On Godzilla 1989




An armed battle between humans who challenge the destructive power of monsters


The real thrill of monster movies. It is the activities of the Self-Defense Forces


Since 1984, the Self-Defense Forces have increasingly challenged Godzilla to battle. With the cooperation of the Defense Agency, dynamic and full-fledged national defense scenes are appearing one after another. This alone will satisfy the heart of a maniac.

text/中村哲 satoshi nakamura


Focus on the heat between monsters and humans


This is it! The Godzilla movie I wanted to see. This is my honest impression when I first saw “Godzilla vs. Biollante” at the completion preview held at Nikkei Marion. Well, what was good? It wasn’t Godzilla, Biollante, or an attractive cast, but the Self-Defense Forces.


Speaking of the Self-Defense Forces, it appeared from the first generation “Godzilla” (at that time, it appeared under the name of “Defense Corps,” and although I thought that it might not be able to compete with many monsters including Godzilla because of its existence beyond human knowledge, it will challenge with a death-defying resolution.


Speaking of monster movies, it should have been a work that originally depicted the situation of how humans defeat monsters. In early Toho monster movies (especially “Godzilla” (1954), “The Great Sky Monster Rodan” (1956), “Great Monster Varan” (1958), “Mothra” (1961)), Despite the theme of warning bells for atomic and hydrogen bombs, it fully showed the fierce battle between monsters and humans.


Well, even in Godzilla movies, like “Godzilla vs. Gigan” (1972) and “Godzilla vs. Megalon” (1973), the defense force appeared in the play by editing the live scene of the past work, There was also a role to just come out and be done.

ちなみに前作「ゴジラ」(84年)でも、自衛隊が劇中に登場しているが、本格的にゴジラと戦闘を繰り広げたのが、晴海埠頭と新宿のスたーパーXのみという寂しい描写(ちなみに日劇マリオンでゴジラと陸自の対戦車ヘリの戦闘が予定されていたが、時間の関係でオミットされた。こういうシーンがもっと観たかった!)に、とにかく物足りないものを感じたのは私だけではなかったのでは? もっとゴジラと自衛隊との本格的な戦闘を見せて欲しかった。

By the way, even in the previous work “Godzilla” (1984), the Self-Defense Forces appeared in the play, but the only places that fought Godzilla in earnest were the Harumi Wharf and Super X in Shinjuku. A battle between Godzilla and the GSDF anti-tank helicopter was scheduled for Marion, but was omitted due to time constraints. I wanted to see more scenes like this! I wanted more full-scale battles between Godzilla and the Self-Defense Forces to be shown.


This work simulates the defense force of the Self-Defense Forces.


Now, regarding the Self-Defense Forces of this work, according to director Kazuki Omori, what he wanted to do most with this work was “a war movie, especially a simulation of how the Self-Defense Forces would react and act when Godzilla appears in Japan.”


I think that Director Omori must have put a lot of effort into how to reflect this theme in the script and how to visualize it, but the panoramic image that was completed with the full cooperation of the Defense Agency is still in its infancy. It was an outstanding performance full of unprecedented excitement and impact. It has never been ashamed of the name of the catchphrase of this work, “Unprecedented Super Battle in Godzilla Movie History.”


In particular, the Wakasa Bay scene, which was filmed at the Ground Self-Defense Force’s Fuji School. It is no exaggeration to say that the number of heavy weapon groups that appear is number 1 among all 26 works of the Godzilla series.


Even with the many weapons of the Self-Defense Forces that appear in the play, fictitious weapons such as the Super X2 and modern weapons such as the Type 74 tank and F-15J fighter are skillfully matched in the play to create a sense of reality. This form of imaginary weapon + current weapon can be said to be one of the great attractions of old Toho special effects monster movies.


And what makes this portrayal of the Self-Defense Forces even more dramatic is the music of Koichi Sugiyama.


In particular, two songs, “Scramble March,” which praises the activities of the Self-Defense Forces in a human and melodious manner, and “Super X2,” which is magnificent and exhilarating, were particularly excellent among the many songs in the play. I have written about the charm of the Self-Defense Forces in this work, but the real thrill of Japanese monster movies is the battle between monsters and the Self-Defense Forces.The value of the work for me is determined by how this is depicted. Finally, this work I would like to add that this is a memorable work, as it is the first time in the history of Godzilla movies that the word “Cooperative Defense Agency” has appeared in the credits.

1989 Playback


Death of Emperor Showa (1.7)


Emperor Showa died of duodenal ulcer. He was 87 years old. His crown prince becomes the new emperor, and the era name becomes “Heisei.” Television broadcasted footage of the emperor, commercials disappeared, and rental video stores prospered.

Recruit case


Hiromasa Ezoe, chairman of Recruit Co., Ltd. and others transferred unlisted shares of an affiliated company, Recruit Cosmos, to politicians, bureaucrats, and influential figures in the business world. On the side of the bribery side are former Chief Cabinet Secretary Takao Fujinami, Representative Katsuya Ikeda, former Vice Minister of Labor Takashi Kato, and former Vice Minister of Education Kunio Takaishi.


Little girl kidnapping and murder case On February 6, human bones in a box are placed at the home of a kindergarten child in Iruma City who has been missing since August of the previous year. On March 11, the newspaper company received a statement of responsibility under the name of a woman. On August 10, Tsutomu Miyazaki was arrested in Hachioji on charges of indecent assault.

Fall of the Berlin Wall (11.9)


The East German government simplified foreign travel and immigration regulations for citizens, and the wall with Berlin was effectively removed, and tens of thousands of citizens emigrated to the West on this day alone.




A woman in her late 20s who has no desire to get married for the time being, even among the new rich who live a luxurious life with luxury goods within reach. She was taken from the magazine “Hanako.”

Neruton Boom


Fuji TV’s “Nerton Red Whale Dan” run by Tonneruzu became a hit. Words such as “separation” and “two-shot” also became popular.

“Squid heaven” boom


A TBS late-night program in which amateur bands compete to perform. Couscous, Aura, and Remote (Kizoku Ikeda) quickly became popular bands, but there are only a handful of bands that are still active today.

Source: ゴジラ最強読本, p101