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  • AwesomeWolf29 December 2004
    Version: Japanese with English Subtitles (Madman's R4 DVD)

    'Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla' opens with a typhoon hitting southern Japan, and then a giant monster turns up to lay waste to a small town - everyone runs away - except for the one guy who thinks he can save his house from being stepped on - and the 'Anti-Megalosaurus Force' is called in, and eventually runs away, but not before their commander, Akane Yashiro (Yumiko Shaku) accidentally causes the deaths of several of her troops. Soon we learn the monster is Godzilla, and according to this movie's time-line, Godzilla attacked Japan only once, when he first appeared in 1954. Other monsters have attacked Japan since, but none have been as destructive as Godzilla.

    With Godzilla's reappearance, those wacky Japanese scientists come up with their best plan yet - they're going to build a Mechagodzilla, with added firepower, and controlled by a 'DNA Computer' using DNA extracted from the original Godzilla's skeleton. Apparently by doing this, Mechagodzilla can think like Godzilla, and will have a reaction time markedly better than that of a normal computer. Obviously this a bad idea, but these Godzilla movies need bad-ideas for the movie to proceed.

    On the human side of things, Akane Yashiro is assigned to the Kiryu Squadron (Mechagodzilla Squadron), and is met with hostility from her comrades their. Tokumitsu Yuhara, one of the Mechagodzilla scientists spends most of the movie chatting up Akane, while Akane tries to get Tokumitsu's daughter, Sara, to open up to her. Awww, how sweet.

    Enough of the love-ins, lets get down to some city crushing! The plot is simple, and like several other Godzilla movies, makes some interesting points that it completely skips in favour of monster action (in this case, Japan's rearmament is mentioned, but only briefly), of which is there is plenty. In their respective adventures, Godzilla and his mechanical cousin destroy a few cities and make a mockery of Japan's defence forces (just another day on the job for Godzilla), and get down to one way-cool giant-monster fight scene at the end. Did I mention the fight-scene at is way-cool?

    My only problem with the movie is the use of the Godzilla suit: there are times when it is plainly obvious that the Godzilla suit is empty, and not for any complicated reason - he just stands there motionless. Otherwise, there was a fair amount of CGI effects, but they were done well enough for me to say "this movie is awesome".

    8/10 - This movie is awesome. Godzilla fans should check it out.
  • The story starts with truck load of unknown object being moved out of Tateyama city. Shortly after that, Godzilla appears in Tateyama city. What's the connection ? The object that was moved out of Tateyama city was the remains of the original Godzilla that attacked Tokyo in 1954. Japanese special defense force JXSDF (Japan Counter-Xenomorph Self Defense Force) attacks Godzilla but it's weapons are ineffective against the Godzilla. Prime minister Takushoku (Kumi Mizuno) assembles a team of scientists to build a robot based on the original Godzilla's skeleton named Kiryu (Mechanical Dragon) to counter Godzilla's attack.

    This movie had good special effects, the Mecha Godzilla (which only Dr. Uhara and his daughter refers to in this fasion in the movie) 's design was by far the best of all Mechagodzillas. They really took the effort to get the details right on this movie with cool looking cargo planes Shirasagi (White Heron) to transport Kiryu from its base to battle ground. Yumiko Shaku's performance as Akane Yashiro was engaging, and acting was believable. The plot was good and the score which was performed by Moscow International Symphonic Orchestra was in my opinion best of all Godzilla series.

    This Godzilla was just as entertaining as the original Godzilla of 1954 which it pays homage to. None other Godzilla film even comes close to the quality of finish this movie has except for the 1954 original, and for this reason, movie scores a high mark.
  • Better than last year's GMK, in fact, (still, I give that one ****). After the original Godzilla is destroyed in 1954, Japan has become the stomping ground (pun intended!) for a host of other kaiju over the years(featured in brief flashbacks). A special branch of the Japanese Defense Force is created to counter this threat, resulting in the creation of MechaGodzilla, a biomechanical monster created from the dna recovered from the remains of the original Godzilla. After it's initial encounter with Godzilla, the thing goes berserk when it "hears" Godzilla's roar which triggers a genetic memory in the robot's control system, causing it to go on a rampage.

    GODZILLA vs MECHAGODZILLA returns the Big G to his sci-fi roots. The beginning is very similar to that of GODZILLA vs MEGAGUIRIUS, which is no surprise since it's directed by Masaaki Tezuka, who also directed GxM. The acting is superb, and the special effects are top notch-light years ahead of any premillennial G-films, or even GODZILLA '98 for that matter. I won't give away the ending, but it does leave room for a sequel currently in production in Japan, so stay tuned.

    Rating: ***** out of *****
  • KingGhidorah200115 December 2003
    The opening sequence was down right awesome. Right away Godzilla is out and about stomping through town. Right off the bat I have found things I liked about this movie. One thing that I liked was the fact that Godzilla spits his blue radioactive breathe instead of the fire-like breath scene in Godzilla 2000 or Godzilla X Megaguirus. Godzilla's look also resembles that of the Godzilla 2000 and Godzilla X Megaguirus movies, which is a plus in my book. I found it nice that they mention other monsters either then Godzilla like Mothra and Gaira (Green Gargantuan) in as previous monster attacks against Tokyo.

