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Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

ゴジラ×メガギラス G消滅作戦 (2000)

NR 105 min - Action, Science Fiction - 3 November 2000
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Godzilla returns to terrorize Japan! This time, however, Japan has two new weapons to defend themselves. The Gryphon, a high-tech ship, and the Dimension Tide, a device that creates artificial black holes! During a test of the Dimension Tide, eggs appear in the city of Shibuya and hatch into terrifying Meganurons! These creatures need water to grow and flood the city of Shibuya by breaking underground water veins. As they multiply and grow, they start to feed on the energy of humans. After gathering enough energy, they transform in to giant dragonfly monsters called Meganuras! And now they target Godzilla for energy to feed to the larva of their queen, which eventually hatches into the terrifying 60-meter Megaguirus who also begins to attack Godzilla for his energy. Now a 3-way battle between Godzilla, the Megaguirus, and humans begins! Will Godzilla win? Will humanity survive?

Director:  Masaaki Tezuka
Writers:  Hiroshi Kashiwabara, Wataru Mimura
Stars:  Misato Tanaka, Masatō Ibu, Shosuke Tanihara, Yuriko Hoshi, Toshiyuki Nagashima, Kôichi Yamadera, Yûsaku Yara, Tsutomu Kitagawa, Kôichi Ueda

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Storyline

Godzilla returns to terrorize Japan! This time, however, Japan has two new weapons to defend themselves. The Gryphon, a high-tech ship, and the Dimension Tide, a device that creates artificial black holes! During a test of the Dimension Tide, eggs appear in the city of Shibuya and hatch into terrifying Meganurons! These creatures need water to grow and flood the city of Shibuya by breaking underground water veins. As they multiply and grow, they start to feed on the energy of humans. After gathering enough energy, they transform in to giant dragonfly monsters called Meganuras! And now they target Godzilla for energy to feed to the larva of their queen, which eventually hatches into the terrifying 60-meter Megaguirus who also begins to attack Godzilla for his energy. Now a 3-way battle between Godzilla, the Megaguirus, and humans begins! Will Godzilla win? Will humanity survive?


Collections: Godzilla, Masaaki Tezuka

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Country:   Japan
Language:  Japanese
Release Date:  3 November 2000

Box Office

Budget:  $8,300,000

Company Credits

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

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 45 min

Story

The prologue of the film acknowledges the events of the first Godzilla film, while inventing its own timeline, explaining that the capital of Japan was moved from Tokyo to Osaka. The film takes place in an alternate universe with advanced technology, explaining that in 1966, Godzilla attacks the first Japanese nuclear plant in Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture. After this, a section of Japanese Self Defence Force was dedicated to fight Godzilla, and was called G-Graspers. In 1996, clean plasma energy replaced nuclear energy, however this did not deter Godzilla from attacking.

In 2001, an experimental satellite-based weapon that fires miniature black holes, called the Dimension Tide, opens a wormhole through which a prehistoric dragonfly enters the present and deposits a single egg before exiting through the wormhole. A boy finds the egg and takes it with him when he moves to Tokyo. The egg starts oozing a strange liquid, so the boy throws the egg in the sewer. The egg, actually a mass of hundreds of eggs, splits up and starts growing when exposed to water, hatching into large dragonfly larva called Meganulon that come out of the sewer to feed. They flood a portion of the city and moult on the sides of buildings, becoming adult Meganula.

Meanwhile, the atomic dinosaur Godzilla appears, in search of a source of nuclear energy, despite the edict shutting down all such attractants after his three previous appearances. While Godzilla is fighting the G-Graspers, who are assisted by rebellious scientist Hajime Kudo, the swarm of Meganula are attracted in turn to Godzilla’s energy, and attack him. Most Meganula are killed, but a few drain some of Godzilla’s energy and return to the sewer. With the last of their strength, the Meganula inject Godzilla’s energy into a huge, sleeping larva that is in a giant, pulsating cocoon. It molts and appears from the water as Megaguirus, the queen of the Meganula.

After destroying part of the city with shock waves generated by her beating wings, Megaguirus heads to the waterfront and faces Godzilla. Being territorial, Megaguirus considers the city to be her hunting ground. As they engage in a lengthy battle, she uses her speed to avoid Godzilla’s attacks, but Godzilla eventually uses her speed against her. As she flies toward Godzilla, he lunges forward with his dorsal fins in her path. She flies into the fins, and one of her arms is severed.

