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Godzilla (1984)

ゴジラ 1984 (1984)

PG 103 min - Action, Drama, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller - 15 December 1984
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Originally released in Japan simply as "Gojira" in 1984, this is the heavily re-edited, re-titled "Godzilla 1985". Adding in new footage of Raymond Burr, this 16th Godzilla film ignores all previous sequels and serves as a direct follow-up to the 1956 "Godzilla King of the Monsters", which also featured scenes with Burr edited into 1954's "Gojira". This film restores the darker tone of the original, as we witness the nuclear destruction of giant lizard terrorizing Japan. Godzilla 1984 ゴジラ (公開日:1984年12月15日): 30年間の沈黙を破って全世界待望の「ゴジラ」最新作!伊豆諸島の大黒島が突如噴火。さらに遭難した漁船からミイラ化した乗員が発見され、その背後には巨大な生物の影が認められた。生物学者の林田博士はその生物こそ30年前に東京を襲撃したゴジラだと推察する。そしてゴジラは予想どおり姿を現し、東京へ上陸。東京の街を次々と破壊していく。そんな中、ソ連の宇宙衛星から核ミサイルが誤射されてしまい、東京をゴジラと核の二重の恐怖が襲うのであった。 Godzilla (aka "The Return of Godzilla"; Released December 15, 1984): After 30 years of silence the world-awaited new Godzilla! Breaking silence after 30 years, long-awaited around the world, the new "Godzilla"! Daikokuji of Izu Islands suddenly erupts. After a crew was found mummified aboard a shipwrecked fishing boat, the shape of a gigantic creature by its back was determined. Biologist Dr. Makoto Hayashida was sure that this creature was Godzilla who attacked Tokyo 30 years ago. But Godzilla as expected would make landfall in Tokyo. The streets of Tokyo will be destroyed one by one. Meanwhile, the Soviets accidentally fire a nuclear warhead from a space satellite, leading to both Godzilla and another as two threats of danger over Tokyo. Japanese Version: Released March 15, 1975 by the Toho Motion Picture Company. Toho Scope, in color. Running Time: 83 minutes. US Version: Released theatrically in Summer 1978 by Bob Cenn Enterprises as “The Terror of Godzilla.” Running time: 73 minutes. A longer version was distributed to US television stations in Fall 1978 as “Terror of MechaGodzilla.” メカゴジラの残骸を探索中の潜水艦が「恐竜」の言葉を残して消息を絶った。15年前に学会を追われた真船博士は、宇宙人と手を組んで人類に復讐を始めたのだった…。『ゴジラ対メカゴジラ』の続編の本作は、真船博士とその娘桂の悲劇をドラマの根底に、人気怪獣メカゴジラの復活と、新怪獣チタノザウルスがゴジラとの間に激闘を繰り広げる、SF色の濃い、本多猪四郎監督のゴジラ映画の遺作となった意欲作。この作品以降ゴジラは9年間の眠りに着いた。

Director:  Koji Hashimoto, R.J. Kizer
Stars:  Ken Tanaka, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Keiju Kobayashi, Shin Takuma, Eitarô Ozawa, Taketoshi Naitô, Mizuho Suzuki, Junkichi Orimoto, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kei Satô, Takenori Emoto, Sho Hashimoto, Nobuo Kaneko, Kunio Murai, Yoshifumi Tajima, Shigeo Katô, Tetsuya Takeda, Kôji Ishizaka, Kenpachiro Satsuma, Raymond Burr, Warren J. Kemmerling, James Scott Hess, Travis Swords, Crawford Binion, Justin Gocke, Yosuke Natsuki