    The movie shows some of he science behind the creation of MechaGodzilla instead of say skipping till the end when it is finished or something that some movies do. Other times like Godzilla Vs MechaGodzilla 2 the movie starts with MechaGodzilla already built. This whole thing is another plus for this movie.

    The storyline is a little better developed then some of the other Godzilla movies. Some of the characters get a little more development at the beginning. Though it is hard to do in relatively short amount of time this movie still gives a nice storyline to go along with the monster aspect.

    Now onto the monsters. Kiryu, or MechaGodzilla, is the best version of MechaGodzilla to date. It is equipped with many weapons, which include the Absolute Zero Cannon that freezes things instantly. This is a nice touch to the massive MechaGodzilla arsenal. It still has some of the same lasers and missiles as previous versions.In all this MechaGodzilla is my favorite monster (aside from Godzilla) in the whole Millenium series.

    As mentioned above Godzilla was given his blue radioactive breathe back (he did have it in GMK, but still). This time the breath was a combination of the blue and the fire-like one. Out of all the looks for Godzilla this is one of my favorites. This movie also has Godzilla get powered by electricity as it did in the Showa series.

    Favorite part of this movie has to be when Kiryu goes crazy and starts rampaging through the city. The whole triggering of memories because of Godzilla's roar was nice. This is just another good area of the movie. I mean it has the man against machine element brought in here while still having the man against monster element. Which in both cases for this movie it is man against their creations (Nuclear weapons made by man created Godzilla). This continues the great storyline of this movie and makes it a little more interesting.

    The battle between Godzilla and Kiryu was nice. They actually had some physical fighting instead of just having Kiryu blast away at Godzilla the entire time. Both Godzilla and Kiryu got knocked around quite a bit. I mean the movie still has the lasers, missiles, and radioactive heat beams as all the previous movies, which is still good in itself. This epic battle is a great one!!

    All in all it is an excellent Godzilla movie and should be enjoyed by any Godzilla Fan out there.
  • This film had everything a Godzilla film needs: a bunch destruction, Godzilla fighting another monster with incredible results, and of course, a little camp! The special effects in this film are unbelievable, they are just getting better and better... basically equal to America! There are so many highlights in this film I can't think of all them; the scene with Mechagodzilla falling under the moonlight was fantastic, and as MG is falling, the energy sockets on its back burst flames, resulting in the greatest flying kaiju scene since Gamera 3! Some of you may be thinking "well the special effects are good, but that is not the most important thing in a film." Well, this film had quite a bit of drama which surprisingly was touching, and it all mixed in a Godzilla film very well... connecting the theme all together!! The music and acting was excellent, as simple as that.. The fight scenes between godzilla and Mechagodzilla were great, often having grappling and punching instead of constant beam battles like in the Hesei series. Godzilla's 26th film is one of the greatest G-films of all, almost beating Godzilla, mothra, and King Ghidorah!! Director Mr. Tezuka is directing a sequel to this film, which features two mothra larvae, one Mothra adult, Godzilla, Mechagodzilla, and the giant turtle Kameba, all in an all-out war! It will be great, and will probably top Shusuke Kaneko's Gamera series as long as Mr. Tezuka uses his creative talent of directing, creative camera angles, and spectacular Specail FX!!
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    This is a classic monster movie as it is supposed to be. SFX are definitely 2000ish and show no big shortcomings. As well, this movie is about monsters levelling cities, or men in suit levelling cartonbox cities: pure&simple. The character development is left to a minimum, but we don't miss it. Other monster movies try to thicken the plot with poor results: here they keep it low profile. There are not many subplots (unlike say Final Wars ) and that makes it less cluttered. Fights are very good and this time Kiryu can actually beat the hell out of Godzilla. Kiryu is no less than some cyborg engineered from the 1954 Godzilla cells & built around that skeleton by a scientist who could syntetize trilobites out of fossil cells i guess. There is the subplot about the scientist & his child daughter still mourning her mother's loss; there is the army girl outcast after a mistake of hers triggers the death of other soldiers, but it's pretty much all there.
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    (Some Spoilers Ahead) - Why Toho and Tezuka felt it necessary to revisit and redo `Godzilla vs. Mecha Godzilla' is anyone's guess, considering that it has only been nine years since the 1994 movie which was in itself a remake of the 1974 movie. The Mecha Godzilla (or Ki Ryu [Mechanical Dragon]) is quite a different beast from both the 1994 and 1974 versions. In 1974, Mecha G was an alien cyborg creation built to masquerade as Godzilla and be his every equal. In 1994, Mecha G was built by the Japanese Defense Force (G-Force) using the salvaged remains of one of Mecha King Ghidorah's heads and 23rd Century Technology. In this version, the Japanese Government once again builds Mecha Godzilla but this time using the skeletal remains and DNA information extracted from the 1954 Godzilla (1st Godzilla) and then building a mechanical framework over it. Continuity is thrown out the window as Tezuka's G x MG refuses to acknowledge any of the previous Godzilla movies except the aforementioned original 1954 Godzilla movie (although surprisingly G x MG does mention in passing events which took place in `Godzilla vs. Mothra' and `Sanda Tai Gaira' [AKA War of the Gargantuas]).

