Shin Godzilla raised the bar seven years ago. But Godzilla Minus One surpassed it, exceeding my expectations. From start to finish, Director Takashi Yamazaki has given audiences and fans a masterpiece. He created a Godzilla distinctively his own set in a postwar Japan “historical drama” with characters, times and themes reminiscent of his previous work, such as Always: Sunset on Third Street, The Great War of Archimedes, and Eternal Zero. Yamazaki returns on familiar themes of family, service, sacrifice set in the Showa era. He draws from the seventy years of Godzilla history and non-Godzilla films in surprising and interesting ways to create an amazing and memorable movie experience.