Godzilla 1985 (1984)

PG   |    |  Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

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Thirty years after the original monster's rampage, a new Godzilla emerges and attacks Japan.

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  • Kenpachirô Satsuma in Godzilla 1985 (1984)
  • Kenpachirô Satsuma in Godzilla 1985 (1984)
  • Kenpachirô Satsuma in Godzilla 1985 (1984)

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30 September 2002 | Harvey_Birdman_attorney
Godzilla as a natural disaster film.
I firmly believe that Godzilla is criminally misunderstood in America. Much of this comes from the horrendous dubbings that we are often exposed to. The Americanized version even features Raymond Burr and a giant Dr. Pepper product placement. This makes it tough to take the film seriously on any level. I encourage you to search out the original version. You might be lucky enough to find it on ebay as a region 0 DVD. You won't find it in Blockbuster or most video stores.

Admittedly, it takes a special kind of person to search out the original, then look past the `special' effects and see the metaphysical implications of a giant monster destroying mankind. This may or not be worth your time, but if you decide to watch this film, watch it, not as `Godzilla 1985,' but as `Gojira 1984.' Otherwise you might as well stick with the Devlin/Emmerich remake that's just as funny as the dubbed versions, but for all the wrong reasons.

Also, an excellent score is turned in by Reijiro Koroku, it takes inspiration from the classic Godzilla theme but adds some real depth.

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In early 1985 the trade papers re-ported that Toho was asking several million dollars for the North American distribution rights, and that discussions had taken place w it MGM/United Artists and other studios. At one point, a Toho spokesman complained that the best offer ponied up (by an unnamed Hollywood studio) was in the $2 million range. It's doubtful that he was telling the truth, for the bidding war, such as it was, didn't last long, and Toho wound up getting far less money. By May, the new Godzilla movie had been passed over by the majors and fallen instead into the hands of New World Pictures, the modern-day equivalent of the kind of low-budget, exploitation movie producers and distributors that gobbled up Godzilla movies.


Dr. Hayashida: Okumura, you saw a monster?
Hiroshi Okumura: That's right. Professor, I've told my story, so many times. I told, the police, Maritime Security, but none of them seem to believe a word!
Dr. Hayashida: That's natural. Not everyday, monsters appear.


When Godzilla enters the Japanese harbor he uses his atomic breath to blow up all of the resistance along the shore. When he starts using it he turns to the left, facing the camera, but the breath still goes to the right on the shore.

Alternate Versions

The original Japanese version, like the 1954 original, did not contain Raymond Burr. Also, in the Japanese version, the Russian submarine officer tries to stop the nuclear weapon that was accidentally launched. This was changed for the US version so that the Russian officer actually launched the weapon.


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