    Taking a page from Kaneko Shusuke's 2002 `All Out Monster Attack', Tezuka infuses G x MG will an abundance of impressive CGI and other digital effects. Not all the effects are great mind you and some are just embarrassingly bad (MG jumps around like `Kangaroo Jack' in some points) but there are a few cool action scenes. The model and costume works are good and there are some noticeable improvements, especially to Godzilla's look and the various military hardware including the new and improved MASERS.

    Tezuka also apes Kaneko's use of one-shot and extended cameos for various recognizable TV and Movie stars (blink and you could miss cameos from the likes of Suzuki Kenji, Tanaka Misato, Mizuno Kumi, Kamiya Makoto, and Yanagisawa Shingo). And finally Japanese Baseball Superstar and current NY Yankees star Matsui Hideki (whose nickname is `Gojira') finally gets to appear in a Godzilla Movie as himself.

    While Tezuka unfortunately does not have Kaneko's fair of drama and visually style, he still crafts an enjoyable story similar to his previous work on `Godzilla vs. Megaguirus'. As with G x M, Tezuka has another female heroine front and center, this time played fairly well by plucky `Princess Blade' star Shaku Yuriko. Shaku basically plays a variation of Sigourney Weaver's `Aliens' character Ripley or Linda Hamilton's Sara Conner character in `Terminator 2' complete with the muscles.

    G x MG seems more suited to Anime than film as Mecha Godzilla bears more than some passing resemblance to Bandai/Sunrise's `Gundam' (Mecha G's armaments and backpack look like direct rip offs of some of the stuff you'd see in the Gundam Animation Series). Even the story seems like a variant on Head Gear/Sunrise's fan favorite series `Patlabor' with Shaku's character of Yashiro Akane basically playing a live action version of Patlabor's lead female pilot Noa Izumi. Coincidence? Perhaps but it's worth noting.

    While thankfully Baby G doesn't appear in this version, M x MG is none-the-less not much of an improvement over its predecessors, albeit the digital effects are quite impressive. Godzilla x Mecha Godzilla is fun entertainment but doesn't really improve upon the franchise at all, just follows the standards that were set before it.
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    I must admit, I had my worries. So many good and bad reviews. First off, I just want to say both Godzilla and MechaGodzilla, or Kiryu as he's called, looked incredible. This has to be one of the fiercest looking Godzilla suits since the Heisei era. My favorite of the Shinsei era. Plus his heat ray was remarkable, the way it charges up. Kiryu looks cool as hell and has some of the most impressive weapons yet seen in a robot monster.

    Anyways, Mazakki Tezuka returns to direct and he did an excellent job. Wataru Mimura provides a great screenplay, as usual. Akira Nakao returns, one of my favorite G-actors. Akane is played by Yumiko Shaku, a beautiful actor that gave a very emotional performance. The love story is awkward because there's a huge age difference between her and Dr. Yahara ( Shin Takuma), but it still works. Sara, his daughter, was a bit annoying at times but it helps the story along greatly. Godzilla, despite this being the shortest G-film since the Showa era, gets a lot of screen time. The many battles against JSDF are incredibly well done and I love the Maser Tanks!! The battle in the rain looked awesome and I would love to see a monster battle in the rain in the future. Prior to rumor, you don't have to wait that long for the title monsters to meet. Unfortunately, when they do Godzilla just sits there like a statue, not even flinching. Only the hit from the Maser rays in Kiryu's mouth make him wake up and react to what's going on. This was PATHETIC and I don't know what the staff was thinking but they must have been high to think it looked good.

    Moving on, then Kiryu goes on a fantastic rampage that looks bad-ass as hell. The drive of Michuru Oshima's music and sound of explosions combine to make a very cool scene. I love that part of the story, Kiryu being part Godzilla, part man's machine to destroy him. How he turns evil, it's just great. In the end, the two meet again, after some nicely done rampage scenes. The first battle makes you wonder, but Tezuka delivers and Yuichi Kikuchi's SFX really kick ass! The CGI is excellent and MechaG even engages in a physical battle with Godzilla. His best weapon is that electrocuting machete, nice. At the climax, we finally see a weapon that really wounds Godzilla. I love that scene, seeing that bloody crater in his chest.

    The movie is well done and could've been a ten star film, but a few things brought it down, all blasting a star off. First off, Godzilla being a statue when they first fought and secondly, Godzilla isn't exactly what I want him to be. Sure he gets screen time and all, but he's hardly ever mentioned in the dialogue. Plus he hardly interacts with the human characters, and he seems to be more of a afterthought if you ask me. The sequel, "Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S." , had the same problem. I don't know what went wrong here, because "Godzilla vs. Megaguirus" was a remarkable achievement, and yet I felt Tezuka lacked here. In actuality, Kiryu is the main monster, not Godzilla. This was kind of a bother to me. He's basically a villain without character. The film is still a very good one, but the story should've revolved more around Godzilla. The characters just don't talk about him enough.
  • This Godzilla movie has a better storyline than any of the other originals. The special effects used were excellent, however the Godzilla and MechaGodzilla (Kiryu) costumes were similar to the ones used in the early Godzilla movies.

