(Gojira Tai Desutoroiâ, 1995)
Directed by: Takao Okawara
Written by: Kazuki Ohmori
Starrring: Takurô Tatsumi, Yôko Ishino, Yasufumi Hayashi, Megumi Odaka, Kenpachiro Satsuma, Ryo Hariya, Hurricane Ryu Hariken.
Synopsis: After an incident on Birth Island, Godzilla's heart begins to meltdown causing him to go in to great fits of destruction. With Godzilla as a walking, ticking nuclear bomb, a new creature Destroyah has evolved, thanks to the Oxygen Destroyer, and starts causing chaos in Japan.
We have come to the end of an era. The new continuity of the Heisi era in GODZILLA VS. DESTROYAH is one of the most melancholy kaiju movies I have ever seen. This truly feels like the end of an era, and director Takao Okawara definitely went out of his way to show you that he was wrapping up a decades long story of a character both loved and maligned. As a closing chapter, it works better than TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA and dare I say, it got a little misty in this particular movie.
The movie starts off with a tragedy occurring at
where Godzilla and Baby Godzilla
have gone missing after some sort of accident. This has caused Godzilla to
become glowing orange full of radioactivity. He is steaming constantly, his
atomic breath is now red-hot, and his eyes now have a permanent manic look in
them. It turns out that whatever accident occurred on Birth Island
caused Godzilla’s internal nuclear heart to start melting down. The movie opens
up with the poor guy destroying a city in a desperate attempt at relief. Birth Island
In a rather clever way of tying this movie to the mythology of the original, Dr. Serizawa’s infamous invention, the Oxygen Destroyer, is brought back as a potential way of destroying Godzilla again. In addition, there is a neat cameo of original GOJIRA actress, Moko Kochi, who once again plays Emiko Yamane 40 years later and warns us of the unforeseen consequences of using the Destroyer. And finally, one of the main characters, Kenichi Yamane, is the grandson of Dr. Kyohei Yamane, and he’s also a huge dick in the movie. In addition, Miki Saegusa, the biggest connecting thread in all of the Heisi movies and who has now ascended to be the director of the psychic division of the G-force continuing with the finality of the movie, spends most of her time with her-soon-to-be-replacement, Meru Ozawa. With all of these ties to the original and with the ending, it seemed that the intent of screenwriter Kazuki Ohmori was to show the unforeseen consequences of our actions and the passing of a torch and thanks to the human aspect of the film. It succeeds exquisitely as much as a kaiju movie can.
Moving onto Godzilla Jr., it’s important to note that this is a completely new design and suit, and I quite enjoyed seeing the evolution of the Baby Godzilla to Junior. His design is not one of the flashiest in the series by any means, but I personally love how it very subtly works as a "teenager" version of Godzilla, and it is one of my favorite designs in the entire franchise.
By the time we get to the climactic battle we come to see that Godzilla's meltdown could be so big that this would destroy all of
in a nuclear holocaust. The G-force uses the Super X3, a new powerful ship,
that comes equipped with cryolasers to help cool Godzilla down and prevent the
worst type of meltdown. While it's completely heartbreaking seeing Godzilla in
such pain that he's steaming, I found his behavior towards Godzilla Junior
rather endearing. When G. Jr. is in danger against Destroyah, Godzilla comes to
the rescue and when Jr. "dies," he actually lets a roar of pain at
the through of his "son" dying. Japan
As a closer to a continuity with this character, GODZILLA VS. DESTROYAH does a fine job of ending this Godzilla's story and Junior becoming the "new" Godzilla. It leaves the doors open to more adventures. Between its great design of Destroyah and a rather sympathetic storyline, the movie is one of the best Godzilla movies so far. It's pretty telling that the story ends with a new Godzilla but with
declared a ghost town that's uninhabitable after the kaiju fights. There seemed
to be both a respect of the past and a pessimism of the future with this movie. Tokyo
Of special note is the fact that this is the last Godzilla movie until the infamous American one. This is of important note because it would have been the last movie in ten years, but due to the whole "the American version sucks" situation, we would get a brand new continuity and movie only four years later.