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Godzilla 1985
     

Godzilla 1985

Director: Koji Hashimoto, Robert J. Kizer, Raymond Burr, Takenori Emoto

Cast: Koji Hashimoto, Robert J. Kizer, Raymond Burr, Takenori Emoto

 

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Nearly ten years after his last screen appearance (in 1975's Terror of Mechagodzilla), the Tokyo Terror stomps again -- albeit awkwardly -- in Toho Studios' highly publicized bid to reestablish the Green Guy's popularity in Japan and overseas. More a remake of the 1956 classic Godzilla, King of the Monsters than a continuation of the series, Godzilla

Overview

Nearly ten years after his last screen appearance (in 1975's Terror of Mechagodzilla), the Tokyo Terror stomps again -- albeit awkwardly -- in Toho Studios' highly publicized bid to reestablish the Green Guy's popularity in Japan and overseas. More a remake of the 1956 classic Godzilla, King of the Monsters than a continuation of the series, Godzilla 1985 represents an attempt to revamp the Big G with Star Wars movie technology and a more "serious" approach. Unfortunately, Toho's efforts may have gone astray, since the film resorts to exactly the same cheesy conventions that had endeared the series to bad-movie buffs around the world: flimsy cardboard buildings, inconsistencies in the monster's size from one scene to the next, and the same mock-profound commentary from Raymond Burr. The only notable additions consist of some interference from those evil superpowers, America and the Soviet Union, who both want to nuke Godzilla before he decides to direct his rage somewhere other than Japan. Though the film did manage to jump-start the franchise, spawning several high-tech sequels (continuing with Godzilla vs. Biollante and 1995's Godzilla vs. The Destroyer), its cheesiness spelled certain doom for the series in overseas markets, with minimal legitimate U.S. distribution until their arrival on video amid advance hype for Sony-TriStar's mega-budgeted 1998 version.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/1997
UPC:
0013131028836
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
NR
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Raymond Burr Steve Martin
Takenori Emoto Kitagawa
Shinpei Hayashiya Kamijo, Cameraman
Koji Ishizaka Member of Power Plant
Nobuo Kaneko Home Affairs Minister Isomura
Takeshi Kato Internal Trade and Industry Minister Kasa
Robert J. Kizer Actor
Keiju Kobayashi Prime Minister Mitamura
Hiroshi Koizumi Minami, Geologist
Shinsuke Mikimoto Chief of the General Staff Kakurai
Mikita Mori Director-General of the National Land Agenc
Takeo Morimoto Newscaster
Kunio Murai Henmi
Taketoshi Naito Chief Cabinet Secretary Takegami
Yosuke Natsuki Hayashida, Biologist
Junkichi Orimoto Director-General of Defense Mohri
Eitaro Ozawa Finance Minister Kanzaki
Kei Sato Gondo
Yasuka Sawaguchi Naoko Okumura
Mizuho Suzuki Foreign Minister Kanzaki
Yoshifumi Tajima Director-General of Environment Hidaka
Tetsuya Takeda Tramp
Shin Takuma Hiroshi Okumura
Kiyoshi Tamamoto Kajita
Ken Tanaka Goro Maki, Reporter

Technical Credits
Koji Hashimoto Director
Robert J. Kizer Director
Toyohisa Araki Songwriter
Kazutami Hara Cinematographer
Linda Henrick Songwriter
Yoshio Ishii Special Effects
Reijiro Koroku Score Composer,Songwriter
Yoshitami Kuroiwa Editor
Yoshikazu Manoda Special Effects
Kohji Matsumoto Special Effects
Takeshi Mayanishi Special Effects
Mitsuo Miakawa Special Effects
Takashi Miki Songwriter
Shuichi Nagahara Screenwriter
Teruyoshi Nakano Special Effects
Katusaki Nakay Musical Direction/Supervision
Anthony Randel Producer
Akira Sakuragi Production Designer
Michael Spence Editor
Lisa Tomei Screenwriter
Tomoyuki Tanaka Producer
Takeaki Tsukada Special Effects
Tadaaki Watanabe Special Effects
Nobuyuki Yasumaru Special Effects

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