラたいメカゴジラ)は、2002年(平成14年)12月14日に公開された日本映画で、「ゴジラシリーズ」の第26作である。GMGと略される。併映は『とっとこハム太郎 ハムハムハムージャ!幻のプリンセス』。キャッチコピーは「砕け散るまで戦え!」「起動・共鳴・氷砕」。興行収入は19億1000万円、観客動員は170万人。

Director:  Masaaki Tezuka
Stars:  Yumiko Shaku, Shin Takuma, Kana Onodera, Kô Takasugi, Tsutomu Kitagawa, Kumi Mizuno

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Storyline

After the appearance of a new Gojira (Godzilla), the Japanese government builds a robotic Godzilla from the bones of the original monster that attacked Tokyo in 1954 to stop the beast. 『ゴジラ×メカゴジラ』(ゴジラたいメカゴジラ)は、2002年(平成14年)12月14日に公開された日本映画で、「ゴジラシリーズ」の第26作である。GMGと略される。併映は『とっとこハム太郎 ハムハムハムージャ!幻のプリンセス』。キャッチコピーは「砕け散るまで戦え!」「起動・共鳴・氷砕」。興行収入は19億1000万円、観客動員は170万人。


Collections: Godzilla, Masaaki Tezuka

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Country:   Japan
Language:  Japanese
Release Date:  2 November 2002

Box Office

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Toho Film (Eiga) Co. Ltd.

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 28 min

Story

In 1999, 45 years after Godzilla’s first attack, Lieutenant Akane Yashiro, a mazer-cannon technician, is unable to kill a new member of Godzilla’s species during her first fight. She is made a scapegoat for the military’s losses during the battle and transferred to a desk job. During the battle, it was discovered that Godzilla is immune to mazer fire, rendering all of the Japanese military useless against him should he return. Scientists, including single father Tokumitsu Yuhara, are gathered to build a bio-mechanical robot from the original Godzilla’s skeleton. Four years later, the cyborg Mechagodzilla, named Kiryu, is finished and inducted into the Japan Self-Defense Forces along with its human pilots as the Kiryu Squadron. Akane becomes the main pilot for Kiryu. However, memories of Akane’s actions during the original fight still linger, and one of her squadron mates, 2nd lieutenant Susumu Hayama holds her responsible for the death of his brother.

A while later, Mechagodzilla is shown to the world, and the complete system that controls the unit is explained. Controlled remotely from a control craft that resembles a very large jet fighter with VSTOL capabilities, it can be remotely recharged from the ground using microwaves that are relayed through a power system on one of the command aircraft, and then beamed back down to the robot. For the end of the presentation, its greatest and most powerful weapon, the freezing Absolute Zero cannon, is shown. At the same time, Godzilla shows up once again, and Kiryu is launched into battle. In the midst of the first battle, Kiryu’s soul is awoken by Godzilla’s roar and brings with it the memories of the original Godzilla’s death. As if possessed by the original Godzilla, Kiryu proceeds to destroy the city around it after Godzilla retreats to the ocean floor. Horrified, the Kiryu Squadron can only watch and alarm as the rampaging cyborg destroys more city property than Godzilla did. After 1 hour, Kiryu runs out of energy and is brought back to headquarters for further work.

All the while, Akane attempts to settle matters involving Hayama, Tokumitsu, and his distressed daughter, Sara; who sees Kiryu as a being with a right to life and that it should befriend Godzilla rather than battle him. Later, Godzilla attacks again. After repairs are made, Kiryu is released from the air and hits Godzilla with immense speed. At this point, Godzilla and Mechagodzilla face off in a head-to-head battle where each combatant sizes up its opposite and exchange powerful blows that also devastate the cityscape around them. Kiryu gains the upper hand and beats down Godzilla, grabbing his tail and spinning him around, then letting go and sending him flying. Kiryu proceeds to launch the Absolute Zero, but Godzilla fires his atomic breath. During the course of the impact, Kiryu is disabled, and the remote piloting system completely taken offline. In an effort to continue the fight and press what advantage over Godzilla they still have, Akane orders the pilot to land his command craft so that she can make her way to Mechagodzilla and take control from its internal backup cockpit. Now under direct human control, Kiryu rises from the ground one more time and closes in on Godzilla for a final blow, hoping to use the Absolute Zero cannon at point-blank range. The two titans collide, and Akane uses Kiryu`s thrusters to propel it and Godzilla out to sea before the cannon fires, freezing a huge portion of the ocean around them. After the blast clears, Godzilla is shown to be alive but with a huge gash in his chest, steadily walking back into the ocean. Kiryu is heavily damaged, missing its right arm, and the Absolute Zero cannon is devastated. With the Kiryu Squadron successful in defeating the monster,Godzilla retreats. In a post-credits scene, Akane agrees to have dinner with Tokumitsu and Sara and gives Kiryu one last salute for his aid in battling Godzilla.

Cast & Characters

家城茜:釈由美子
湯原徳光:宅麻伸
湯原沙羅:小野寺華那
富樫機龍隊隊長:高杉亘
葉山進:友井雄亮
葉山の兄:森末慎二
関根健二:水野純一
テレビ司会者:大城英司
しらさぎパイロット:海老原智彦、青木淳
分析部担当:坂田雅彦
航空自衛隊幹部:飯山弘章
山田薫:萩尾みどり
赤松伸治:白井晃
菅野吾郎:六平直政
菱沼:加納幸和
一柳:中原丈雄
土橋:上田耕一
柘植真智子:水野久美
自衛隊員:三浦武蔵
飯山の災害現場のアナウンサー:佐藤陽子
NWKアナウンサー:井出勝己
メーサー殺獣光線車砲手:山本剣
菱沼の部下:西岡生博
沙羅の友達:永井杏、苫篠ひとみ、高橋優希、西原信裕
外人記者:ポール・カミンスキ、マリア・テレサ・ガウ
五十嵐隼人:中尾彬

カメオ出演
松井秀喜(本人役):松井秀喜
館山・コンビニ店員:村田雄浩
車で避難する男:杉作J太郎
館山でゴジラに家を潰される男:柳沢慎吾
酉澤安施:中村嘉葎雄
役名は機龍隊服装のデザインを担当した酉澤安施から。
品川東病院の看護婦・辻森:田中美里
宮川二尉:永島敏行
工藤隊員:谷原章介
田中と永島、谷原の役名は、3人が『ゴジラ×メガギラス G消滅作戦』に出演した際の役に基づいている。
品川・避難する患者:藤山直美
防衛庁技術研究所警備隊員:田中実
特自幹部B:渡辺哲
特自幹部:江藤潤
館山のアナウンサー:吹越満
湯原の妻:北原佐和子
陸自隊員:倉敷保雄

スーツアクター
ゴジラ:喜多川務
メカゴジラ:石垣広文

Staff

監督:手塚昌明
特殊技術:菊地雄一
脚本:三村渉
製作:富山省吾
エクゼクティブプロデューサー:森知貴秀
音楽:大島ミチル
3式機龍(メカゴジラ)デザイン:西川伸司
機龍隊衣装デザイン:酉澤安施

Director: Masaaki Tezuka
Producers: Takahide Morichi
Shōgo Tomiyama
Writer: Wataru Mimura
Starring: Yumiko Shaku
Shin Takuma
Kou Takasugi
Yuusuke Tomoi
Kumi Mizuno
Akira Nakao
Tsutomu Kitagawa as Godzilla
Music: Michiru Oshima
Cinematography: Masahiro Kishimoto
Editing: Shinichi Fushima
Shinichi Natori
Studio: Toho
Distributor: Toho
Tristar Pictures

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