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Storyline

Originally released in Japan simply as "Gojira" in 1984, this is the heavily re-edited, re-titled "Godzilla 1985". Adding in new footage of Raymond Burr, this 16th Godzilla film ignores all previous sequels and serves as a direct follow-up to the 1956 "Godzilla King of the Monsters", which also featured scenes with Burr edited into 1954's "Gojira". This film restores the darker tone of the original, as we witness the nuclear destruction of giant lizard terrorizing Japan. Godzilla 1984 ゴジラ (公開日:1984年12月15日): 30年間の沈黙を破って全世界待望の「ゴジラ」最新作!伊豆諸島の大黒島が突如噴火。さらに遭難した漁船からミイラ化した乗員が発見され、その背後には巨大な生物の影が認められた。生物学者の林田博士はその生物こそ30年前に東京を襲撃したゴジラだと推察する。そしてゴジラは予想どおり姿を現し、東京へ上陸。東京の街を次々と破壊していく。そんな中、ソ連の宇宙衛星から核ミサイルが誤射されてしまい、東京をゴジラと核の二重の恐怖が襲うのであった。 Godzilla (aka "The Return of Godzilla"; Released December 15, 1984): After 30 years of silence the world-awaited new Godzilla! Breaking silence after 30 years, long-awaited around the world, the new "Godzilla"! Daikokuji of Izu Islands suddenly erupts. After a crew was found mummified aboard a shipwrecked fishing boat, the shape of a gigantic creature by its back was determined. Biologist Dr. Makoto Hayashida was sure that this creature was Godzilla who attacked Tokyo 30 years ago. But Godzilla as expected would make landfall in Tokyo. The streets of Tokyo will be destroyed one by one. Meanwhile, the Soviets accidentally fire a nuclear warhead from a space satellite, leading to both Godzilla and another as two threats of danger over Tokyo. Japanese Version: Released March 15, 1975 by the Toho Motion Picture Company. Toho Scope, in color. Running Time: 83 minutes. US Version: Released theatrically in Summer 1978 by Bob Cenn Enterprises as “The Terror of Godzilla.” Running time: 73 minutes. A longer version was distributed to US television stations in Fall 1978 as “Terror of MechaGodzilla.” メカゴジラの残骸を探索中の潜水艦が「恐竜」の言葉を残して消息を絶った。15年前に学会を追われた真船博士は、宇宙人と手を組んで人類に復讐を始めたのだった…。『ゴジラ対メカゴジラ』の続編の本作は、真船博士とその娘桂の悲劇をドラマの根底に、人気怪獣メカゴジラの復活と、新怪獣チタノザウルスがゴジラとの間に激闘を繰り広げる、SF色の濃い、本多猪四郎監督のゴジラ映画の遺作となった意欲作。この作品以降ゴジラは9年間の眠りに着いた。


Collections: Godzilla, Koji Hashimoto

Tagline: The Legend Is Reborn.

Details

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Country:   Japan
Language:  English
Release Date:  15 December 1984

Box Office

Budget:  $6,250,000

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Toho Company

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 43 min

Story

Three months after a volcanic eruption on Daikoku Island, the Yahata-Maru Japanese fishing vessel is caught in strong currents off its shores. As the boat drifts into shore, the island begins to erupt, and a giant monster lifts itself out of the volcano. A few days later, reporter Goro Maki is sailing in the area and finds the vessel intact but deserted. As he explores the vessel, he finds all the crew dead except for one young man called Hiroshi Okumura, who has been badly wounded. Suddenly a giant Shockirus sea louse attacks but is eventually killed with some difficulty.

In Tokyo, Okumura realizes by looking at pictures that the monster he saw was a new Godzilla. However the news of Godzilla’s return is kept secret to avoid panic until Godzilla attacks a second time and destroys a Soviet submarine. The Soviets believe the attack was done by the Americans, and a diplomatic crisis ensues, which threatens to escalate into war. The Japanese intervene and finally announce that Godzilla was behind the attack. The Japanese arrange a meeting with the Soviet and American ambassadors and, after some debate over the issue, Prime Minister Mitamura decides nuclear weapons will not be used on Godzilla even if it were to attack the Japanese mainland. The Japanese Self-Defense Forces are put on alert and search for Godzilla.

