Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla II Movie Review

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com


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Movie Information 

  • Director: Takao Okawara
  • Producer: Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Japanese Release Date: December 11, 1993, by the Toho Motion Picture Company. Running Time 107 minutes.
  • US Release Date: December 1998, distributed directly to pay-per-view satellite television. Running Time 107 minutes.
  • Taglines: “The time has come, finally, to put our technology to the final test.” “3 is a very big crowd” “Seikimatsu Ha O Tanjo [The End of the Century’s Supreme King is Born.]” “After this battle, it will all be over.”
  • Alternative Titles: Godzilla versus Mechagodzilla, Godzilla versus Mechagodzilla 2, Godzilla versus Super-Mechagodzilla

Synopsis

Scientists at the United Nations Godzilla Countermeasures Center (UNGCC) excavate Mecha-King Ghidorah from the city and utilized its Advanced Technology in the ultimate anti-Godzilla weapon, the cyborg Mechagodzilla; meanwhile, a prehistoric a discovered on Adonoa Island is brought to Kyoto, where a Godzillasaurus hatches. The military use the little creature (Called Baby) to 4 Godzilla to a secluded island where Mechagodzilla can kill the big G, but Rodan (believing it is the babies right Guardian) for those the plan and the monsters instead face off in Chiba city; Godzilla is defeated by Mechagodzilla’s powerful weapons and appears dead, but Rodan transfers is cosmic life-force to Godzilla, super-charging the King of monsters and enabling him to defeat his robotic replica.

What I Think about the Movie

Let me start with the beginning of the movie there are pretty nice scenes of the monster Rodan who has been modernized and has a very nice-looking about it is more pterodactyl style rather than the original. Godzilla comes onto the islands and yes I am amazed at this suit is very muscular in a way and his spines all the way down to his have are quite a sight to see in that scene. The fight scenes were truly amazing, but Godzilla gets the better of Rodan. Godzilla leaves the island to go after (Baby). This new Mechagodzilla while is nice and round it I am not too impressed with the looks of this Mechagodzilla I am however impressive the weapons that it has because it in fact killed Godzilla. Rodan comes onto the scene but this time he somehow converts to a fire Rodan which is a very radioactive pteranodon. Rodan is no match for Mechagodzilla the sea is seriously injured and one Godzilla is down for the count Rodan has one burst of energy and suddenly gets shot down and he lands on to Godzilla making Godzilla a super beast with super energy. The entire fight scene after this Mechagodzilla is the master Godzilla and is eventually destroyed. The fight scenes in the explosions in the fire are truly amazing it is really good special effects at this point. The bad thing is clearly point out anything this bad about this movie not in my case because I like the movie through and through.

Trivia

  • The English dub version of the movie is the only movie where Rodan is referred to by his real name, Radon.
  • An early concept was to have Mech Godzilla be able to split into two separate machines.
  • Originally intended to be a remake of Kingu Kongu tai Gojira (1962) a.k.a. King Kong vs. Godzilla. The producers, however, considered Turner Entertainment’s asking price for the rights to King Kong too high. They then planned on using Mechani-Kong from King Kong Escapes (1967) a.k.a. King Kong Escapes, but they feared this would violate Turner’s copyright. They ultimately decided to remake Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) although the Mechani-Kong theme was used in the film.
  • This is the only Godzilla film featuring Mechagodzilla not to be immediately followed by a direct sequel also featuring Mechagodzilla. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) was immediately followed by Mekagojira no gyakushu (1975), and Godzilla against MechaGodzilla (2002) was immediately followed by Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003). The next film, Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (1994), did however feature another giant robot designed to battle Godzilla, called Moguera.
  • Despite the film’s English title, “Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II,” the film is not a sequel to Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) a.k.a. “Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.” The film was retitled due to the fact that in the Western world, different films in a series rarely have the same title unless they’re remakes. A third film with the same title in Japanese, Godzilla against MechaGodzilla (2002) (“Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla”), was also retitled for the Western market (as “Godzilla against Mechagodzilla”.

Continuity

  • When Mechagodzilla fires its chest beam at Rodan, he lands on his back, but when Baby Godzilla calls out to him when Mechagodzilla is killing Godzilla, he is on his belly.

Revealing Mistakes

  • When Rodan flies over the sea, it creates a parallel series of shock waves on the surface of the water. There are flashes under the water that reveal that the shock waves are actually created by explosive charges under the water.

Closing Statements

I would have to say that this is a top-notch Godzilla film where he actually dies, but comes even stronger. The whole Mechagodzilla thing here it was okay he had pretty impressive weapons and when Garuda a cash to him he is called “Super-Mechagodzilla” this is where he’s at his best. The fight scenes are pretty spectacular as well as the monsters that have been redesigned they are all in their own special way pretty remarkable looking characters. Mechagodzilla is the least of my favorite when it comes to the design until you actually see “Godzilla against Mechagodzilla” this movie came out in 2002 this design is perhaps the best looking design of the bunch. Don’t get me wrong the original cyborg is still my favorite in design and its impressive weaponry. My suggestion if you never seen this movie as it gives Godzilla is a run for its money. (Spoiler coming up) this is one of the movies were Godzilla actually dies however he does come back to life.

Written by Barney Buckley

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