    The performance of Japanese Pop Idol Yumiko Shaku (Yuki from Shura Yukihime/The Princess Blade) was great, she really portrayed her character (Akane Yashino)'s emotions well.

    The overall its a good movie to watch for fun!
  • Godzila X Mechagodzilla is COOL! I didn't like Godzilla X Megaguirus a lot, but I believe Masaaki Tezuka has improved his G-Flicks in every way. The story is much better and the characters have more depth. mechagodzilla and Godzilla look a lot cooler than before. There's a lot more of a rivalry between the monsters than in GXM. Sometimes the CGI effects look absolutely fake but they have their moments(Godzilla opening his eye and such). Michiru Oshima's score is great, and she uses more themes than in GXM. I have seen the movie in Japanese and English and both jobs are well done. This actually makes me look forward to Masaaki Tezuka's other Godzilla movie to come to America, Godzilla X Mothra X Mechagodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
  • GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA (2002) Like others in the Godzilla series, this new entry establishes itself as a direct sequel to the 1954 original, even using digitally altered footage from that film, as well as clips from MOTHRA and WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS to once again illustrate Japan's troubled history with unruly giant creatures. When Godzilla once again threatens her shores, Japan's female prime minister (Kumi Mizuno) calls together her greatest scientific minds, including cyber-biologist Tokimitsu Yuhara (Shin Takuma), whose inclusion in this group gives his precocious daughter Sara (Kana Onodera) a backstage pass to witness the creation of a new bioweapon developed using the recently-uncovered original Godzilla bones.

    The elite JSDF team assembled to pilot the machine is augmented by the lone survivor, Akane Yashiro (Yumiko Shaku), of an eight minute opening Maser-gun battle with Godzilla, her presence made all the more uncomfortable by the vindictive suspicions of a teammate whose brother perished in that disaster. Christened Mechagodzilla, this robo-beast amounts to the re-arming of Japan, something the rest of the world finds rather dismaying, and when the unit's memories of its demise in 1954 are stirred by Godzilla's roar, the battle's a draw, the combatants stand down, and the Prime Minister's out of a job. When Godzilla returns, there's no choice but to reprogram MechaGodzilla and send it back into battle, during which, not surprisingly, Akane herself must take the helm to not only save her country and discourage the naysayers, but to prove to herself - and, of course, to young, conveniently motherless Sara - that no life is worthless. Both of the 'final' shots in the movie - take your pick; there's a sequence after the closing credits - are fitting.

    GODZILLA VS. MEGAGUIRUS director Nasaki Tezuka returns to the series with a highly worthy effort, finding a pitch-perfect blend of suits and CGI in his impressive battle sequences, while allowing for reflection (as always) on Japan's nuclear-tainted history, nodding to the ever- increasing empowerment of women in Japanese society (though neatly reminding us that they, too can fail on a large scale before earning redemption) and, as in GODZILLA 2000 and many others in the series, cleverly constructing a modern family dynamic between the pilot, the scientist and his daughter.

    People groused that Shinsuke Kaneko's GODZILLA, MOTHRA, KING GHIDORA: ALL OUT GIANT MONSTERS ATTACK, while simultaneously jump starting a moribund franchise with still-vastly-improved visual flare, lacked the dynamism and realism of his 90's GAMERA trilogy, but they were missing the point. Save the first film, GODZILLA has always been for kids, maybe not as young as the original GAMERA series of the 60's, but kids nonetheless. And, I suppose, kids-at-heart. The stories can be pure formula, the character dynamics refried from earlier entries (in fact, many of the most subtle FX in this movie, simple dialogue scenes on catwalks around the Mechagodzilla hangar with the behemoth in the background, are simply more convincing updates of scenes we saw in the 70's), but as long as there's enough razzle-dazzle and a vicarious point-of-entry for the kids, the movie's probably a done deal in the eyes of Toho executives. Here, the Sara character is our vicarious tour guide to the inner workings of the JSDF and all its stoic patriotism (even her friends, walking home with her from school, are slack-jawed at her privileged access to headquarters).

    Where the GAMERA updates were intended to make full use of the character's added features (mainly flight) and the advances in modern special effects and high-concept screenplay writing to draw in more savvy audiences, the Millennium Godzilla series, like those that came before, have always retained a comparatively simple modus operandi: appeal to the kids, and make the adults wish they were still kids. On this level, GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA probably surpasses the previous three entries and at a lean, nicely paced 96 minutes (88 in its American incarnation I'm told; WHY DO THEY BOTHER!), it's certainly the easiest on the behind and quietly sets up the sequel, GODZILLA, MOTHRA, MECHAGODZILLA: TOKYO S.O.S. (2003). I give it an 8.
  • Very enjoyable Goji film that is possibly my favorite of the Millenium series. The story keeps me interested, the effects are great and Goji and MechaGoji are awesome in this one. The idea of the MechaGoji being based on the bones of the original ji is very interesting and makes for a fascinating film as well.

    Highly recommended, this one gets 8 out of 10 Goji Skeletons!
  • Of all the films that fall under the most recent string of Godzilla movies, this one ranks up there right next to Godzilla 2000. While the plot may seem a bit confusing at first, you'll find yourself not really caring once the action starts up.

