how was it?
I saw it and I can’t help but want to talk about it, so I’ll talk about it.
This is a work commemorating the 70th anniversary of the birth of Godzilla, the monumental special effects monster movie produced in Japan.
This is the 30th live-action Godzilla movie produced in Japan.
Including the “ALWAYS Sunset on Third Street” series, “Eien no 0”, “Parasyte”, etc.
Takashi Yamazaki, a hit maker who has produced many popular works, directed, wrote, and created the VFX. “-1.0” in the title is read as “minus one.”
The setting is postwar Japan.
It was reduced to scorched earth by the war, and literally everything was lost.
Godzilla suddenly appears in this country, which has become “zero”, as if to add insult to injury.
Godzilla uses his overwhelming power to knock Japan down to the negative level.
This is a story about nameless people who survived the war and find a way to survive and resist Godzilla.
Therefore, in this article, I will explain three reasons why you should watch “Godzilla-1.0”.
(In some cases, there will be spoilers, so if you don’t want to know, please skip!)
Staff Director: Takashi Yamazaki
Koichi Shikishima, who had been dispatched to the army, returns to Japan, but Tokyo has been turned into a burnt ruin and his parents have died.
While people struggle to survive each day, Koichi meets Noriko Oishi, who lives alone in Tokyo.
However, a mysterious giant monster appears, threatening the people who are trying to rebuild the country…
I would say this is the best movie I’ve seen this year.
It was a very amazing word.
Reasons why Godzilla-1.0 is amazing 1. Fusion of drama part and monster part
What makes it so amazing is that it combines drama, drama parts, and monster parts.
What’s amazing is that the main character is in a conflicting relationship with the monster.
It’s a combination of moving drama and scary monsters.
Speaking of other monster movies, this is the first time I’ve seen one since “King Kong.”
In the original American movie, King Kong was a scary monster, or rather, a giant ape.
King Kong and the story that makes me cry, why does King Kong attack women?
Is it because the woman wants to escape, or does her lover decide to fight King Kong?
It’s a perfect combination of whether or not you have to decide to pursue it.
Then, after seeing King Kong, Eiji Tsuburaya and producer Tomoyuki Tanaka decided to make one.
I was thinking of Godzilla, but I tried to incorporate that drama, but it was difficult to incorporate it.
I couldn’t do that.
The original Godzilla was not the best masterpiece.
The first Godzilla tried to catch up with King Kong, and although the special effects were amazing,
Drama-wise, it just wasn’t there.
Why Godzilla-1.0 is amazing 2. The story is complete
A special video of the characters has been released.
Stand up to Godzilla with strong will
The appearances of the characters and their passionate words.
For those who have already seen the movie,
People who are about to watch
Please go to the theater and see it as many times as you like.
An experience that will warm your heart.
— 『ゴジラ-1.0』【大ヒット上映中】 (@godzilla231103) November 22, 2023
Another great reason is that the story is complete.
If a monster movie had characters like this, it would probably be popular with the general public.
You can see that it’s finished.
For enthusiasts, the ending says, “This doesn’t necessarily mean it’s over.”
By the time the average person goes to see it with their parents and children, it’s already over.
One episode has been completed. And a sequel is also possible.
Reason why Godzilla-1.0 is amazing 3. Can be a hit overseas
This “Godzilla-1.0” is structured to be a hit overseas.
The reason for this is that they are following the rules, or rather they are following the regulations.
Movie.com’s Godzilla-1.0 rating
Godzilla-1.0 ★★★★⭐︎ 4.0
Godzilla 1954 ★★★★ 4.3
Godzilla ★★ 2.7
Shin Godzilla ★★★ 3.7
Godzilla (US) ★★★ 3.4
Monster ★★★ 3.6
Godzilla VS Kong ★★★ 3.5
Shin Godzilla is positioned as the strongest in the monster movie genre,
Godzilla-1.0 is not a monster movie…?
It’s a Japanese movie. As a movie, I think it’s quite a masterpiece.
Shin Godzilla was a revolution, whereas Shin Godzilla started a revolution in monster movies.
What’s amazing about Godzilla-1.0 is that it created Godzilla the right way.
It seems that Director Yamazaki has been offered production for some time, but why did you finally decide to accept this project?
I’ve always been a big Godzilla fan, and of course I was interested in the production.
However, in the work “ALWAYS Zoku: Sunset on Third Street” (2007, hereinafter referred to as “ALWAYS”),
When we asked Godzilla to make a guest appearance, the CG work was too difficult (lol).
Half the staff spent six months working on a scene that lasted only two minutes.
That was the limit of the machines and technology available at the time, and I thought, “It would be impossible to do the main story under these conditions.” I thought it was still too early to achieve the quality I had envisioned.
However, since then, machines and technology have advanced dramatically.
For myself, I gained bits and pieces of VFX technical verification and production experience for each movie, such as the live-action-like expression of the sea and the smooth movement of creatures. After the completion of “Archimedes’ War” (2019), I was asked to talk to Toho’s Minami Ichikawa again. It was the perfect time to do the main part of a Godzilla movie.
Also, in terms of fear, this film is the closest to Godzilla in history.
With the large screen, you can experience the illusion of coming face-to-face with a life-sized Godzilla. When I created “Ride,” I myself experienced the horror of Godzilla at a distance that would almost take your breath away. That doesn’t happen with costumes.
Because it’s digital, you can reproduce infinite details and get as close as you like.
Of course, the more you create, the harder the load on the machine will be, but as long as you use a different method than before, if you don’t take full advantage of it, you will be able to enjoy the unique features of the time when you photographed people in costumes.
I didn’t think it would be possible to compete with that sense of urgency and reality.
In other words, this is a work that took advantage of the fact that the first Godzilla was digital and used it to its advantage.
Why did director Yamazaki think it would be better to use digital technology to create Godzilla?
This is because he can get closer to his ideal Godzilla.
He is a work that closely resembles Godzilla.
When you watch it in a movie theater, the camera gets really close to Godzilla.
All of those scenes are amazing.
I thought they were using digital to their advantage.
On the other hand, making a Godzilla movie is quite interesting, so I don’t want to give it away to other people.
Once it gets past my throat, I can forget about it. That’s why I’m able to continue as a director.
I want to see someone else’s Godzilla, but I want to make one next time too. I have very mixed feelings (lol).
The movie “Godzilla-1.0” will be released on November 3rd.
In conclusion, it’s very interesting overall.
The Ginza scene shown in the trailer can only be experienced on screen to experience its true impact and sense of despair.
As I will explain later, there are some parts that remind us of the coronavirus pandemic, even though it is set in a period just after the war.
It’s also worth rushing to the theater in real time.
I would be happy if I could be of some help.
Thank you for reading to the end.