Godzilla vs Destoroyah Script

The Godzilla vs Destoroyah Script

Godzilla Dies


There are few Godzilla collectibles I value more than movie props. My most cherished items are Godzilla scripts. I’ve been fortunate to have found a few. The few I have, I love. One is signed by the director and cinematographer and some are reprints. Scripts are hard to come by and are very expensive. Only a few scripts have been reprinted for fans and collectors. Small replica blank notebooks bearing select script covers have been released and are available at the Godzilla Store and online. I’m elated to know that a special edition reprint of the King Kong vs Godzilla (1962) script will be available to collectors of the Godzilla & Toho Tokusatsu Mook series (ゴジラ&東宝特撮 OFFICIAL MOOK). Original Godzilla scripts can be found on exhibit at various Godzilla events around Japan, such as the Godzilla Showa Base exhibit in Ario Yao in 2019 where I saw a set of scripts.

Godzilla movie scripts from Ario Yaso
Godzilla movie scripts from Ario Yaso

Seven Heisei movie scripts on display at the Godzilla Show Base event at Ario Yaso, Osaka, in 2019: Godzilla (1984), Godzilla 2: Godzilla vs Biollante (1989), Godzilla vs King Ghidorah (1991), Godzilla vs Mothra (1992), Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla (19930, Godzilla vs SpaceGodzilla (1994) and Godzilla vs Destoroyah (1995)

A few days ago I added the shooting script from Godzilla vs Destoroyah (1995), the final installment in the Heisei series in which Godzilla dies. It has not been my favorite 90s film for that reason. So in the past I didn’t go out of my way to acquire related collectibles. But the script was an irresistible piece of history just like my acquisition of a Toho special newsflash promotional Betamax video for the film that I found in 2022. Now with the script in hand I’m invested and drawn into the final chapter of the series in new ways. I want to explore the story’s development and examine the plot’s connective tissue in greater detail.

Godzilla vs Destoroyah (1995) Script (front & back cover)

Front and back of the Godzilla vs Destoroyah Final Draft Script『ゴジラVSデストロイア 』決定稿台本 | 東宝 Toho | ゴジラVSデストロイア Godzilla vs Destoroyah | ©株式会社東宝映画 1995.6.30 ©Toho Film Co., Ltd. 1995.6.30 | 製作 ■ 株式会社東宝映画 配給■東宝株式会社 Production ■ Toho Film Co., Ltd. Distribution ■ Toho Co., Ltd.

The Godzilla vs Destoroyah cover is deep red like that of Godzilla (1984). But unlike predecessors it reproduces the original Godzilla comic book art of American artist Arthur Adams from the Dark Horse Comics Godzilla Color Special (1992), translated into Japanese in 1993.1 Godzilla, crouched over, emerges from the sea holding the oxygen destroyer in his claws. The title art is set at the top to the right with “Final Manuscript,” Toho copyright and the date June 30, 1995.

Dark Horse Comics Godzilla Color Special by Randy Stradley and Art Adams
Dark Horse Comics Godzilla Color Special (1992) by Randy Stradley and Art Adams

A script (台本 だいほん daikon), screenplay (脚本 きゃくほん kyaduhon), or scenario (シナリオ) is the blueprint and DNA for a film. They are *legs” that take the film wherever they are facing. Because of their great importance to directors, performers, staff, etc., scripts must be accurate and concise.2 Godzilla scripts are an invitation behind the scenes of movie production into the minds of producers, directors, screenwriters and characters. Collecting scripts is like asking a movie for its autograph. Delving into these Japanese scripts is like an archaeology dig, where a page with their scenes is a tell. I approach scripts like studying ancient Hebrew and Greek biblical manuscripts in seminary. The lines are priceless artifacts revealing the screenwriter’s essential story. Studying a movie’s plot development sometimes recover details loss in editing that shed light on confusion movie moments.

My collection of Godzilla scripts
My collection of Godzilla scripts

Scripts are not polished publications but rather works in progress to be marked up as needed. Godzilla scripts have histories of revision usually stated on the cover. Most covers are very scant and provide the most minimal but essential information. Showa script covers were typically off-white bearing large movie titles art in color with the Toho logo, date and description set off to the side or below. The Heisei script covers come in an assortment of colors (eg, black, blue, pale green, teal, red) in addition to off-white. Each stage in development of a script is indicated on the script, sometimes assisted by a different cover color (eg, blue, red and black covers of Godzilla 1984). Final scripts are usually marked with “final manuscript” (決定稿 けっていこう kettiko) within a thin rule box. Heisei scripts after Biollante (1989) have illustrated covers featuring Godzilla’s adversaries.

