12:24 pm - 04/17/2014

ONTD Original™: 10 of the Best & 10 of the Worst Kaiju Movies

The word "kaiju" (怪獣; kaijū) has existed long before Pacific Rim adopted it for its vocabulary. The term translates to "strange beast." The prefix "dai-" is sometimes added, changing the meaning to "giant strange beast." For the sake of simplicity, kaiju is often interpreted as "monster."

Monsters such as Godzilla and Rodan are occasionally labeled "daikaiju," while the monsters-of-the-week in tokusatsu (special effects) series like Ultraman are regarded as "kaiju" or "kaijin" (strange person).

The big monster movie didn't necessarily originate in Japan. King Kong anyone? Nevertheless, Japan did make it its own, and is known for perfecting the genre with advanced cinematic techniques. Most of which were adapted in sentai (or Power Rangers) shows.

The grandest of all kaiju is hands down Godzilla, or Gojira in its homeland. Toho Studio's radioactive creation came to prominence in 1954, and continued to reign until 2004. TriStar released its own Godzilla remake in 1998, and it was met with mixed reception. Sixteen years later, Warner Bros. Pictures and Toho have teamed up to reboot the series once again. For your reading pleasure, here are some of the best and worst kaiju films to have ever graced the big screen.

For reference, the terms Showa (1926-1989) and Heisei (1989-current) reflect the eras in Japan. For kaiju, the word "Millennium" refers to the films made in and after 2000.

10 of the Best Kaiju Movies


Godzilla (1954)
If you only see one Godzilla movie in your life, this should be it. The first movie that started it all is also the most depressing. The radiated behemoth was a forthright metaphor for nuclear weapons. The destruction scenes even mirror some of the real life events after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This is not a happy movie, especially in its original format. The American release was edited, though, and Raymond Burr was added as a reporter character.



Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999)
Gamera was Daiei's attempt at emulating the success of Toho's Godzilla franchise. It was more or a less a shoddy series that has been ridiculed by many. Shusuke Kaneko helmed a revival trilogy in the late nineties that finally gave the turtle monster some edge and respect. Unlike the flying reptile's retro ancestor, the new Gamera was an ancient, bio-engineered creature created to eradicate another race of dangerous monsters called Gyaos. Although the new Gamera was basically on the side of humans, its main goal was to destroy the Gyaos. This made the titular kaiju an anti-hero. In the third and final entry in Kaneko's series, this fact was made evident as Gamera had no qualms about casualties in its war against the flying demons it hunted. A victim of Gamera's myopic vision, an orphaned teenager, found solace in a mysterious beast called Iris. The young woman's grudge fueled Iris' development, sending it to destroy the very monster that caused her pain. Kaneko proved that a serious approach to a kaiju film was possible, and his results are outstanding.

Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)
After decades of more or less the same old plot rehashed and recycled, Toho gave audiences a refreshing movie that fans either love or hate. Godzilla just made its reasonably successful comeback in 1984 with The Return of Godzilla (or simply Godzilla in Japan). This direct sequel involved Biollante, a bizarre Lovecraftian plant monster with traces of both Godzilla and human DNA. Biollante was not the typical kaiju antagonist - she was not inherently "evil," but a sort of sibling to Godzilla, and the last remnants of a grieving scientist's dead daughter. The film's pacing is at times tedious, and it's notably absent of knockout battle scenes. However, the practical and handmade special effects for Biollante alone are still top notch, and the movie manages to spark some emotion and sense of wonder.

Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
Toho took three of its popular monsters (Rodan and Mothra already starred in their own solo films), and pitted them against a brand new foe in this kaiju classic. The design alone for King Ghidorah, a golden space hydra with sprawling wings, is iconic. This 1967 hit would help shape the formula for future Showa Godzilla vehicles - invading aliens, strange monster enemies, and Hollywood actors sharing screen time with the Japanese cast.