    MechaGodzilla (named "Kiryu" in this movie) is a great hybrid cross between the MechaGodzilla's from the earlier Godzilla eras. The Big-G is great with his new attitude in the series, making the clash between the two monsters very impactive and dramatic. My only complaint is that the film comes off feeling rather short; as if there was to be more that somehow got cut from the film.

    Human actors are their usual up-to-snuff quality expected in a Godzilla movie. But, if you're anything like me, you could care less about the pesky humans and their melodrama; it's not called "Human Drama and a Monster" after all.

    On the grand scale of all Godzilla movies, I rank this one right up at the top. It was great to see MechaGodzilla's new look, and when the rumble starts it is definitely no holds barred. I whole-heartedly recommend this movie for any Godzilla fan, or a fan of kaiju films in general.
  • Now this is definitely cool. At this time, Toho is once again reviving some of their classic creatures to costar with the King of the Monsters, this time the mechanical doppleganger Mechagodzilla. Like the other films of the Millennium series, this one is a direct sequel to the 1954 classic, but it also makes references to other classic Toho films. Get ready to crumble because this is Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla!

    Plot: Nearly fifty years after the attack on Tokyo back in 1954, a second Godzilla creature has risen from the depths to challenge mankind. Desperate, the government assembles the greatest minds of Japan to create a weapon to defeat the beast: the cyborg monster Mechagodzilla (also called Kiryu for some reason). Piloting the massive mech is Akane Yashiro, a fairly complicated woman struggling to find her place in the world. But when Mechagodzilla starts to have a few nasty glitches, can the government find a way to bring it under control? It all leads up to the thrilling building-smashing showdown between Godzilla and his mechanical double.

    This is a fine entry to the giant-sized series. The Godzilla suit is fantastic, one of the best ever and Godzilla himself is an awesome force of destruction. Mechagodzilla has an impressive design, a cool set of weaponry, and is actually given something of a personality. Most of the effects and miniatures are excellent and the action scenes are a true delight to watch.

    The human characters are actually pretty interesting, which is something one hardly gets in the Godzilla films. Akane is surprisingly complex and has lots of good emotional qualities. She's kind, sympathetic, tough, and level-headed, which makes her far more superior to the arrogant and vengeful female lead of "Godzilla vs Megaguirus." The other characters are good to like Dr. Yuhara and his daughter who befriend Akane. Dialog between the characters is fairly top-notch, hardly any exaggeration even in the English dubbing. I just wish that they'd stop calling Mechagodzilla "Kiryu."

    While this movie may leave you wishing for a little more, Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla is a satisfying entry in the classic Toho film series. At least it has a sequel (Godzilla Tokyo S.O.S.) unlike the other Millennium films. Overall, not bad so check it out. All hail the King of the Monsters.
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    Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla is a triumphant knock-around classic. The film is such a success as it takes all that is great about Godzilla movies, links it to the first, and brings in a number of powerful human elements so there is something worth fighting for. It's great to see a series of movies continue to mature, even after 26 movies.

    It starts in the pouring rain, and Godzilla attacks, killing a squadron of soldiers charged with protecting against monster attacks. The sole survivor is blamed, and demoted to data entry. Meanwhile, a scientist is asked to take the bones of the original Godzilla, and make a clone/robot. This takes Japan 3.5 years, and it was nice to see some government talk about costs, and how the rest of the world might react to such a powerful weapon. There was also a sweet moment when the scientists daughter wondered why clone a monster and not her deceased mother.

    Once the robot is ready Godzilla shows up again, like an ass, and Shaku is reinstated to pilot the Mechagodzilla. However, she still has much to prove as her team don't completely trust her. The suits must be much lighter, as this Mechagodzilla is agile and quick. He has a vast array of weapons, which are all used well.

    The film doesn't outstay its welcome and it constantly offers new visuals. It's an absolute wonder for fans, and also works as a stand alone piece.
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    GMK changed gears from the mediocre predecessors that were Godzilla 2000 (1999) and GvM (2000). But thankfully, Toho didn't allow for there to be just one great G movie in the Millennium series, so they launched the Mechagodzilla pair of films, this being the first. Remaking a classic monster can be tricky. Toho decided not to revamp the origins of Mechagodzilla this time. The plot is much like 1993's Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla II in that Japan built the giant mech to defend themselves against Godzilla.

    Actually, I'm sorry I even brought the 1993 film up. This one is so much better. Unlike the Heisei series Godzilla, the Millennium Godzilla (and his foes) can actually physically fight and some fun scenes are carried out here. Godzilla looks good, his menace toned down just a tad from his previous Millennium suits. They also returned Godzilla's atomic ray back to a blue color, whereas Godzilla 2000 and GvM had deviated from the rest of the movies by giving him an orange-ish atomic ray. Mechagodzilla looks good, far more sleek, agile, and athletic than the 1993 version and more like the 1974-1975 MG. Special effects work is also great.

