Sunday, 3 December 2017


Shin Godzilla
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 12
Running Time: 119 Mins
Audio: English 2.0 Stereo/ 5.1 Dolby
Release Date: 4/12/2017
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

This is a live action movie for the ones who have read the manga and saw the anime version of it. Most of us by now have seen the Western depiction of Godzilla, but it doesn't quite have that feel we Asian cinema fans are used to.

And by that I mean the way we see the build up to the incident and the monster making an appearance then the eventual catastrophe. The build up might be slow but the public matters as we see the damage and wreck of lives through their eyes and the emotions and reactions are well acted.

On Tokyo Bay off the coast of Yokohama, a pleasure craft, the Glory-maru is found astray. Through a video feed we get to see a rescue mission of the Glory-maru where they find no one on board but personal effects left around. When the Tokyo Bay Aqua Line springs a leak, it sends Japan into a frenzy as it is believed to be an underwater volcanic eruption, though someone else thinks it is the work of a monster that has been spotted on camera before. Yasuchi knows what he has seen and no one else in the government's cabinet will believe his story, instead going with a more rational theory.

When Godzilla makes his appearance it isn't what you would think, at least as far as I could see. The dark look of the original Godzilla paled in comparison to this one which has large staring eyes and very small arms making him more jaws and whiplash tail. With Shin Godzilla we see the destruction he leaves in his wake. 

By now we are well used to seeing rubber monsters in movies like this, but here you can tell they have tried to make a more realistic monster. Ardent fans of live action movies like this will watch this with a fondness I can understand as I have a love of Asian movies based on manga and anime and view this one as a realistic version of what would happen if Japan was invaded by one of the most legendary monsters in its history.

Extras: Pre-Visuals & Outtakes, Making of VFX -Shin Godzilla Visual Effects Breakdown and Pre-Visual Reel.

Summary: Make this one for your otaku's stocking this Christmas!

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