Interview with Yamazaki



Moreover, it is unique that only civilians stand up to Godzilla.


“Shin Godzilla”is an example of political action related to Godzilla, so there is no point in doing the same thing. Also, since the outbreak of the new coronavirus, it feels like the government is not functioning well, and I feel like there has been a strong sense that “we have no choice but to do something about it.” I think that is a sense that is linked to modern times. I thought that a “current” movie could be created by depicting how civilians, who are limited in what they can do and have no weapons, fight.


The setting is a period of turmoil following the end of World War II, when Japan does not have military power.


Godzilla comes at the worst possible time. I thought it was cinematic to see how people behave there. The remaining fleet is being used as salvage ships, and the only destroyers whose cannons have been removed are the ones that have been removed. I wanted to see how people fight huge enemies when there are only a few ways to fight. Also, I chose this era because I wanted to release the heavy cruiser Takao. For me, after Yamato, Zero Fighter, and Akagi, the city I wanted to make into a movie was Takao. When I looked into the actual time period when Takao was scuttled, I thought it was just around this time period, even if I’m lying a bit.


What was the first Godzilla movie that director Yamazaki saw?


When I was a kid, when baseball broadcasts were canceled due to rain, TV would often show Toho monster movies instead as “Umbrella Programs.” At that time, I saw the first Godzilla movie for the first time. At the time, most of the monster movies were a little less scary, such as the “Ultraman” series. But when I saw Godzilla, I thought that I might actually be killed. This imprinted the image of Godzilla as scary. Partly because of that original experience, the first film shines brightly in my mind. Godzilla was created by nuclear weapons, and war attacks him in the form of a monster. I had a strong image of that, so if I were to make a Godzilla movie, I wanted to do it in that direction.


How did you feel when you were offered the role of directing a Godzilla movie?


I thought that someday I would get a request to make a Godzilla movie, but I never thought it would come after “Shin Godzilla.” I love Shin Godzilla. But it’s so well-made that there’s a line in the movie that says, “Someone has to draw the poor lottery,”and while I feel that way, I don’t think it’s worth watching something as good as “Shin Godzilla.”As I watched it, I felt a growing desire to make a Godzilla movie myself. Riding on that momentum, I decided to become a director.