In the publication of Godzilla vs Destoroyah Completion (ゴジラvsデストロイア コンプリーション) in 2017 by Hobby Japan, the initial plots, proposals, and revised scripts were unveiled for the first time. The first proposal was “Godzilla vs Ghost Godzilla”『ゴジラvsゴーストゴジラ』by Producer Shogo Toyama. Although Godzilla’s body was physically destroyed by the oxygen destroyer in 1954, his life force remained at the bottom of Tokyo Bay as bioenergy that eventually gathered over the next 40 years. The energy mass began to search for a physical body and consciousness. This wandering Ghost Godzilla has the anger and pain of the original Godzilla. He hates Tokyo and the people. Like a demon he is intelligent but invisible to human eyes. The ghost finds a body in Little Godzilla. He measures 80 meters with long gangs. His special abilities transcend the laws of physics and include teleportation, levitation, spewing ectoplasm to clone itself, and possession of another’s body. He transforms into Little Godzilla when in danger. He hates the light and is limited to the area where the first Godzilla attacked. Godzilla fights him to recapture Little Godzilla. Ghost Godzilla fights Godzilla to become “an invisible God of Destruction.”3

Then Kazuki Omori proposed “Godzilla vs Godzilla” with a plot based on Toyama’s proposal. “The ghost of the original Godzilla transforms into Aurora Godzilla and fuses with Little Godzilla. The last part is about a fierce battle between Little Godzilla, who was resurrected with plutonium, and Crystal Godzilla, which is a combination of the first Godzilla’s bones and the life force energy of the first Godzilla, and the biggest feature is that only various Godzilla characters appear.”4

Concept art of Barubaroi’s resembling Destoroyah

Concept art of Barubaroi’s resembling Destoroyah (Source: Wikizilla)

Then Hideki Oka sent his proposal “Godzilla vs Barubaroi [Barbarian]” 『ゴジラvsバルバロイ』along with illustrations drawnly Kaoru Kamikiku to Director Kawakita.5 At the end of 1994, six days after the proposal for “Godzilla vs. Barubaroi” was written, Toho Visual Arts made significant decisions during a meeting for “Godzilla 7” (12/29/1994): 1) Godzilla would die at the beginning of the story and lead to the revenge of Little Godzilla 2) G-Force; 3) Little Godzilla grows into a new generation of Godzilla; 4) Set in the cities around the world with Tokyo as the stage of the ultimate last battle with the death of Godzilla, where Little Godzilla grows; and 5) The final battle against a new monster and a third guest monster. The producers wanted Godzilla to battle an opponent with visual impact.6

Godzilla vs Destoroyah script development

Let to Right: “Godzilla vs Godzilla” (『ゴジラvsゴジラ』ストーリー案A), “Godzilla vs Destoroyah” Setting Scenario (『ゴジラvsデストロイア』設定シナリオ), “Godzilla vs. Destoroyah” Review Draft 4/28/1995 (『ゴジラvsデストロイア』検討稿 95.4.28), “Godzilla vs Destoroyah” Preparatory Draft 5/2/1995 (『ゴジラvsデストロイア』準備稿 95.5.27) and “Godzilla vs Destoroyah” Revised Script (『ゴジラvsデストロイア』改訂台本)

Following, the “Godzilla vs Destoroyah” scenario was developed (3/4/1995). At this stage, the characters that appeared in the main story were solidified. Director Okawara and Director Kawakita met and revised the proposal organizing the flow of the stories of two monsters. They added Godzilla’s attack on Hong Kong, the reappearance of Hamaoka nuclear power plant from 1984, the absorption of carbon dioxide by Godzilla from the destroyed Destoroyah, the dissolution of Tokyo Tower and the Diet building, the birth of Destoroyah by promoting the growth of OD substances, and and the development of the anti-oxygen destroyer. Most of which did not appear in the finished work.7

The first draft, “Godzilla vs. Destoroyah” Review Draft (4/28/1994, 92 pages), was produced in which the storyline was formed. A month later the preliminary manuscript, “Godzilla vs Destoroyah” Preparatory Draft (5/27/1995, 103 pages), was completed. The main scenes not carried over was Godzilla’s attack on the submarine Nautilus off the coast of Taiwan, G-Force Apache helicopters attacking Godzilla with cadmium bullets off the coast of Okinawa, and the confrontation between Junior and Destoroyah at Shinagawa Station.8

And finally, the shooting script (『ゴジラvsデストロイア』改訂台本) emerged. This is the final draft finished by Kazuki Omori and Director Okawara. “A revised script is a script in which the director and others make new changes to the completed script with the permission of the producer.” It is the closest to the finished work. Inserted at this time was the special forces confrontation of the infant Destoroyah and the patrol car attacked by the infant Destoroyah. This script had not been published until the release of Godzilla vs Destoroyah Completion in 2017. 9

