Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla

Japan Release: 1994
Running Time:
108 minutes

Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla


Japanese Title

ゴジラ VS スペースゴジラ
[Gojira vs. Supesugojira]

Distributor: Production:

Toho
Toho

An extraterrestrial being resembling Godzilla is quickly approaching Earth. Moguera, a new super mech created by G-Force, is dispatched to outer space to confront it. Using a wide array of powers, the mysterious kaiju defeats the robot and continues its journey to planet Earth. The alien creature, dubbed SpaceGodzilla, ends up landing on Birth Island, attacking the child monster Little Godzilla. It's not long until the King of the Monsters arrives to defend the smaller Godzilla, but is beaten back by the alien creature. SpaceGodzilla then heads off for Fukuoka, locking in on the city's tower. Meanwhile, Mogeura is repaired for battle and Godzilla heads toward the Japanese mainland after his extraterrestrial adversary...

Live Action Science Fiction Kaiju Godzilla

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

Titles

International Title

Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla

Initial US Title

Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
US Distributor: Tristar (1999) / Time: 106 Minutes

Alternate Titles

Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
[Literal translation]

 


Monsters

Biollante
Biollante (Stock Footage)
Battra
Battra (Stock Footage)



Aliens, SDF & Misc.

UH-1B Huey
UH-1B Huey(stock footage)
MBT-92
MBT-92 (cut scene)
MBAW-93
MBAW-93 (cut scene)
ASTOL-MB93
ASTOL-MB93 (cut scene)



Staff

Cast

Directed by Kensho Yamashita
Writing credits Hiroshi Kashiwabara
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka, Shogo Tomiyama
Music by Takayuki Hattori, Isao Shigetoh
Stock Music by Akira Ifukube
Cinematography by Masahiro Kishimoto, Kenichi Eguchi
Film Editing by Miho Yoneda
Production Design by Ken Sakai
Director of Special Effects Koichi Kawakita
Assitant Director of Special Effects Kenji Suzuki
Miki Saegusa Megumi Odaka
Koji Shinjo, Lieutenant Jun Hashizume
Kiyoshi Sato, Lieutenant Zenkichi Yoneyama
Akira Yuki, Major Akira Emoto
Chinatsu Gondo Towako Kimijima
Susumu Okubo, Doctor Yosuke Saito
Takayuki Segawa, Minister Kenji Sahara
Takaki Aso, Commander Akira Nakao
Hyodo, Commander Koichi Ueda
Cosmos Sayaka Osawa, Keiko Imamura
Alexander Mammilov, Professor Ronald Hoerr
McKay, Yokuza Boss Tom Duran

Posters


Box Office

Release Date: December 10th, 1994 (Japan)
Budget: ¥1,000,000,000 / $10,300,000 (Rough Figure)
Attendance: 3,400,000 (Japan)
Distribution Earning: ¥1,650,000,000 / $20,000,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)

Toho Stock Footage



DVDs and Blu-rays

United States DVD Region 1 Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla/Godzilla vs. Destoroyah Tristar (2000) Order
Japan DVD Region 2 Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla Toho (2002)
Japan DVD Region 4 Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla Madman (2007)
Japan Blu-Ray Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla Toho (2010)
United States Blu-Ray Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II/Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla Sony (2014) Order

CD Soundtracks

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Background and Trivia

  • Toho submitted the film to the US copyright office on February 20th, 1996 with the registration number of PA0000782264. The movie was submitted under its international title, Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla. No alternate titles were listed for it.
  • The Birth Island scenes were filmed on Okinoerabu-Shima Island, an area known for its typhoons; and the Birth Island scenes were filmed during typhoon season. Much to the surprise of the staff, they didn't experience any big storms during their two-week location shoot. However, just before the cast could fly back to mainland Japan, a massive typhoon hit the island, grounding all air traffic. Instead of waiting for the storm to pass, the actors were forced to take a ferry, for they could not delay shooting at the studio. Cited in Fangoria #145, published in 1995.
  • Composer Akira Ifukube was approached with scoring the movie. However, he declined to work on the film after looking at the script, which he described, reluctantly, as "it wasn't right". He elaborated that the love story and components involving Yuki using a crossbow [ended up being an assault rifle] to try and fight Godzilla were "ridiculous" and "felt so sad and embarrassing". This account is noted in G-Fan #41, published in 1999.
  • Director Kensho Yamashita had high praise for actor Akira Emoto, who played Major Akira Yuki in the movie. He commended his range and noted "He loves to do action movies." Mentioned in Fangoria #145, published in 1995.
  • Preparation work for Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla was done in tandem with the shooting of Yamato Takeru (1994). This was noted by artist Minoru Yoshida in an interview found in Tokusatsu Hiho Vol. 6 (ISBN: 4800312493).

Concept Art


Cut Scenes

Godzilla Inspects the Crystal Prison

Godzilla Inspects the Crystal Prison

After Little Godzilla is imprisoned by SpaceGodzilla on Birth Island, the King of the Monsters ventures over to witness the fate of his offspring.

Background:
As seen in the film, Godzilla appears to abruptly leave Birth Island in hot pursuit of SpaceGodzilla after Little Godzilla is sealed inside the crystals. Production stills, however, show of a sequence of the nuclear leviathan looking over what happend to the smaller Godzilla.

 
War at Sea

War at Sea

As Godzilla approached the mainland of Japan, the JSDF initiated a defensive strike. Lacing the bay with subs, battleships and attack helicopters, the nation sought to protect itself. However, the King of the Monsters easily breached the defense line, landing in Japan.

Background:
Stock footage was used during the entire sea battle that made it into the final cut; however, there was an entire segment filmed with new props and models for this conflict. Unfortunately, filming didn't go as planned, and several effects were noticeably off. Special effects director Koichi Kawakita wanted to re-shoot the scene, but there wasn't enough time left in the production schedule, so stock footage had to be used as a quick substitute.

 
Star Falcon in Space

Star Falcon in Space

The Star Falcon, one of Moguera's halves, is seen flying high above the Earth's atmosphere.

Background:
A very brief scene that just shows the Star Falcon flying in outer space, with Earth in the distance. It's unknown where the scene would have originally fit into the movie, or if it was intended for promotions but went unused.


Reviews

Anthony Romero Star Rating
February 6, 2003