The commercial success of the recent American Godzilla reboot was no doubt a major factor in the decision by Toho Studios to ressurect their series featuring the King Of The Monsters, and here we have the first full trailer to the film, which doesn’t really reveal much about the plot [though the IMDB plot synopsis is so far so more than: “Japan is plunged into chaos upon the appearance of a giant monster”, which could describe nearly all the movies!], but, set to a nicely emotive score, gives us lots of the archetypal imagery that fans love – mass destruction, crowds fleeing in panic, fruitless military mobilisation and attacks, high level meetings to decide what to do about Godzilla, etc. It also shows a Godzilla who closely resembles his design from the original 1954 film, though with a rather overlong tail.
Apparently this Godzilla will surpass the size of Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla, who stood exactly 355 feet tall, making it the largest version of Godzilla to appear on film. He will be brought to life using a hybrid combination of computer generated imagery and traditional practical effects techniques – so we will still get a man in a suit for at least some of the time! 2013’s Godzilla was surprisingly good, so hopefully Toho will pull all the stops out for their answer to it.
Godzilla Resurgence is directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, written by Hideaki Anno, and stars Satomi Ishihara, Nozomi de Lencquesaing, Hiroki Hasegawa and Shin’ya Tsukamoto. It’s out in Japan on my birthday July 29th. No word on a US or UK release yet, and I reckon it’ll go straight to home viewing, but I live in hope.