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Shin Godzilla

  • Action
  • Drama
  • 2016
  • Hideaki Anno
  • 119 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Japan is plunged into chaos upon the appearance of a giant monster.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

This ambitious reboot of the Godzilla franchise from Toho Studios is a curious beast, but its unconventional nature makes it stand out from the rest of the monster pack. Something is stirring in the waters of Tokyo harbour but the government hesitates to do anything, even after news footage shows a huge creature has taken to the city's streets. As the invader begins to mutate into something even more terrifying, so does the film itself, going from a bureaucracy-bashing satire to a chilling nuclear-threat thriller. The parallels to the Hiroshima bomb and the Fukushima meltdown are all too clear, underscored by Godzilla torching the Japanese capital and turning it radioactive. But the overriding message is that, against all the odds and in the face of international pressure, Japanese innovation and self-belief can win the day - just like Hideaki Anno's modestly budgeted production. His film may lack the CGI fire power and A-list cast of Gareth Edwards's 2014 Godzilla blockbuster, yet it still makes a big impact.

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Credits

Cast

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Rando YaguchiHiroki Hasegawa
Hideki AkasakaYutaka Takenouchi
Kayoko Ann PattersonSatomi Ishihara
Prime Minister Seiji OkochiRen Osugi
Ryuta AzumaAkira Emoto
Yusuke ShimuraKengo Kora
Hiromi OgashiraMikako Ichikawa
Masao ZaizenJun Kunimura

Crew

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DirectorHideaki Anno
DirectorShinji Higuchi

Details

Theatrical distributor
National Amusements
Released on
2017-08-10
Languages
English | German | Japanese
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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