Godzilla vs Destoroyah 1995 Movie Review

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com


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Movie Information 

  • Director: Takao Ohgawara
  • Producer: Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Japanese Release Date: December 9, 1995, by the Toho Motion Picture Company. Running Time 103 minutes.
  • US Release Date: January 1999, released directly to home video by Columbia TriStar Home Video. Running Time 103 minutes.
  • Taglines: “It’s a Major Meltdown” “Apparently Something Is Happening There. In the Reactor. In Godzilla’s Heart.”
  • Alternate Titles: Godzilla versus Destroyah, Godzilla versus Destroyer

Synopsis

Reanimated by the after-effects of the Oxygen Destroyer in Tokyo Bay, a species of tiny, prehistoric crustaceans rose into a herd of man-sized, havoc wreaking, crab like creature’s and eventually fuses into one gigantic monster, Destroyer; meanwhile, uranium deposits between Birth Island mutate Little Godzilla into Godzilla Jr., and Godzilla glows bright red as he attacks Hong Kong, leading authorities to fear you will explode in a nuclear blast, the that.

The super-X3 is freezing raised and lasers briefly stabilize Godzilla, but the radiation and his heart escalates, threatening a China syndrome effect; Godzilla is lowered into a fight with Destroyer in hopes he will be killed before melting down, but when Destroyer murders Godzilla Jr. it pushes Godzilla over the edge and Godzilla becomes enraged and defeats Destroyer with the Super-X3 helps Godzilla’s meltdown by shooting freeze rays at hand to contain the radiation while Godzilla disappears into an atomic mist. But instead of wiping out Tokyo with this radiation is somehow consumed and absorbed into Godzilla Jr.’s body, which is resurrected as the new Godzilla.

What I like about This Movie

I like the fact that they used a new monster and created Godzilla Jr. which was a fresh look because it looks just like a little Godzilla and development. The Godzilla suit is definitely a design that I like that is because of the colors on it and the fiber optics that they use to help it achieve its look. Destroyer I like the many stages of it starts out as a microbe and then turns into tiny crab destroyers and then finally into its final form which is very very huge and intimidating size. But no master Godzilla when he reaches its peak of meltdown. The sad part about this movie is the fact that Destroyer in his final stage grabs the tiny Godzilla Jr. takes off at half and drops into is that.

This enrages Godzilla even further Godzilla approaches Godzilla Jr. and tries to revive him however unsuccessful. Another sad part about this movie is Godzilla’s meltdown it really is a sad sight to see. Because it literally see him fall apart and scales and everything and then one final moments you see his heart bursts.) Then you knew he was dead. Another good point about this movie is the fact that all the radiation that was within Godzilla is now in the air however it is being consumed and absorbed into Godzilla Jr. and he reawakens as a new Godzilla. Another thing I didn’t like about this is the fact that I would love to see them continue the timeline with this Godzilla. But that is not the case.

Trivia

  • Intended to be the last Godzilla movie until the 50th anniversary of Godzilla (1954) in 2004, which allowed TriStar/SPE (also the distributor of many of the films in the USA) to make a trilogy of American Godzilla movies starring Matthew Broderick during that time. However, the poor critical response and box-office revenue of Godzilla (1998) caused TriStar/SPE to abandon plans for a second and third film and Tôhô to bring back Gojira sooner than planned with Godzilla 2000 (1999).
  • Emiko Yamane is played by Momoko Kôchi, the same actress who created the role in Ishiro Honda’s Godzilla (1954). This was also her last film role. She died of cancer three years later.
  • This was the last Godzilla film on which producer Tomoyuki Tanaka worked. He was the only person to produce all of the previous Godzilla films.
  • Contains brief scenes that pay homage to the original Godzilla (1954) – such as Dr Yamane’s stegosaurus model – and during the simulated Tôkyô meltdown sequence (where they show what will happen if Godzilla explodes) Godzilla walks by the Wako Building and the Diet Building – two building he destroys in the original film.
  • An alternate ending was filmed with both Godzilla and Destroyah melting at the same time. The alternate ending can be seen on the Japanese Godzilla vs. Destroyah DVD.
  • Tôhô planned to release this movie as “Godzilla Vs. Destroyer” to the English-language markets, but when it realized that copyrighting an everyday word such as “destroyer” for its monster would be difficult, they released the film as “Godzilla VS Destoroyah” since “destoroyah” is close to the English version of the word, and was a unique name that could be copyrighted easily. When Tôhô had the movie dubbed into English, it made sure the monster was called “destroyer” on film, since that was the intended name.
  • An original idea for this movie had Godzilla fighting the original 1954 Godzilla in ghost form. The project, “Godzilla VS Ghost Godzilla”, was scrapped because the producers thought Godzilla didn’t need to fight a clone version of himself for three movies in a row, following Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1993) (Godzilla VS Mechagodzilla) and Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (1994) (Godzilla VS Spacegodzilla). They opted for this idea instead.
  • This film makes it clear that the Gojirasaurus that attacked Japan in 1954 did indeed die. Characters refer to the destruction of the original Gojira by the oxygen destroyer. As indicated by Doctor Yamane’s speech at the end of the first film (where he surmised that other members of the gojirasaurus’ species may have survived on isolated islands, similar to the later DC series “Dinosaur Island”), continued atomic testing mutated such another member of the species, and this specimen attacked Japan in 1984 in Godzilla 1985: The Legend Is Reborn (1984). Therefore, this explains why the events of the original Godzilla film (Godzilla (1954)) remained part of the time line despite Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991). (In that film, time travelers attempted to meddle with history to prevent the origin of Gojira. Since the gojirasaurus that attacked Japan in 1954 represented a different specimen than the one that attacked Japan in 1984, the actions of the time travelers in that film did not affect the origin of that Godzilla.)
  • The ending theme music was used in the trailer of the first-ever US release of Godzilla (1954), which was distributed in 2004 by Rialto Pictures.
  • This would be the final film score for composer Akira Ifukube whose association with the Godzilla films went back to the original 1954 feature.
  • Kôichi Kawakita came up with the idea of killing Godzilla.
  • The final film in the Versus/Heisei Godzilla series. The third movie series (or Millennium Series) begins with Godzilla 2000 (1999).

Revealing Mistakes

  • In the wide shots, it is evident that the juvenile Destroyah monsters are actually just their movie tie-in toy figures being moved about.
  • In the opening sequence in Hong Kong, traffic is seen moving at a normal pace and in some instances is actually traveling directly towards the Nuclear Godzilla.
  • When Destoroyah is dragging Godzilla across the airport runway, people move about in the terminal and a plane is even seen moving toward the runway.

Closing Statement

This by far is my favorite film of the Heisei Series hands-down. It has many great things to see within this film versus the introduction of Godzilla Jr. which is a representation of an adult Jr. Godzilla and Godzilla himself how he radiates and has orange and red colors along with his traditional colors his eyes are very dark red with some hues. Destroyer is another one that is going to many stages to being a completely huge looking monster that ends up killing Godzilla Jr. who in fact comes back as a new Godzilla when the other Godzilla meltdown at 1200°. The whole storyline was interesting I just like the entire movie. One last note this is the last movie that Tomoyuki Tanaka produces and he surely passed away after this.

Written by Barney Buckley

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