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Sample pages (pp 16-17, 28-29, 30-31) from the final Godzilla vs Destroyah script

"Meltdown" from the Godzilla vs Destoroyah (1995) Script
Final page of the Godzilla vs Destoroyah (1995) Script

146 Gフォース • 司令室 (夜) G Force • Command Room (Night) | 数値が、1200°Cを示す。The numerical value indicates 1200°C. | 健吉「メルトダウン!」Kenkichi: “Meltdown!” (p 98) | 153 霧の中 (夜) 153 In the Fog (Night) | その放射能の霧の中で、巨大な影が動いた。A huge shadow moved in the radioactive fog. | ジュニアだ。Junior. | ジュニアが、放射能を全て吸収、さらに強大なゴジラとなって復活した。Junior absorbed all the radioactivity and revived as an even stronger Godzilla. | その巨大な体、つり上がった鋭い目。もはや、恐竜の面影はない。Its huge body, its sharp, piercing eyes. There is no trace of a dinosaur anymore. | 新生ゴジラが、牙を剥いて、咆哮 ——— The new Godzilla bares its fangs and roars——— | やつは、人類の敵か味方か。Is he an enemy or an ally of mankind? | ——— END ———

When the script arrived in the mail. I found my two favorite scenes: 1) When Kenkichi Yamane says, “Meltdown!”「メルトダウン!」when Godzilla’s temperature finally reaches 1200°C; 2) The final scene when Junior, having absorbed all the radiation, emerges as the new Godzilla. Junior becomes stronger than his predecessor with no trace of being a dinosaur. And the last line of the script is the question, “Is he an enemy or an ally of mankind?”「やつは、人類の敵か味方か。」

My script included two stapled photocopies of Cast 2-3 (人−2、人-3) and Cast 6-7 (人-6d、人-7) with actors and actresses written where there were none. Such an addition evidences the use of this script by someone on movie set and in production.

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人-2 Cast-2: 麻生 Gフォース司令官 中尾彬 Aso – G Force Commander Akira Nakao | 後藤陸将 対デストロイア司令官 神山繁 General Goto – Anti-Destoroyah Commander Shigeru Kamiyama | 村田陸佐 化学科部隊 Rikusa Murata – Chemistry Unit | 岡崎陸佐 特殊武器科部隊 Colonel Okazaki – Special Weapons Unit | 黒木特佐 Special Colonel Kuroki | SXIIIパイロット SXIII Pilot | 同 ナビゲーター Same Navigator | 人-3 Cast-3: 速水  (45) TV ディレクター [村田雄浩] Hayami (45) – TV Director [Takehiro Murata] | 南条 TVカメラマン [斉藤暁] Nanjo – TV cameraman [Akira Saito] | 上田 内閣調查室長 [平泉成] Ueda – Director of the Cabinet Research Office [Sei Hiraizumi] | 中村 生物学者 [二瓶鮫一] Nakamura – Biologist [Koichi Nihei] | 野村 科学術庁 [大林丈史] Nomura – Science and Technology Agency [Takeshi Obayashi] | マービン教授 Gサミット•アメリカ [ロナルド・ヘアー] Professor Marvin – G Summit America [Ronald Hoerr] | 山根恵美子 (62) 河内桃子 Emiko Yamane (62) – Momoko Kochi | 人-6 Cast-6: その他 Others | 人-7 Cast-7: ゴジラ(100m) Godzilla (100m) | デストロイア(2m) Destoroyah (2m) | ” (20m) | ” (120m) | ゴジラジュニア(40m) Godzilla Junior (40m)

Finding the Godzilla vs Destoroyah script for sale was a surprise. The price was very good in comparison to the few others available. The condition is excellent. It was well kept. I never dreamt of having Godzilla scripts. They are those special movie memorabilia that standout in a collection.


1 ラジアク @bigfire_tada

2 ラジオドラマ脚本の書き方, 日本放送作家協会九州支部, sakusenc.com: Scenario 脚本は映画やドラマのDNA

3 Godzilla vs Destoroyah Completion「ゴジラvsデストロイア コンプリーション」(Hobby Japan, December 9, 2017), p 90

4 Ibid, p 91

5 Ibid, p 98

6 Ibid, p 100

7 Ibid, p 106

8 Ibid, p 108

9 Ibid, p 109



note.com: 面白すぎる① 歴代ゴジラ台本!初代とシン・ゴジラの連携

Wikizilla: Godzilla vs Barubaroi