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International Title
Godzilla: Final Wars
Japanese Title
 ゴジラ ファイナルウォーズ
 [Gojira: Fainaru Wozu]
Production: Toho
Distributor: Toho Japan: 2004
  Time: 125 minutes
 
Initial US Title
 Godzilla: Final Wars
US Distributor: Sony Pictures (2005) Time: 125 minutes
Alternate Movie Titles:
Great Monster War [Literal Translation]
Godzilla vs. Monster Zero [US Home Video Title]
The Monsters Invade Earth [Spanish Title]
Great Monster War: King Ghidorah vs. Godzilla [Japan Reissue Title]
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Details
In the past, Godzilla battles the warship Gotengo until the King of the Monsters is buried in the ice caps of Antarctica. In the present, humanity has decided to halt all wars to battle the hordes of kaiju infesting the planet. This leads to the creation of the Earth Defense Force (EDF). The group builds giant warships and also uses a team of genetically altered humanoid mutants to battle the kaiju. While they have some success, soon monsters emerge all over the world at the same time. Rodan, Anguirus, King Caesar, Kumonga, Kamacuras, Ebirah, Zilla and Hedorah all appear in different countries. Their assaults are interrupted as the monsters mysteriously disappear. This is followed from the appearance of a group of aliens called the Xiliens. They take credit for dispatching the monsters, and reveal that they need Earth's help. The aliens need to stop Gorath, a giant star on a collision course with Earth. Not all is what it seems from the aliens' intent, however...

Staff
Directed by Ryuhei Kitamura
Writing credits Isao Kiriyama, Ryuhei Kitamura, Wataru Mimura, Shogo Tomiyama
Produced by Shogo Tomiyama
Music by Keith Emerson, Daisuke Yano, Nobuhiko Morin, SUM 41
Stock Music by Akira Ifukube, Masaru Sato
Cinematography by Takumi Furuya, Fujio Okawa
Production Design by Deborah Riley
Assistant Director Yasuhiro Matsuda, Takayuki Mizuno, Hideaki Murakami
Director of Special Effects Eiichi Asada
Cast
Shin'ichi Ozaki, Earth Defense Force Soldier Masahiro Matsuoka
Miyuki Otonashi, UN Molecular Biologist Rei Kikukawa
Xilien, 2nd in Command Kazuki Kitamura
Douglas Gordon, Captain of the Gotengo Don Frye
Naotaro Daigo, UN Secretary General Akira Takarada
Kazama, Earth Defense Force Soldier Kane Kosugi
Anna Otonashi, Newscaster Maki Mizuno
Komuro, Major Jun Kunimura
Kumasaka, Earth Defense Force Instructor Masakatsu Funaki
Shobijin Masami Nagasawa, Chihiro Otsuka
Hachiro Jinguji, Paleontologist Kenji Sahara
Akiko Namikawa, Earth Defense Force Commander Kumi Mizuno
Xilien Leader Masatoh Eve
New York Cop Mick Preston
Earth Defense Force Soldiers Shinji Suzuki, Jonathan Legg
Gotengo Crew Members Yasuhiro Takeuchi, Kazuhito Ohba
Captain of the first Gotengo Akira Nakao
Deputy Captain of the first Gotengo Koichi Ueda
Failed Assassin Shiro Sano
Karyu Captain Ko Takasugi
Eclair Captain
Shelley Sweeney
Xilien Kanae Uotani, Tak Sakaguchi, Reika Kirishima, Hiroko Akune
Monster Appearances Aliens, SDF, Misc
Godzilla, Mothra, Keizer Ghidorah, Gigan, Rodan, Anguirus, King Caesar, Ebirah, Minilla, Zilla, Kamacuras, Kumonga, Manda, Hedorah, Varan (stock footage), Baragon (stock footage), Gaira (stock footage), Gezora (stock footage), Titanosaurus (stock footage), Megaguirus (stock footage), Mechagodzilla (stock footage), Godzilla Junior (stock footage) Xilien, Gotengo, Mutants, Shobijin, Karyu, Rumbling, Eclair, Mothership, Xilien UFO α / ß / γ, Xilien Small Fighter UFO, Dogfighter, Type 90 Tank, Type 90 Maser Cannon, MBT 92 (stock footage)

Posters

Box Office

Release Date: December 4th, 2004 (Japan)
Budget: ¥2,000,000,000 / $19,500,000 (Rough Figure)
Opening Weekend: $1,874,559 (Japan, 285 Theaters)
Attendance: 1,000,000 (Japan)
Total: ¥1,260,000,000 / $12,000,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)


Toho Stock Footage

DVDs and Blu-Ray
Region 1 Godzilla: Final Wars Sony Pictures (2005)
Region 2 Godzilla: Final Wars Toho (2005)
Region 2 Godzilla: Final Wars - Special Edition Toho (2005)
Region 4 Godzilla: Final Wars Madman (2006)
Blu-Ray Godzilla: Final Wars Toho (2009)
Blu-Ray Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S./Godzilla: Final Wars Sony (2014)

CD Soundtracks


Concept Art

Reviews
Anthony Romero
December 1, 2004
Guy Tucker
September 12, 2005
Miles Imhoff
January 17, 2006
J.L. Carrozza
May 5, 2006