While Toho were involved with the American Godzilla films, the last cinematic portrayal of the King of Monsters that Toho released was in 2016 with ‘Shin Godzilla’. It was a fantastic reboot of the 1954 original and now Toho finally return with a new live action film!
It takes place in Japan post-World War 2 where the country’s economic state has been reduced to zero. But the return of Godzilla will see the country go down to minus one.
There are a few aspects to this film that will make it stand out from Toho’s previous entries: the film being set in this specific era is unique to the franchise but will further emphasis it’s threatening manner. This is something that was missing from the American films where the monster was painted as humanity’s saviour. Plus, the film will be mostly set from the ground and from the perspective of the civilians, something that the Toho films haven’t done in decades. Not only will this be a refreshing take on the franchise for Toho, but the perspective means the monster’s terror will be fully realized.
After a 7-year absence, it’s great to see Toho return to fully creating Godzilla films again, after being involved in the American films. The film looks fantastic and offers a new perspective on the iconic creature. Plus, Godzilla itself looks amazing: the CGI looks fantastic, and Toho have done a great job at keeping its original design. And being a huge Godzilla fan myself, I’m looking forward to this.
This is an upcoming Japanese kaiju film directed, written, and with visual effects by Takashi Yamazaki. Produced by Toho Studios and Robot and distributed by Toho Co., Ltd., it is the 37th film in the Godzilla franchise, Toho’s 33rd Godzilla film, and the fifth film in the franchise’s Reiwa era.
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