    There are a few minuses in the film, however. Character development was rather lacking and followed Godzilla vs Megaguirus too closely. One strange piece to the film, and I don't know if it applies only to the region one release, is Mechagodzilla's name. They start out calling it Mechagodzilla but quickly begin calling it Kiryu and keep that name for the duration of the film (and in its direct sequel, 2003's Tokyo SOS, they go back to calling it Mechagodzilla or Mecha-G). Why they started referring to it as Kiryu is never explained and is a little odd.

    Nevertheless, this is a good film, even without the human character strength that was a bit better in GMK that came before it. It's easy to see why Toho decided to keep this universe going with a sequel as opposed to just starting over again like all of the other Millennium series Godzilla films. I rate it 7/10.
  • This is the third Godzilla film of the Millennium Series. It is made as a direct sequel to the original 1954 Godzilla film, and, in my opinion, is the best film to do so in the Millennium Series. Godzilla's first appearance in this movie has him rising out of the ocean, scaring a couple of soldiers, and beginning his rampage in Japan. As a result, government officials talk about Godzilla's first attack in 1954 and how it was destroyed by the Oxygen Destroyer, alarmed that this monster has mysteriously returned. They even referenced the monsters Gaira from "War of the Gargantuas" (1966) and Mothra from "Mothra" (1961) as having invaded Tokyo in the years after Godzilla's first attack.

    In this film, we have, again, a female soldier seeking revenge against Godzilla for killing colleagues of hers. After monsters having appeared in the past, the Japanese government salvaged the skeletal remains of the original Godzilla to make a robotic version of the monster called Mechagodzilla. Filled with missiles and state-of-the-art weaponry, Mechagodzilla is Japan's number one defense against Godzilla. Mechagodzilla was proved to be a tough opponent for Godzilla and, in a plot twist, it appeared that the original Godzilla's spirit lives in the robot. This added suspense to the story.

    We get to see a movie with a brilliant score by Michiru Ôshima and great special effects by Yûichi Kikuchi. Masaaki Tezuka did OK in the directing; however, he focused too much on the human characters, leaving us limited monster action (Godzilla was also portrayed as a little weak). But, some of the heroism and sacrifice made by the human characters, especially by the antagonist of the film who ended up putting his own life on the line to rescue the female lead, were pretty entertaining. I also enjoyed the touching friendship between the little girl and the female soldier, adding a nice touch of heartfelt drama. As an added treat, Toho brought back veteran actress Kumi Mizuno, who played "Miss Namikawa" in "Godzilla vs. Monster Zero" (1965) and "Daiyo" in "Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster" (1966), and actor Akira Nakao, who played "Commander Takaki Aso" in the Godzilla "Heisei" films, to appear in this movie.

    Overall, this is a well-paced story with some nice monster action, but mostly towards the end.

    Grade B-
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    "Godzilla x Mechagodzilla" had a tough act to follow; the nearly perfect "Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah". And, while good, "GMK" is still the high water mark of the Millennium series, probably including the Hesei series as well, so expectations and comparisons are hard to ignore. However, director Tezuka definitely picked up a few new tricks since the just-okay "Godzilla x Megaguirus", and follows up "GMK" excellently.

    In short, like the other Godzilla Millennium series, this one starts the G mythos over from square one with only the original binding it. However, unlike many other movies, in this one, the original Godzilla actually was killed by the Oxygen Destroyer, and the current Godzilla is just a new one (where he came from, however, they never reveal, a matter I'll discuss later). So, to counter this new threat, the "Anti-Megalosaurus" division of the JSDF builds a new weapon, named Kiryu, nicknamed Mechagodzilla, out of the bones and DNA programming of the old Godzilla's bone remains. It quickly proves itself a match against the new G, but later the original G programming in the DNA runs amuck. But, after that's taken care of, and Godzilla himself appears on land, Mechag is rearmed and ready for a final battle!

    First, the good: And get ready, 'cause it's a long list.

    The story dangerously treads ground similar to the stories of the main human protagonists in "G 2000" and "G x M". However, here they're used in unique and different ways. The story of Akane, the main pilot of MG who messed up an early battle with Godzilla and got several fellow soldiers killed, is similar to the one of the main character from "G x M". But, instead of out for vengeance against G, Akane is out to find a reason to live and prove to herself she can do a good job. And Professor Yuhura and his daughter are much like the scientist and daughter of "G 2000", but don't follow G around. And those three characters interact in interesting ways. And most importantly, the story between them and for each one individually was strong and well acted, particularly Yumiko Shaku as Akane, who is great in this movie (and good looking too). The supporting characters, from the pilot who lost a brother to Akane's mistake, to the political leaders, do good jobs as well.

    The story is serious without being too grim (although that works really well in "GMK"), and I really felt for the characters. However, they really only started to come together at about the 45 minute mark, and could have used a little more closure. Nevertheless, the story and characters are strong, especially for a Godzilla movie, but don't quite match the drama of "GMK". Another interesting fact is that I actually felt for Mechag as a character! Knowing that his history is actually as the resurrected first Godzilla, forced to fight against one of his own, and eventually having something of a life and working with the distressed and determined Akane made all the cool moves, damage and things he does during the final battle make him that much cooler. He's also, I think, the best-looking Mechag to date: the personality of the first one (only not evil), plus the cool weapons of the second one to the tenth power!