Soon, Godzilla appears on an island off the coast of Japan, determined to feed off a nuclear power plant there. When Godzilla attacks the facility and feeds off the reactor, he is distracted by a flock of birds, and leaves the facility almost as quickly as he arrived. Okumura and his friends realize that Godzilla reacts to the same signal as birds, and Professor Hayashida decides to use this method to lure Godzilla away from Tokyo. Meanwhile, the Soviets have their own plans to counter the threat posed by Godzilla, and a Soviet control ship disguised as a freighter in Tokyo Harbor prepares to launch a nuclear missile from one of their orbiting satellites should Godzilla attack.

Godzilla is later sighted at Tokyo Bay, forcing mass evacuations out of the city and a state of emergency is declared. The JASDF attacks Godzilla with Mitsubishi F-1 fighter jets, but their missiles are useless against him. Godzilla then proceeds to the coast, where the waiting army, equipped with tanks, rocket launchers and soldiers armed with Howa Type 64 assault rifles, proceeds to fire on Godzilla, but they are quickly subdued. Meanwhile, aboard the Soviet ship, one of the crew members attempts to stop the missile from launching as Godzilla then proceeds towards Tokyo’s business district, wreaking havoc along the way. There, he is confronted by four laser-armed trucks known as Hyper Laser Cannons, and then the Super X, a piloted VTOL craft constructed in secret to defend Tokyo in case of emergency, in particular a nuclear attack.

Because Godzilla’s heart is similar to a nuclear reactor, the cadmium shells that are fired into his mouth by the Super X seal and slow down his heart and Godzilla falls down unconscious. Unfortunately, the city is faced with a greater threat when a Soviet missile is launched from the satellite, leaving the Japanese government and people helpless to stop it. However, the Americans intervene and shoot down the missile with one of theirs before it can hit Tokyo. Unfortunately, the atmospheric nuclear blast creates an electrical storm, which revives Godzilla once more.

Godzilla has a final battle with the Super X, eventually damaging the aircraft and forcing it to make an emergency landing where he destroys it by toppling a building on it. Godzilla continues his rampage, until Professor Hayashida is successful with his invention and uses the bird call device to distract him. Godzilla leaves Tokyo and swims across the Japanese sea to volcanic Mt. Mihara, where he notices the signal device. As he walks towards it, he falls into the mouth of the volcano where he is surrounded by detonators, which are activated by Okumura, creating a controlled volcanic eruption that traps Godzilla for good, at least for the time being.

Cast & Characters

三田村清輝首相:小林桂樹
牧吾郎:田中健
奥村尚子:沢口靖子
奥村宏:宅麻伸
神崎大蔵大臣:小沢栄太郎
武上官房長官:内藤武敏
磯村自治大臣:金子信雄
笠岡通産大臣:加藤武
江守外務大臣:鈴木瑞穂
毛利防衛庁長官:織本順吉
加倉井統幕議長:御木本伸介
大河内国土庁長官:森幹太
日高環境庁長官:田島義文
梶田科学技術庁長官:山本清
南博士:小泉博
辺見昇内調室長:村井国夫
秋山スーパーX空幕幹部:橋本功
オペレーター:潮哲也
第五八幡丸船長:江幡高志
第五八幡丸漁労長:田原千之右
第五八幡丸無線局長:加藤茂雄
スーパーX副官:福田健次、森大河
石丸内調室員:浦田賢一
明美:田中由美子
オペレーター:渡辺賢酔、布施侑宏
宇野技術士官:風中臣
ローゼンバーグ米特使:ウォルター・ニコルス
チェフスキーソ連特使:アレキサンドル・カイリス
カシリン大佐:ルーク・ジョンストン
ソ連原潜艦長:デニス・ファルト
伍堂編集局長:佐藤慶
喜多川デスク:江本孟紀
カメラマン上条:林家しん平
新幹線乗客:かまやつひろし
ニュースキャスター:森本毅郎
原発職員:石坂浩二
浮浪者:武田鉄矢(特別出演)
林田信:夏木陽介

新幹線乗客:川口節子、なべやかん
新宿の広場に集まる群衆:鳥山明、堀井雄二、さくまあきら

以下は海外版のみの出演
スティーブ・マーチン:レイモンド・バー
グッドホーエ将軍:ウォーレン・J・ケマーリング
ラーシェン大佐:ジェームス・ヘス
マクドノー少佐:トラヴィス・スウォーズ
大尉:クロフォード・ビニオン
カイル:ジャスティン・ガック
新宿の広場に集まる群衆:アラン・D・ワッサーマン、シェパード・シュルテン、パトリック・フェーレン、マーク・サイモン

