Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla

Japan Release: 2002
Running Time:
88 minutes

Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla


Japanese Title

ゴジラ×メカゴジラ
[Gojira X Mekagojira]

Distributor: Production:

Toho
Toho

In 1999, a typhoon strikes Tateyama, Japan. During the storm, Godzilla emerges again to terrorize Japan. To counter the beast, the Type 90 Maser Tank is deployed. The weapon, however, prove ineffective at halting Godzilla. During the conflict, maser operator Akane Yashiro inadvertently slams into a jeep carrying her comrades. This causes the vehicle to land in Godzilla's path, who crushes it. The next day, after Godzilla has left the Japan mainland, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Science and Technology, Hayato Igarashi, discuss the situation. They realize that the maser tanks, which proved effective against earlier kaiju like Gaira, are not the answer. Consequently, Igarashi proposes building a giant robot out of the bones of the original Godzilla. To accomplish this, he assembles the top minds in Japan, including doctor Tokumitsu Yuhara. Four years later, the robot, known as Kiryu, is complete. It functions through DNA computers created by Yuhara. The giant machine is also equipped with the Absolute Zero Cannon, which freezes a target. Akane, who had been outcast after the incident in 1999, is asked to join the Kiryu Squadron. During a press conference, though, Godzilla suddenly appears in Japan. Kiryu is launched to the battlefield, but its initial attacks have little effect on Godzilla. Before Akane can fire the Absolute Zero Cannon, though, a roar from Godzilla roars sets off memories deep in Kiryu's bone cells from 1954...

Live Action Science Fiction Kaiju Godzilla

Box Office - Stock Footage - DVDs - CDs - Pictures - Background - Concept Art - Cut Scenes - Reviews

Titles

International Title

Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla

Initial US Title

Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
US Distributor: Tristar (2004) / Time: 88 Minutes

Alternate Titles

Godzilla X Mechagodzilla
[Literal translation]

GXMG
[Abbreviation]


Monsters

Mothra (Stock Footage)
Gaira (Stock Footage)



Aliens, SDF & Misc.

Type 82 Command Vehicle
Type 96 APC
Oxygen Destroyer (Stock Footage)
Atomic Heat Ray (Stock Footage)
Type 66 Maser Cannon(Stock Footage)



Staff

Cast

Directed by Masaaki Tezuka
Writing credits Wataru Mimura
Produced by Shogo Tomiyama
Executive Producer Takahide Morichi
Music by Michiru Oshima
Cinematography by Masahiro Kishimoto
Film Editing by Shinichi Natori, Shinichi Fushima
Production Design by Toshio Miike, Yukiharu Seshita
Assistant Director Atsushi Kaneshige, Hiroshi Okamoto, Kei Hirota
Director of Special Effects Yuichi Kikuchi
Akane Yashiro Yumiko Shaku
Tokumitsu Yuhara Shin Takuma
Sara Yuhara, Tokumitsu's daughter Kana Onodera
Togashi, JSDF Lieutenant Koh Takasugi
Hayato Igarashi, Prime Minister (2003) Akira Nakao
Susumu Hayama, JSDF 2nd Lieutenant Yusuke Tomoi
Sekine, JSDF 1st Lieutenant Jun'ichi Mizuno
Machiko Tsuge, Prime Minister (1999) Kumi Mizuno
Hishinuma Yoshikazu Kanou
Hitoyanagi, JSDF Chief Takeo Nakahara
Dobashi Koichi Ueda
Kaori Yamada Midori Hagio
Shinji Akamatsu Akira Shirai
Goro Kanno, Doctor Naomasa Rokudaira
Hayama, Deceased JSDF 1st Lieutenant Shinji Morisue
Tsujimori, Nurse Misato Tanaka
Hideki Matsui Hideki Matsui
Pedestrian Takehiro Murata
Type 90 Maser Cannon Pilots Kenji Suzuki, Tsutomu Kitagawa, Hirofumi Ishigaki

Posters



Box Office

Release Date: December 14th, 2002 (Japan)
Budget: ¥1,000,000,000 / $8,500,000 (Rough Figure)
Opening Weekend: $2,253,231 (Japan, 267 Theaters)
Attendance: 1,700,000 (Japan)
Total: ¥1,910,000,000 / $16,000,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)

Toho Stock Footage



DVDs and Blu-rays

Region 1 Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla Tristar (2004)
Region 2 Godzilla X Mechagodzilla Toho (2003)
Region 3 Godzilla X Mechagodzilla Universe Laser (2003)
Region 4 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla Madman (2004)
Blu-Ray Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack / Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla Sony (2014)
Blu-Ray Godzilla X Mechagodzilla Toho (2014)  

CD Soundtracks

Compilations

Background and Trivia

  • The role of the 1999 prime minister, Tsuge, was originally male in the screenplay. It was changed to female after actress Kumi Mizuno was cast in the production. This fact is published in the 2012 book Toho Special Effects Movies: Complete Works (ISBN: 9784864910132).
  • Kiryu's hanger from the movie was later reused in the television show The Gransazers (2003) as the hanger for Type-05 GS Assist Robot Youhi.

Concept Art



Reviews

Miles Imhoff
February 19, 2006