ALWAYS Sunset on Third Street




Blank 100 Years and “ALWAYS: Sunset on Third Street”

2014年、ついにゴジラが復活した。日本の東宝ではなく、アメリカのレジェンダリー・ピクチャーズ製作によるものだが、ゴジラがスクリーンで暴れまわるのは、04年の「ゴジラFINAL WARS』から10年ぶりということになる。

In 2014, Godzilla finally made a comeback. It’s not Japan’s Toho, but America’s Legendary Pictures production, but it’s the first time in 10 years since Godzilla FINAL WARS in 2004 that Godzilla rampages on the screen.


The Godzilla series has also been in the past for seven years from “Godzilla Raids Again” (1955) to “King Kong vs. Godzilla” (1962), “MechaGodzilla Strikes Back” (1975) and “Godzilla” (1984) for nine years. There were two long-term planks, but 10 years is the longest blank period so far. Moreover, 2014 is the year to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Godzilla’s birth. Expectations are rising to see what kind of rampage Godzilla, who has reached his 60th birthday, will show in the new arena.


However, this is not to say that monster movies have not been made in the last ten years. In the United States, “Cloverfield / HAKAISHA” (2008) and “Pacific Rim” (2013), in Japan, including Tsuburaya Pro’s Ultra Series, “Negadon: He Monster from Mars” (2005), “Gamera the Brave” (2006), “Big Japanese” (2007), “Deep Sea Monster Reigo,” “Kirara’s Counterattack Toyako Summit Crisis” (all 2008), “Chohatsu Daikaiju Gehara,” “Deep Sea Jyurai” (8 years), “Death Kappa” (10 years), “Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo” (2012), etc. Hajime Isayama’s hit manga and anime “Attack on Titan” has also been produced also moved towards a live-action film adaptation. The passion of the creators of special-effects monster movies has never diminished.


Among them, the work that attracted the attention of Godzilla fans in particular would be 2007’s “Always: Sunset on Third Street.” Although it was covered up as a top secret before its release, it is now a well-known fact that at the beginning of this movie, a monster modeled after Godzilla ran over Yuhicho 3-chome (Third Street).

この怪獣は、茶川竜之介(吉岡秀隆)がゴジラをパクって自作の少年小説中に登場させようとしたキャラクターだから、正式にゴジラと呼ぶわけにはいかないが、その姿と鳴き声は、「ゴジラ・モスラ・キングギドラ大怪獣総攻撃』に登場したゴジラ(第7個体)に酷似していた。そのうえ、オープニングでは「TOHO SCOPE」という懐かしのロゴが使われ、BGMは伊福部昭ときているのだから、ゴジラシリーズ第2作と認定してもいいような気さえしてくる。着ぐるみではなく、フルCGによる怪獣だったが、違和感なく実写と溶け込んでおり、日本でもここまで出来るじゃないか、と思わせる出来栄え。わずか三分ほどの出演だったが、このクォリティで新作ゴジラ映画を作ってほしい、と思ったファンも多いはずだ。

This monster is a character that Ryunosuke Chagawa (Hidetaka Yoshioka) ripped off Godzilla and tried to make it appear in his own novel for boys, so it cannot be officially called Godzilla. Its appearance and cry closely resembled Godzilla (the 7th individual) that appeared in “Mothra King Ghidorah Giant Monsters All-Out Attack.” In addition, the nostalgic logo “TOHO SCOPE” was used in the opening, and the BGM was Akira Ifukube. I even feel like I can certify it as the second work of the Godzilla series. It wasn’t a costume, but a full CG monster, but it blended seamlessly with the live-action film, and the workmanship made me wonder if Japan could do this. Although he appeared for only about three minutes, there must have been many fans who wanted a new Godzilla movie with this quality.


By the way, if you introduce this monster in the style of this dictionary, it says, “At 14:30, a huge monster landed in Tokyo from near Takeshiba Pier in Minato Ward. The vessel is a destructive heat ray emitted from the mouth. At that time, it hits a huge window. This heat ray caused the Tokyo Tower to collapse.”

<スタッフ> 監督:山崎貴原作:西岸良平
<キャスト> 吉岡秀隆、堤真一、小雪、薬師年作品映画チラシ丸ひろ子、須賀健太、堀北真希他

“ALWAYS: Sunset on Third Street” 2007
year movie flyer
Director: Takashi Yamazaki Original: Ryohei Nishigishi
Hidetaka Yoshioka, Shinichi Tsutsumi, Koyuki, Hiroko Maru, Kenta Suga, Maki Horikita, etc.


©2007 “ALWAYS Zoku: Sunset on Third Street” Production Committee

Source: ゴジラ大辞典, p 368