Godzilla Vs. MechaGodzilla

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Godzilla Vs. MechaGodzilla


Cast: Masaaki Daimon, Kazuya Aoyama, Reiko Tajima, Jack Palance, Carol Lynley, Akihiko Hirata, Kenji Sahara, Hiroshi Koizumi, Barbara Lynn
Director: Jun Fukuda
Producer: Tomoyuki Tanaka
Written By: Shinichi Sekizawa, Jun Fukuda, Hiroyasu Yamamura, Masami Fukushima
Cinematographer: Yuzuru Aizawa
Special Effects: Shokei Nakano
Score: Masaru Sato

Alex's Review

This is certainly my favorite Jun Fukuda film. The human drama is solid, and some of Fukuda’s best direction. The characters are kinda bland, but they certainly are better than the previous film’s. The monsters are handled well, with the faux Godzilla design good, and certainly more threatening looking than the real thing is here! Speaking of which, Godzilla, though using the terrible suit from the previous film, has been given a more of a scowled face look. Mechagodzilla, probably the coolest looking kaiju in my book, looks nothing like a man in a suit. He has a more robotic look to him. King Caesar… well, let’s not discuss Caesar. He looks too silly.

The Special effects are handled by Teruyoshi Nakano and his assistant (and future SFX director for the G-series), Koichi Kawakita. The pyrotechnics are especially impressive in the oil refinery scene, where explosions are happening left and right. The rotoscoping is the best of the Showa Series, with the best being Mechagodzilla’s full arsenal being unleashed on Godzilla and King Caesar. Mechagodzilla’s eye beams, stomach taser, and piercing missiles all make for spectacular explosions. The fight scenes are handled especially well here. The gory battle between Faux Godzilla and Anguirus is a great fight, with the fight brutality high, especially when Mechagodzilla rips Caesar’s jaw apart.

Music is nowhere near Ifukube level, but Masaru Sato does his best score here, with the most memorable theme being Mechagodzilla’s theme. A big band element makes up MG’s theme, with the theme suiting Mechagodzilla’s chaotic formidability.

Overall, Jun Fukuda’s best.

Alex’s score, 8/10

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