    Also nice about the story is that it fleshes out the new world, what with talking about previous monster attacks, and giving the new "AM" division of the JSDF some history as to why they have maser weapons and the technology to develop something like Mechag.

    And speaking of which, the special effects are great. The suits and models move well, the missiles and masers are cool, and computer effects are used to enhance reality instead of contrast with the models. This is also the best incarnation of the Millennium G suit; it goes back to black and gray coloring, his fire is blue, and he's more mobile and shows more expression than ever. And of course, combine all this with great, cohesive effects, and you get a near-perfect final battle! This is one of the best, most knock-down, drag out monster fights of any Kaiju movie, ranking up there with "Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris" (but more gratuitous) and the final battles in "GMK", "Destroy All Monster" and "Godzilla vs. Hedorah" in my opinion. The great directing, cinematography, and special effects all combine to form one great fight.

    And finally, Godzilla himself is really good, but not great, in this movie (this will lead into the movie's faults). As said, the new version of the G Millennium suit is the best, although the eyes are a little too big. And it's nice that his colors are back to normal too. But, as many have said, G himself is little more than a MacGuffin, something the other characters react to in this one. I have to say, that while I do prefer it when G motivates the story, the coldness to him kind of works here, as it's like he's just an impersonal force of nature they're reacting to. However, that does somewhat reduce the story to nothing more than a reaction. Plus, the people don't react quite emphatically enough to the appearance of a new Godzilla: they don't even question where he came from!

    Also, during the first fight with MG and some battle scenes, G just stands there when he's getting hit by missiles and weapons like an empty suit! They fix this for the last battle, but it's still annoying. Also, the movie does falter a bit, as G is much weaker in this movie than he was at the tip top of evil-ness in "GMK".

    But, Godzilla is far from a pushover. He takes cheap shots at MG, tears up the town, and there are some beautiful shots of him in this movie that just capture the essence of what I love about Godzilla. To me, the best of these is when Godzilla has just attacked a squadron of planes, and he's walking towards the camera, smoke billowing behind him, and a piece of debris from a jet falls in front of him, hits the ground, explodes, and lights up beneath him. G looks so malevolent and powerful...man, it's gorgeous! And the movie is just filled with "Woah!" moments like that, like when Mechag flies in and slams into G.

    However, the movie owes a lot to "GMK" for some of that, because there are some scenes, such as the "night-vision" view of G from the tanks, or Godzilla attacking the airplanes, that are almost lifted straight out of "GMK", and are down with less impressive effects, and thus feel less powerful (although, in a nice addition, when G blows up the planes, he does it from far away, and you can see people scurrying in the foreground). Also, the ending is kind of sweet and sour, because while they do defeat Godzilla, he just kind of wanders off like he's tired of fighting. However, that does tell you just how powerful Mechag is!

    Finally, as many have asked, why do we need a new Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla when it's been less than ten years since the last one? I'm afraid they have a point, and Toho gets points deducted for not being original. However, this one is so much of an improvement over the previous ones, even without secondary monsters (including Rodan), that I'm willing to excuse a lack of originality in concept for originality and cool-ness in the final battle.

    All in all, "Godzilla x Mechagodzilla" is a more gratuitously destructive, "popcorn" movie than "GMK", and is easily the second best of the Millennium series. It's not perfect, or as dramatic as "GMK", but is to me the second best of the Millennium series, and possibly better than any of the Hesei. An enthusiastic 7/10!
  • Markmainwaring25 February 2006
    I saw this film recently. I used to be a big Godzilla fan but the newest one I saw was Godzilla vs King Gidorah from the 1980s so I didn't know what to expect.

    I saw the 1996 US film and hated it and had heard even worse things about the most recent Godzilla films but this one was great. The special effects were brilliant even though I know for the most part its a man in a suit it doesn't matter. It goes to show that every other country can do it better than Hollywood at the moment. Definitely amongst the best Godzilla films I have seen.

    Well worth a look. Every thing is great. From the special effects to the music. Even the performances are great.
  • A previous reviewers complained about the childish special effects for this film.

    Duh, this is a GODZILLA movie, guy; the core audience for this series (and I proudly count myself among them) EXPECT childish special effects; the series the makers of these films know perfectly well that they are making grandiose film versions of childhood day-dreams for people who still cherish that moment of their lives.

    In one of my earliest memories - I think I was about four years old indeed - I suddenly became aware one day that if I just started to climb a tree wearing nothing but my underpants, I might actually be mistaken for Tarzan. I immediately stripped to my underwear, climbed a tree, and began shouting down to my mom "me Tarzan!" - after which she gave me a pretty good paddling, since this was apparently inappropriate behavior in a public park. But, see, if I were Godzilla, I could mash up my Mecha-mom and blast Tokyo Park to ruins - well, you get the idea.

    Look, if you don't like Godzilla movies, then stay away from them, they aren't meant for you. But I find them to my liking.

    This film is one of the best written and composed of the last phase of the Godzilla series - the pace is excellent, the dialog is kept to essentials, the monster mash at the end is among the best of the whole series, and the characters of the humans are generally more agreeable than usual, without getting deeper than a Godzilla audience can tolerate.

