Godzilla vs. Biollante

Japan Release: 1989
Running Time:
104 minutes

Godzilla vs. Biollante

Japanese Title

ゴジラ VS ビオランテ
[Gojira vs Biorante]

Distributor: Production:


Godzilla cells left from his attack in the mid-1980's create a miniature arms race to secure them, involving Japan, US interests and Saradia. Eventually, due to conflicts, the samples are destroyed except one remaining in Japan at the Okouchi foundation. As the country and self-defense forces eye countermeasures should Godzilla appear again, including both ESP and Super-X2 programs, they begin to research Anti-Nuclear Energy Bacteria (ANEB). However, the ANEB requires a Godzilla cell, allowing an opportunity for doctor Genichiro Shiragami to become involved, a man devoted to his fallen daughter, who experiments on the cells in unpermitted ways... creating a new mutation in the process.

Live Action Science Fiction Kaiju Godzilla

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


International Title

Godzilla vs. Biollante

Initial US Title

Godzilla vs. Biollante
US Distributor: Miramax (1992) / Time: 104 Minutes

Alternate Titles

Godzilla 1990

Godzilla, the Ancient Giant


Aliens, SDF & Misc.

Hyper Laser Cannon (stock footage)



Directed by Kazuki Omori
Writing credits Kazuki Omori, Shinichiro Kobayashi
Produced by Shogo Tomiyama
Executive Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka
Music by Koichi Sugiyama, Yuki Saito
Stock Music by Akira Ifukube
Cinematography by Yudai Kato, Kenichi Eguchi
Film Editing by Michiko Ikeda
Production Design by Juichi Ikuno, Shigekazu Ikuno, Tetsuzo Osawa
Assistant Director Kazuhiko Fukami, Hideyuki Inoue, Hiroshi Kubo
Director of Special Effects Koichi Kawakita
Kazuhito Kirishima Kunihiko Mitamura
Asuka Okouchi Yoshiko Tanaka
Sho Kuroki, Major Masanobu Takashima
Miki Saegusa Megumi Odaka
Goro Gondo, Lieutenant Toru Minegishi
Genichiro Shiragami, Doctor Koji Takahashi
Seiichi Yamamoto, Director Toshiyuki Nagashima
Seikun Okouchi, Azuka's Father Ryunosuke Kaneda
Super-X2 Coordinator Kazuma Matsubara
Prime Minister's Aide Yasunori Yuge
Keiko Owada, Prime Minister's Representative Yoshiko Kuga
Erika Shiragami Yasuko Sawaguchi
SSS9 Brien Uhl
Hyodo, General Koichi Ueda
Super-X2 Controller Kosuke Toyohara
TV reporter Haruko Sagara
Soldier Katsuhiko Sasaki
Helicopter Onlooker Hirohisa Nakata
Officer Kenzo Hagiwara
John Lee, BioMajor Spy Kurt Cramer
Michael Low, Biomajor Spy Derrick Holmes
English Reporter Beth Blatt
Demon Kogure Demon Kogure
Saradia Scientist Abdallah Helal
Saradia Plant Director Manjot Beoi


Box Office

Release Date: December 16th, 1989 (Japan)
Budget: ¥700,000,000 / $5,000,000 (Rough Figure)
Attendance: 2,000,000 (Japan)
Distribution Earning: ¥1,040,000,000 / $7,000,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)

Toho Stock Footage

DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 Godzilla vs. Biollante Echo Bridge (2012) Order
United States Region 1 Godzilla vs. Biollante Lions Gate (2014) Order
Japan Region 2 Godzilla vs. Biollante Toho (2002)
Hong Kong Region 3 Godzilla vs. Biollante Universe (2006)
Japan Blu-Ray Godzilla vs. Biollante Toho (2009)
United States Blu-Ray Godzilla vs. Biollante Echo Bridge (2012) Order
United States Blu-Ray Godzilla vs. Biollante Lions Gate (2014) Order

CD Soundtracks


Background and Trivia

  • This is the second film in the Heisei Godzilla series, which ran for a total of 11 years, starting with The Return of Godzilla (1984) and ending with Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995). Despite being the second movie in the series, it is technically the first Godzilla movie to be filmed in the Heisei era. The Return of Godzilla (1984) was actually filmed in the Showa era, as the Heisei era didn't start until January of 1989.
  • Shooting for the movie started in August and wrapped in November, a month before its December release in Japan. This detail is noted on the Making of Godzilla vs. Biollante VHS tape.
  • The movie is a direct sequel to The Return of Godzilla (1984), though the design of Godzilla was changed fairly heavily between movies.
  • Toho submitted the film to the US copyright office on April 17th, 1990 with the registration number PA0000465312. The movie was submitted under its international title, Godzilla vs. Biollante. Unlike many other Toho claims, the film was not submitted with a romanization of its Japanese title. The filing was followed on March 9th, 1993 with a submission from Toho and Miramax, registration number V2878P010. This later claim states a retroactive copyright filing between them that occurred on February 28th, 1992. On February 24th, 1994 yet another claim was submitted, under registration number V2967P058, which included Toho, Miramax and HBO. A large number of claims, a total of 15, were also submitted between December 12th, 2010 and October 17th, 2014, starting with registration number V3597D642. These later claims track the movie during the sale of Miramax and its film library by Disney while the more recent claims denote an agreement for distribution between Miramax and Lions Gate.
  • Composer Hiroshi Miyagawa, who did work on Las Vegas Free-For-All (1968) and other Toho films, was originally considered as a composer for the movie. However, he turned out to be unavailable for the project and Koichi Sugiyama was eventually selected instead. This information is found in the 1997 book Age of the Gods (self-published).
  • Despite being a fan-favorite among modern Japanese audiences, its initial theatrical release did poorly. This low reception would end up having a ripple effect on the remainder of the series, as various ambitious projects with original monsters would be axed or reworked in order to feature popular classic monsters, such as King Ghidorah and Mothra.
  • A contest was held by Toho to decide the story of the sequel to The Return of Godzilla (1984). Five finalists were chosen, with their entries being submitted to Kazuki Omori. Ultimately, dentist Shinichiro Kobayashi's entry won, though the script would end up seeing numerous revisions, with one of the more popular unused drafts being Godzilla 2: Godzilla vs. Biollante featuring the rat-fish hybrid monster Deutalios and a four-jawed Biollante.
  • Kaoru Saito, who managed special effects lighting, had the idea to incorporate reflectors above the big pool in the Toho lot. These reflected light onto the water, giving the water's surface a more expansive feel and hiding the fact that it was a pool. This account is mentioned on the Making of Godzilla vs. Biollante VHS tape.
  • Godzilla vs. Biollante was the first movie in Japan to shoot 70mm optical compositing using a 35mm8p camera. 70mm film was used in this manner to reduce grain during the composition of effects shots. The results of this blending with low grain can be seen in sequences like the pan up from the news crew around Lake Ashinoko to Biollante in its rose form. This is mentioned in the Making of Godzilla vs. Biollante VHS tape.

Concept Art


Anthony Romero Star Rating
October 16, 2005