Friday, September 08, 2023

Godzilla Minus One

The first Godzilla film in 1954 showed us a giant monster created by atomic radiation from Hiroshima and Nagasaki who mindlessly stomps on Tokyo. The series of films that followed gradually turned Godzilla into a hero of sorts, who protects Tokyo from other, more nefarious monsters. Or else turns him into a sympathetic endangered species who can't help his destructive habits. The newest Godzilla film turns the clock back to the monster's postwar origins with 21st-century visual effects.   

Godzilla Minus One is Toho Studios' 33rd Godzilla film, and the 37th overall. In this movie, Godzilla is neither a hero nor a villain, but a purely terrifying walking disaster who's very existence threatens a traumatized and diminished society. Set in the late 1940s, when Japan was a defeated world power held under American rule, Godzilla attacks a nation that has been reduced to zero and makes things worse, hence the title. Godzilla Minus One is written and directed by Takashi Yamazaki, who is also credited with the film's visual effects. The movie opens in the US on December first. (via Metafilter)  

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