GODZILLA 98 Re-evaluation



The King of Monsters Comes to America
“GODZILLA” (’98) re-evaluation


Roland Emmerich’s version of “GODZILLA,” released in 1998, is a work that often gets mixed reviews. I would like to reconsider that evaluation.

Composition/Gigan Yamazaki


Worst remake award


Emmerich’s version of GODZILLA is an unhappy work. Despite recording $400 million in box office revenue worldwide and even being made into a TV anime sequel, the evaluation is far from favorable. However, I can fully understand the rejection on the part of Japan. Some fans may have dreamed too much about the sweet sound of “Hollywood’s new Godzilla,” while others may have felt repulsed, feeling that Hollywood had stolen their stock. In the end it is a work that is difficult to appreciate from a fairly flat point of view for Japanese people outside the field.


However, in fact, there were quite a few voices of opposition from the Americans themselves. For example, the “worst remake award” at the “1st Golden Raspberry Awards” was given to this work. In a way, it can be said that the original “Godzilla” is deeply loved both in Japan and abroad, but was it really the worst remake?

強い? 弱い?

Strong weak?
Godzilla killed by missile


A Japanese fishing boat is attacked by a giant creature. in the waters near the Polynesian Islands, where French nuclear tests were once repeated. The only survivor who is frightened called “it”… “Godzilla.”


This work is often criticized for being in Godzilla but not in Godzilla, but the introduction is surprisingly faithful to the original. The structure of the story as a whole is also based on the standard of monster movies: a suspense part until an unknown creature appears, and a panic part after the identity is revealed. For those who expect a gorgeous movie that doesn’t exist, it will look a little plain. In addition, although it is not necessarily only Godzilla, the scene of urban destruction is also drawn, and it can be seen follows the Japanese style quite consciously.


However, with regard to the 200 baby Godzillas that appear as one of the excitement in the second half, it must be said that the difference in the view of monsters between Japan and Europe and the United States has come to the fore. It’s a scene where you can enjoy the full-on action of Emmerich’s pranks, but Japanese people tend to prefer one-of-a-kind and seek enormous power in a single thing. Far from being frightened by the swarming Godzillas, it feels like its existence has been dwarfed.


Also, there is a story that “Godzilla was too weak.” Certainly, compared to Heisei Godzilla, which can be active even in magma, Godzilla that dies from missiles may be poor. However, Rodan, Varan, and monsters are not immortal creatures. If you get shot, you’ll bleed, and in some cases, you’ll die. Even Showa-era Godzilla was not good at high-voltage currents and extremely low temperatures. 2 torpedoes and 12 anti-ship missiles should be enough to inflict fatal damage to the monster.


Well, how about a quick quick look back? Personally, I think this is another form of Godzilla movie.



“FINAL WARS” Zilla is named after removing “GOD” from “GODZILLA.” Also, in “Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack,” there are lines such as “It was Godzilla after all, right?” is a terrible treatment even in the series.


Unlike Western monsters, it is an extremely rare phenomenon for Japanese monsters to breed or form groups. Even Godzilla’s son, Minilla, had no siblings. Baby Godzilla and others appearing in the “vs” series are similar, and are in contrast to Emmerich’s version of Baby Godzilla.

Source: ゴジラ売全解読, p 80-81