    Above par entry for the Big Green Guy.
  • After the terrific, thrilling Godzilla Vs Megeguirus and the interesting but very muddled [and extremely over rated!]Godzilla,Mothra,King Ghidorah,Monster's All Out Attack,this latest version of Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla falls between the two.It's disappointing that Toho decided to remake this yet again only ten years after the last version,and there is indeed a distinct lack of originality in this one,which in some ways like an early 60s period Godzilla film with better special effects. However,director Masaaki Tezuka [who also directed Godzilla Vs Megagiurus],unlike Shuseke Kaneko,has respect for Godzilla and Godzilla fans and just sets out to create a fun,unpretentious Godzilla film,and there's nothing wrong with that.

    The plot is of little interest,but does bring back some of the themes [artificial life vs real life,for example] of the 1993 Godzilla Vs Mehagodzilla,small surprise as it has the same writer. Godzilla seems even more characterless and lethargic than usual for the Millenium series here,but the latest incarnation of Mechagodzilla looks by far the best. Tezuka provides some terrific shots and camera angles for the two monsters,especially in the great scene where an out of control Mechagodzilla goes on the rampage,and the final battle,lively,exciting and funny but not overly so, proves again he is the best director of monster battles since Inoshiro Honda. Toho almost appears to have sorted out their CGI,too,with some impressive effects both traditional and computerised. Amidst all this the human drama is quite touching even if,as is often the case,it's just filler inbetween the monster scenes.

    Fun,fast and furious,Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla is Godzilla done by the book,and that's just fine and dandy.
  • Yes, they do it again. Rather than make a series of movies that are interconnected they instead reinvent Godzilla yet again. This time though it is done much better than the previous three movies. This time a new Godzilla arrives to wreck Japan. The army sends out their monster killers, but their weapons are useless against this new Godzilla monster. This group was created after the first Godzilla attack in 1954 and was destroyed by the oxygen destroying device. This group apparently destroyed Mothra (though anyone who has seen that movie knows this was not the case) and some dumb looking monster I had never seen before. The new Godzilla however is to powerful. So they use the skeleton of the old Godzilla of 54 and make a MechaGodzilla weapon they call Kiyru. MechaGodzilla is my favorite of Godzilla's adversaries so I really enjoyed this movie. There are some good fights in this one, though I do wish Godzilla got in some more hits. Though there is this one cool scene where Godzilla kicks MechaGodzilla through a building. Also in this one you are supposed to be pulling for the robot, but I always find myself pulling for Godzilla to win. I will not tell you the end, but it did suggest a sequel and I do believe there is one. Which will be a nice change of pace rather than reinventing Godzilla yet another time.
  • Godzilla X Mechagodzilla is based on the recreation of mechagodzilla only this time by using the bones of the 1954 Godzilla. While the idea was great the action could have been a lot more intense. My imagination didn't run to wild on this one as compared to the others. The fact of Godzilla's roar malfunctioning Mecha G system was in fact a nice little extra. I feel that Godzilla didn't get to do much damage in this film as he did in the previous ones, and me being a true fan says a lot about this one.

    Here is one thing that bothered me. This is Kiryu (Mechagodzilla 3), well it should have been mechagodzilla 4. First Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla we all know that one. Next was Terror of Mechagodzilla in which he was rebuilt only this time equipped with ballistic missiles. Third was Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla in 1994 in which he got the chance to kick the crap out of Rodan, and now this one. While Mechagodzilla has cool weapons the thought of them not being that effective took me for a spin. The new adjustments to Godzilla's suit are OK but that doesn't get in the way of anything this is still a pretty good movie. Sci-fi fans and deep deep Godzilla fans, should all have a look at the one. It's not the best but it is still a good one for the records. I give it a 7.9/10.
  • dr_foreman22 January 2004
    After the giddy heights of "GMK," the Godzilla series returns to pleasant mediocrity with this strangely "Top Gun"-like entry. Godzilla himself has a very minimal role; most of the film deals with the construction of new version of Mechagodzilla, who looks rather like a glorified Transformer. The battle scenes are pretty cool (especially the missiles!), but as another reviewer observed, Godzilla is motionless in several shots and looks either like a big action figure or, during one especially embarrassing moment, a cardboard cutout (for the curious, it's when he blows up one of the jets). Still, I liked the heroine and the fun flashbacks to the old Godzilla, so on balance I'd have to say this is above-average for the series. I just don't understand fans who tout this as a "return" to the classic Godzilla after the controversial GMK - a return to cheesiness, you mean?
  • phanthinga11 June 2019
    After seeing King Ghidorah on screen for the first time in my life with Godzilla: King of the Monster I really want to see the Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla one of the most iconic kaiju of the Monsterverse before it got the Hollywood CGI treatment so I pick Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla from 2002 and it a lot of fun. The fact that this movie is somehow a direct sequel to the very first installment and The G-man himself is the villain doesn't bother me because MechaGodzilla code mane Kiryu is one hell of a fighter when he pulls out a decent fight with big G and quite a looker for a rubber/plastic suit. The human drama one again bored me but the likableness of the main character Akane I don't really mind seeing her again in Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003) the sequel make 1 year later
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