Godzilla 2000 (1999)

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“Godzilla is inside all of us!”

While the American “Godzilla” was financially successful in Japan, the overwhelming view was that the monster portrayed was far too dissimilar to the original.  It just wasn’t Godzilla, and the Japanese began to feel nostalgic for their beast.  Toho decided to capitalize on these feelings and brought Godzilla out of retirement early to begin what is often referred to as the “Millenium” series (named for the Japanese title of this movie, “Godzilla 2000: Millenium”).  Each entry in the Millenium series stands by itself and does not continue from the previous movie (barring the two Mechagodzilla movies).  Typically, each movie will begin with a montage that states what the history of this particular timeline is concerning Godzilla.  The movies also use more computer effects than before and tend to include women in starring action roles.  This first movie was a real attempt to bring Godzilla back to his roots, and even featured a monster from outer space as the villain.

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Godzilla has been a regular sight in Japan since he first appeared in 1954.  Several agencies pop up in an attempt to study and understand the creature.  One such agency is the Godzilla Protection Unit, comprised solely of Yuji Shinoda and his daughter, Io.  The duo, along with reporter Yuki Ichinose, are studying Godzilla’s most recent rampage, and Yuji is rewarded by finding a sample of Godzilla’s blood, which he takes back to study.  Meanwhile, the Crisis Control Intelligence (CCI), headed by Shinoda’s rival Katagiri, find a piece of rock on the ocean floor that rises to the surface on its own.  The rock is following the sun, and is revealed to be a UFO that heads off to fight Godzilla to a standstill.  Katagiri is intrigued by the Godzilla sample, and study reveals that Godzilla’s wounds can heal themselves due to the unusual regeneration properties caused by new particles which Shinoda names “Regenerator G-1” (Organizer G-1 in Japan).  The UFO reappears in the city and begins downloading all information about Godzilla that it can.

Eventually, the UFO broadcasts its intentions to absorb Regenerator G-1 cells from Godzilla so they can become powerful and take over the Earth.  Godzilla battles the UFO but it manages to grab him and absorbs some of Regenerator G-1.  Godzilla destroys the UFO but the aliens inside have created a new form for themselves.  As they admire their new form, they are unable to control Regenerator G-1 and their form mutates into the feral “Orga”  Godzilla and Orga battle, with Godzilla unable to make any lasting damage as Orga keeps regenerating damage.  Finally, Orga unhinges its mouth to swallow Godzilla, who runs in and destroys Orga from the inside.  The human characters wax philosophical as Godzilla destroys a huge portion of the city.

“Godzilla 2000” was a very obvious attempt to appeal to the fans of the Japanese Godzilla.  The original poster had portions of Godzilla that form the Japanese Islands.  There are also many scenes that seem to reference the 1998 movie, including: a swarm of helicopters rising from seemingly nowhere, a chase through a car tunnel, a protagonist standing in Godzilla’s footprint, and Godzilla’s arrival heralded by him creating a sea swell as he appears in the bay.  His design is also updated to be green and “spikier”  Unfortunately, all this throwback means that “Godzilla 2000” is very by-the-book, and it fails somewhat to distinguish itself.  Orga is a passable monster, but not particularly memorable.  This movie was shown in American theaters a year after its release in Japan, and a whole new dub was created and the movie re-edited.  Each change was approved by the original director, and many who have seen both the Japanese and American versions claim the American version is better due to streamlining and a tighter pace.  The movie was only mildly successful in Japan, but it was successful enough to try again a year later…

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Godzilla doesn’t use his nuclear breath much in the movie since the director wanted to make it “special”.

The original American version included a large question mark next to the words “The Ends”  This was cut from every American print after the movie went to video.

Yes, the page quote is in the movie.  American and Japanese.

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~ by Chris on May 14, 2014.

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