During the battle, a special ability of Megaguirus is revealed: Having been mutated by Godzilla’s energy, she can generate a blast similar to his atomic breath. She fires a huge ball of radiation, knocking Godzilla down. He gets back up, and Megaguirus goes in for the kill. She speeds forward with the stinger on her long tail lowered, trying to stab Godzilla between the eyes. In a climactic moment, Godzilla catches the stinger in his mouth. He bites down, crushing the stinger. Megaguirus rears up in pain, and Godzilla takes the chance to finally blast her with his atomic breath. She bursts into flames and Godzilla blasts her a second time and destroys her.

It is revealed that Godzilla was attracted to the energy of a secret nuclear project housed at the Science Institute, in violation of the ban, by Professor Yoshino Yoshizawa. The G-Graspers continue their mission to destroy Godzilla, but with the Dimension Tide falling out of orbit they are unable to get a lock on Godzilla, until the vengeful Major Kiriko Tsujimori pilots a ship called Gryphon towards Godzilla, ejecting only at the last second. The Dimension Tide is able to lock on to the craft and fires just before burning up on reentry; Godzilla vanishes and everyone celebrates. In a postlude, however, Major Tsujimori again enlists Kudo to investigate suspicious seismic activity; then in an after-credits scene, Godzilla’s roar is heard again as an earthquake strikes Tokyo.

“Godzilla x Megaguirus: G Annihilation Strategy”) is a 2000 science fiction kaiju film directed by Masaaki Tezuka and written by Hiroshi Kashiwabara and Wataru Mimura. It was the twenty-fourth film released in the Godzilla franchise, and the second film in terms of the franchise’s Millenium series. It premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival on November 3, 2000. While the film shares the suit used in Godzilla 2000, it is not connected to the previous film.

21世紀の幕開けを飾る、ゴジラシリーズ第24作目。 21世紀の幕開けを飾る、ゴジラシリーズ第24作目。 メガヌロンから三段変身を逐げる、新怪獣メガギラスとゴジラの闘い。新兵器「ディメンション・タイド」によるゴジラと人類の対決。三つ巴の闘いが、東京・お台場を舞台に圧倒的迫力で展開する・・・!!

Godzilla’s nemesis this time is Megaguirus, a 50-meter giant purple dragonfly that is also a threat to the human race. The Japanese are ready for Godzilla though, having formed a new military unit called the “G-Graspers,” and are armed with a micro black hole generator called the “Dimension Tide” machine. Since Godzilla cannot be easily killed by the usual means, the idea is to finish him off with a heavy-duty gravity field. But things go awry when the new weapon lets Megaguirus in from another dimension during a trial run.

Cast & Characters

辻森桐子:田中美里
工藤元:谷原章介
新倉誠:勝村政信
美馬和男:池内万作
早坂淳:鈴木博之
細野精一:山口馬木也
奥村知治:山下徹大
宮川卓也:永島敏行
山口剛:中村嘉葎雄
早坂薫:かとうかずこ
杉浦基彦:伊武雅刀
吉沢佳乃:星由里子
政府関係者:上田耕一
海上自衛隊幹部:黒部進
特G対受付:加藤茂雄
近所のおばさん:しのへけい子
渋谷でメガヌロンに襲われる若者:TOMO(ユウジ)、梛野素子
水道局員:極楽とんぼ
『おはスタ』の司会者:山寺宏一、鴻口可南
S1の職員:松風雅也
政府関係者・避難するホームレスの男(2役):柏原寛司
小学校の先生:手塚昌明
お台場の避難民:笠井信輔
海上自衛隊幹部:三村渉

声の出演
アナウンサー:花輪英司
ナレーター:屋良有作

Staff

監督:手塚昌明
脚本:柏原寛司、三村渉
特殊技術:鈴木健二
キャラクターデザイン:西川伸司
製作:富山省吾
音楽:大島ミチル
ゴジラテーマ曲:伊福部昭
ゴジラ:喜多川務
メガギラス:渡邊実

Director: Masaaki Tezuka
Producer: Shogo Tomiyama
Writer: Wataru Mimura
Hiroshi Kashiwabara
Starring: Misato Tanaka
Shosuke Tanihara
Yuriko Hoshi
Masatoh Eve
Toshiyuki Nagashima
Tsutomu Kitagawa as Godzilla
Music: Michiru Oshima
Cinematography: Masahiro Kishimoto
Editing: Yoshiyuki Okuhara
Studio: Toho
Distributor: Toho
Tristar Pictures

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