Godzilla vs. Hedorah [2021 Short]

Godzilla vs. Hedorah [2021 Short]


Japanese Title

ゴジラ vs ヘドラ
[Gojira vs Hedora]


Online Short
November 3rd, 2021
November 3rd, 2021

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Toho has started a tradition of making more and more notable efforts around "Godzilla Day", a self-proclaimed day by the company that aligns with the anniversary of Godzilla (1954).

For 2021, the company announced via a trailer that they were doing a Godzilla vs. Hedorah short film for that year's Godzilla Day. Directed by Kazuhiro Nakagawa, assistant director on Shin Godzilla (2016), the short would feature the suits from Godzilla: Final Wars (2004). This gave fans both their first real look at the two "Millennium" characters battling, as infamously Hedorah's role was very short in the 2004 movie, and as a way to celebrate Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971), which was having its 50th anniversary.

The five minute short film was released online on November 3rd, 2021.


Background and Trivia

  • Suit actors for the short were Naoya Matsumoto as Godzilla and Hikaru Yoshida as Hedorah.
  • A very brief behind the scenes video was released on November 1st, 2021:

  • The short features a variety of music from past Godzilla productions. This includes music from composers: Riichiro Manabe from Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971), Akira Ifukube from what is believed to be Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) and Keith Emerson from Godzilla: Final Wars (2004).
  • Although Godzilla and Hedorah appear in the short sporting their looks from Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), the characters share no continuity with their interpretations there.
  • Below is the trailer for the short, which was released on October 20th, 2021:

    The trailer is an homage to the Heisei series, using music from Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) while having titles that match those of the Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) trailer.