Godzilla returns in a brand-new movie that ignores all preceding movies except for the original with a brand new look and a powered up atomic ray. This time he battles a mysterious UFO that later transforms into a mysterious kaiju dubbed Orga. They meet up for the final showdown in the city of Shinjuku.Written by
The tagline of the film is "let's get ready to crumble" a play on the line used in the boxing/WWE/MMA world namely "let's get ready to rumble" See more »
During the seldom-used areal shots of Godzilla, the greenscreen technique becomes strikingly obvious as Godzilla's feet apparently disappear even when not obscured by anything, and he doesn't even always move in unison with the camera (the camera shakes but he remains still). Finally, he is of a completely different hue than the surrounding environment. See more »
Over the closing shot of Godzilla blowing up Shinjuku, a green "THE END" is superimposed, with a red question mark that appears over between the two words. (Theatrical US version only) See more »
Scenes deleted from the US version include:
Some quick shots of a train station in Nemuro during the film's opening.
After Yuki asks for directions to GPN's office, she goes into a factory-like complex, and spots a sign (with crude version of the GPN logo), with an arrow pointing up a flight of stairs. She enters the office, but since Shinoda was too busy to help her, he points to his daughter Io, who prepares to give Yuki her membership form in the next scene.
The scene where the UFO rears right-side up (due to its recharging from the rising sun) was trimmed.
The sequence with Godzilla's raid in Tokaimura was also trimmed. (The scene where Godzilla sets off the Blast Bombs in the lake was noticably cut, as the tremendous watery explosion was suddenly gone in the next shot, which made for a glaring continuity problem).
In the Japanese version, said sequence ended when Godzilla was beginning to charge his Radioactive Heat Beam, but was heavily bombarded with jets, and Godzilla's aim was abruptly cut short. This was removed in the US version.
Right after Io talks to her dad on the phone about handing the GPN's MO discs to CCI, she takes out her magnetic "pinbox" (referred to as her "summer homework" in the Japanese version), and slides a drawing of a flower into it (This was the same pinbox Shinoda used to demonstrate the effects of Organizer G-1 on the formless alien life form in the UFO, just before Godzilla rose from Tokyo Bay). This brief scene was cut in the US version.
During the sequence where the UFO enters Shinjuku, the scene with the astonished taxi driver in a confusion of heavy traffic was longer in the Japanese version (This scene was a parody of a similar scene in Independence Day).
When Shinoda finishes decoding the information on the Millennian aliens on Yuki's laptop in the soon-to-be-detonated building, he is about to run out with it until he sees the English word "Millennium" on all of the monitors in the room. He reads "Millennium" in English. This scene was completely removed in the US version.
In the Japanese version, just after the Blast Bombs are detonated in the top section of the Shinjuki media building (with the UFO perched on top), and the UFO was completely unscratched, it transmits a bilingual (Japanese/English) "message" on all media throughout the city, with words (and images of space exploration and military machinery) like "Earth," "Destruction," "Alteration," "Conquest," "Erase," "Suppression," "Dominate," "Terror," "Eternity," "Prosperity," "Revolution" and finally, "Kingdom." This was just before the UFO destroys the rest of the building (with Shinoda inside trying to escape).
The scene where Shinoda tries to escape the collapsing building through an elevator was fixed in the US version. In the Japanese version, one is led to believe that Shinoda "perished" in the falling rubble (we hear his scream in that same scene).
I was fortunate enought to see the original Japanese version of Godzilla 2000. I have to say that this is The Best Godzilla Movie Of All Time. Instead of the futuristic technologies of the Heisei series (maser tanks, mechas and ESP), G2K presents more or less ordinary Japanese life. The only thing slightly futuristic in the movie are the JSDF's Full Metal Missiles (and the UFO itself).
I loved the human cast. G2K will be the second movie that I loved which has a human cast I enjoyed watching, the other being "Gamera: Guardian of the Universe". Katagiri and Shinoda shined throughout. Yuki Ichinose and Io Shinoda are just as good to. One of my favorite scenes with the humans is Io and Shinoda giving Yuki the runaround in their little headquarters (a scene deleted from the American version, I believe). The Godzilla Prediction Network is very well thought-out organisation. Shame they don't really exist ^_^*
MireGoji (the fan name for the 2000 suit) is one of the best G-suits in existence. The new dorsal plates are just great, especially as they light up. They seem to heat up from the inside, rather than flash. The new heat beam is just marvellous. Shame Goji lost the ability to blink.
The UFO and Orga are one of the greatest enemies Goji's had yet. Shame Orga didn't get much to do. However, his destruction was new and refreshing.
The special effects are fantastic. It's so relieving to see missiles hit their target. The CGI shots are great. My favorites are the shot of Goji swimming underwater and the tracking shot of the Full Metal Missiles under the bridge. The music by Takayuki Hattori is also fabuluous.
To sum up: GOJIRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!
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