Staff

製作・原案 – 田中友幸
脚本 – 永原秀一
協力製作 – 田中文雄
撮影 – 原一民
美術 – 櫻木晶
録音 – 田中信行
照明 – 小島真二
編集 – 黒岩義民
助監督 – 大河原孝夫
監督助手 – 山下賢章、星野仁、久保裕
コンピュータグラフィックス – 土屋裕
映像協力 – 坂田俊文(東海大学情報技術センター)
製作担当者 – 森知貴秀
特別スタッフ – 竹内均、青木日出雄、大崎順彦、クライン・ユーベルシュタイン、田原総一朗
音楽 – 小六禮次郎
指揮 – 中谷勝昭
演奏 – 東京交響楽団
音楽制作協力 – 東宝音楽出版(プロデューサー – 前田忠彦)
サントラ盤 – キングレコード(スターチャイルドレーベル)
B班スタッフ
監督 – 山下賢章
監督助手 – 三好邦夫
撮影 – 宝田武久
撮影助手 – 牧村俊夫
照明 – 大場明
照明助手 – 渡辺保雄、川越和見
製作係 – 林茂里穂

特殊技術
撮影 – 山本武、大根田俊光
美術 – 井上泰幸
照明 – 三上鴻平
造型 – 安丸信行
特殊効果 – 渡辺忠昭、久米攻
操演 – 松本光司、宮川光男
サイボット製作 – 水野俊一
助監督 – 浅田英一
視覚効果 – 宮西武史
作画 – 塚田猛昭、石井義雄
合成 – 真野田嘉一
製作担当者 – 池田雅行
監督助手 – 松本清孝、千葉英樹
スチール – 中尾孝
撮影助手 – 山賀俊夫、大川藤雄、境哲也、木所寛
美術助手 – 小林完、好村直行、長沼孝
制作協力・美術製作 – 東宝映像株式会社
現像 – 東京現像所
協力 – 東宝録音センター、東宝効果集団、京都衣裳
協賛 – 三菱自動車、セイコー
特技監督 – 中野昭慶
監督 – 橋本幸治
配給 – 東宝

Executive Producer: Tomoyuki Tanaka
Assistant Producer: Fumio Tanaka
Director: Koji Hashimoto
Original story: Tomoyuki Tanaka
Screenplay: Shuichi Nagahara
Music: Rejiro Koroku, performed by the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Katsuaki Nakaya, published by Toho Music Publishing Co., Ltd. “Godzilla,” lyrics by Linda Henrick, composed by Reijiro Koroku, sung by the Star Sisters
Director of Photography: Kazutami Hara
Lighting: Shinji Kojima
Production Designer: Akia Sakuragi
Film Editor: Yoshitami Kuroiwa
Sound Recording Mixer: Noboyuki Tanaka
Assistant Director: Takao Okawara
Production Manager: Takhide Morichi
Special Advisors: Hitoshi Takeuchi (Professor Emeritus, Tokyo University), Hideo Aoki (military consultant), Yorihiko Ohsaki (doctor of engineering), Klein Uberstein (science-fiction writer), Sohichiro Tahara (journalist)
Special Effects
Director: Teruyoshi Nakano
Directors of Photography: Toshimitsu Oneda, Takeshi Yamamoto
Lighting: Kohei Mikami
Production Design: Yasuyuki Inoue
Miniature Pyrotechnics: Tadaaki Watanabe, Mamoru Kume
Godzilla Suits: Noboyuki Yasumaru
Wire Works: Kohji Matsumoto, Mitsu Miyakawa
Matte Photography: Takeaki Tsukuda, Yoshio Ishii
Optical Photography: Takeshi Miyanishi, Yoshizaku Manoda
Assistant Director: Eichi Asada
Production Manager: Masayuki Ikeda

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