Godzilla vs. Mechaodzilla (1974)
Creatively, the Godzilla franchise had hit a wall as the sixties came to an end. Toho introduced a son for Godzilla, Godzilla fought a giant lobster, and the Big G performed a victory dance on the moon's surface. What was next? A metallic rival, of course. Mechagodzilla was actually inspired by Mechani-Kong from 1967's King Kong Escapes. Along with King Ghidorah, this alien-made opponent went on to become one of Godzilla's most popular adversaries. The film also incorporated Japanese folklore by bringing in King Caesar, a monster inspired by the shisa of Okinawan mythology. The name "Caesar" is even a stylized spelling of "shisa." The climatic battle between all three kaiju is commendable for its bright display, often using common tokusatsu effects like rainbow-colored lasers and squibs. Godzilla was reduced to a superhero for the majority of the Showa era, but the theme is not as sappy here as it was in earlier entries.

Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)
There are occasions where a reboot works, even excelling over the original. Gamera: Guardian of the Universe is one shining example. Shusuke Kaneko took a cheesy(-er) rip-off of Godzilla, and turned it into an incredible trilogy. Starting in 1995, Gamera made its comeback. As discussed above, the turtle kaiju's origins had greatly changed, giving it an almost mythical standing rather it being another product of the science gone wrong cliché. Gamera's old foe Gyaos was updated, too, making it a withstanding force of evil instead of a throwaway villain. While the basic elements of a daikaiju movie are still there, the improved visual effects, and better story and pacing really carry this. Gamera was pegged as a friend to kids in the Showa age, but here his main human ally is a teenager named Asagi (played by Steven Seagal's daughter, Ayako Fujitani). Their bond is more founded in spiritualism than hero worship, and lends more credence to the "leap of faith" design. If Godzilla's franchise has somehow never appealed to you, give the Heisei Gamera a try. The first and third movies are certainly the best of the bunch.

Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)
The millennium era of the franchise was off to a rocky start. Gamera director Shusuke Kaneko was enlisted to bring his magic to the series. And he did just that. GMK (less of a mouthful than the full title) takes place nearly fifty years after the original film. Godzilla returns, possessed by the spirits of the fallen Japanese soldiers from WWII. An old prophecy foretells the arrival of three guardian beasts that will stop the threat. Kaneko's original script had Anguirus, Varan and Baragon as the monster trio that would defeat Godzilla. Toho eventually replaced the first two with Mothra and King Ghidorah, two of the company's more popular characters. Kaneko wanted Godzilla to be the most powerful monster here so the latter two kaiju were deliberately made weaker. GMK gives fans a far more complex story than they're used to, and there is some surprising development from the monsters. Aside from the kaiju drama, there is a rather well done human-sized story involving a reporter and her military father, whose parents died in Godzilla's 1954 attack.

Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
Toho finished the nineties era with a somewhat fitting end for Godzilla - they killed him/her (Japan does not usually refer to Godzilla as male or female). The Oxygen Destroyer, the very device that saved Japan from the original Godzilla, radically mutated a race of prehistoric crustaceans. Collectively, these creatures are Destoroyah, Godzilla's executor. As a result of its parent's constant discharge of radiation, Little Godzilla from Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla had matured into a young adult. As the fledgling dealt with Destoroyah, the paternal 'zilla had become a walking time bomb. All of that atomic energy within Godzilla was going to be its ultimate undoing - it would detonate, causing a wake of destruction around the monster. At this point, Godzilla was not portrayed as a hero like it was in the Showa age. Yet the last Heisei entry showed a more sympathetic side to Godzilla. Only the most heartless viewer could be left untouched by the ending of Godzilla vs. Destoroyah.

Godzilla x Mechagodzilla (2002)
Mechagodzilla was once a device used by aliens in the Showa age, but it was turned into a weapon of good for mankind in the contemporary movies. Mind you the two robots have no connection other than name. The millennium's manifestation was more of a cyborg as it contained replicated genetic materials from the remains of the first Godzilla. To differentiate it from Mechagodzilla's evil past, the new model was dubbed "Kiryu," which translates to "silver dragon." The director also helmed the disappointing Godzilla x Megaguirus, but this project is superior in every way. The balance between CGI and practical effects is better handled, and the human interaction is more organic. This is a Godzilla film made for both young and adult fans.

Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
This list's dark horse is 1971's Godzilla vs. Hedorah. The theme of the film is anti-pollution, and that message is not remotely subtle. An alien creature combines with the trash and smog of Japan, forming a walking sludge monster that can change its form like a frog or butterfly. The name "Hedorah" is a play on the  Japanese word for "vomit" - hedoro. The movie is full of psychedelic imagery and hippie wisdom, which assuredly makes it seem dated. On the other hand, there are darker moments that are startling. Such as the rather graphic on screen deaths of humans, fatalities of Hedorah's poisonous wrath. To offset these grim scenes, director Yoshimitsu Banno added a peculiar part where Godzilla flies by atomic breath propulsion. The odium for Godzilla vs. Hedorah is a bit inflated. Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka was so upset with the movie, even saying Banno "ruined Godzilla," that he banned Banno from directing another Toho movie. Putting that aside, viewers should still see this as it is one of the most unique kaiju films. Digimon fans will notice that one particular episode of the first series pays homage to Godzilla vs. Hedorah.

10 of the Worst Kaiju Movies


Pulgasari (1985)
Pulgasari has a sordid history that is far more interesting than the movie itself. In 1978, Kim Jong-Il, son of then-ruler Kim Il-Sung, had South Korean director Shin Sang-Ok as well as his ex-wife abducted, and then taken to North Korea. Jong-Il was apparently a big Godzilla fan, and he wanted to make his own kaiju movie. With the younger Kim's financial backing, Shin was forced to make propaganda films, including Pulgasari. To make things even more odd, members of Toho Studios actually helped with the special effects in Pulgasari. Godzilla's suit actor from years 1984 to 1995, Kenpachiro Satsuma, played the titular kaiju. Pulgasari was based on an folk tale featuring a bull-like creature of the same name. The story, set in feudal Korea, included peasants trying to overthrow a corrupt monarchy. In spite of all the hype, Pulgasari is too much of a chore, and quite honestly the most boring kaiju film. Not to mention viewers may have a tough time getting through it knowing what happened behind the scenes.



All Monsters Attack (1969)
One of the worst things a television show can do is to make a clips episode. Looking at you, Golden Girls. They might as well just air a rerun. All Monsters Attack, or Godzilla's Revenge stateside, is sixty-nine minutes of some new scenes spliced with old ones from previous Godzilla movies. If you're not a fan of Minya, Godzilla's son, you should avoid this one altogether. The movie's saving grace is Gabara, a dream monster that looks like the offspring of a Japanese ogre and a cat. It wailed on Minya like only a high school bully can.

Yonggary (1999)
For those who complain about the first Godzilla remake, try to watch the re-imagining of South Korea's 1967 Yonggary. TriStar's Zilla flick was fun and entertaining even if a loose adaptation of the source material. The 1999 Yonggary is a mess from start to finish. The story is straightforward: the remains of a huge dinosaur are uncovered and eventually resurrected as an alien monster. Once Yonggary is free of the aliens' control, another space creature called Cycor is sent down to finish it off. Despite being produced by a South Korean company, the cast is predominantly non-Asian and the dialogue is in English. This was probably done so the film would have more "international appeal." The acting is stilted, and watching the actors recite dull lines from the weak script has to be some kind of karmic punishment. As for Yonggary and Cycor, they are so poorly rendered that one has to wonder if they're watching an unfinished movie. The CGI effects look worse than some computer generated news reenactments. To cash in on the 1998 Godzilla remake, Yonggary was renamed "Reptilian" and released straight-to-video in the west.

Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)
This movie makes little sense, which is probably a moot point when it comes to kaiju culture. The 1965 Frankenstein Conquers the World (originally titled Frankenstein vs. Subterranean Monster Baragon) was slated to be a sequel to King Kong vs. Godzilla, and it was supposed to entail Frankenstein's monster fighting Godzilla. Things changed, and a new opponent, Baragon, replaced Godzilla. This could explain why Baragon had a heat ray that was never seen again in its future reappearances. The plot concerned a young man being born from the lost heart of Frankenstein's monster. Radiation increased his height, having him reach twenty meters. When reports of humans being eaten in the countryside hit the news, the Frankenstein clone is blamed. Labeling this film as outlandish is an understatement. On the plus side, it's competently made bearing in mind what time it was released, and Baragon became very popular in Japan. This being a co-production between Toho and American company UPA, the Japanese studio catered to UPA's request for including the Giant Octopus from King Kong vs. Godzilla. A brief spar between Frankie and the oversized sea mollusk was intended to follow the climax. Everyone recognized that its insertion was inexplicable so it was cut altogether. Luckily for fans, it can be found as supplemental material on the North American DVD release. A direct sequel, The War of the Gargantuas, came out in 1966.


Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
An undersea nation sends cockroach god Megalon to destroy the human race. The only things in its way are robot Jet Jaguar and Godzilla. To even the odds, the enemy summons Gigan from space to aid Megalon. That is the movie in a nutshell. It's cheaply made, and relies on stock footage from the director's previous work, Godzilla vs. Gigan. The story borrows from tokusatsu series Ultraman: a humanoid enlarges itself to do battle with a kaiju. How this simple robot managed to alter its mass to that degree is not explainable. While Godzilla vs. Megalon is tame and uninspiring, the director redeemed himself with the following year's Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.

Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (1994)
The idea of Space Godzilla, formed by combining stray Godzilla DNA with an alien organism, was both ambitious and inane. Regrettably, the execution of the movie was far from exciting, and the galactic adversary was vaguely threatening. There was just something off with this film, and the dawdling pacing is a major hindrance. At least Little Godzilla is adorable to look at, and the redesign for Moguera from The Mysterians is reasonably good.

Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
Through a child's eyes, this seemed like one of the greatest Godzilla movies ever. As an adult, you really see just how terrible it is. Gigan is a welcome addition to the villain line-up in Godzilla's universe, but the alien invader's debut is a stinker. Godzilla and its buddy Anguirus team up to thrwart cockroach aliens' monster henchmen, Gigan and King Ghidorah. Some scenes from Destroy All Monsters are utilized here, particularly the scene where Anguirus fights Ghidorah solo. The most ludicrous occurrence has to be where Godzilla and Anguirus have a coherent exchange of words in the English dub. Godzilla vs. Gigan was what came of several Toho projects that never happened: Godzilla vs. the Space Monsters: Earth Defense Directive and The Return of King Ghidorah.

Gamera vs. Zigra (1971)
It seems almost pointless to put any of the Showa Gamera movies on a list of bad kaiju films. All of them were dreadful, and they make even the worst Godzilla pictures look better just by comparison. Gamera vs. Zigra was the last original movie in the franchise before entering cinematic dormancy. In 1980, Daiei put out Gamera: Super Monster, which heavily relied on stock footage. In its last outing, Gamera faced an alien race known as Zigra looking to seize Earth's waters. Gamera ultimately challenged the aliens' goblin shark monster, also called Zigra. Gamera won and played a little tune on the fish's fins. Daiei was really scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
For Godzilla's fiftieth anniversary, Toho essentially remade Destroy All Monsters. Action and horror director Ryuhei Kitamura (Azumi, The Midnight Meat Train, No One Lives, Versus) was made director of this elaborate project. Aliens use Earth's kaiju in their global domination plans, and Godzilla travels all over the world to stop them. Final Wars pays homage in several ways (i.e., Out of respect, Godzilla neutralizes old allies as opposed to killing them) to the earlier films. Then it dissolves into a mindless action flick devoid of the long-standing spirit of Godzilla. What made the experience more exhausting was the appalling acting from so many of the human actors. Final Wars may have been slightly better if they had minimized any plot involving humans altogether. There is some fun here, but the finished product is just overcrowded and wastes potential.

Mothra 3: King Ghidorah Attacks (1998)
Since Mothra is without a doubt one of the most popular kaiju in Japan, Toho naturally gave it its own solo series of films. Starting in 1996, the first of three films was released. Sadly, longtime Toho producer Tomoyuki Tanaka died several months after. Two more movies followed in 1997 and 1998. The most noticeable difference between Mothra's and Godzilla's franchises is the staggering element of fantasy. Mothra's adventures are preposterous and downright naive. Godzilla often dealt with darker issues, or more grim situations. As established with the first Mothra entry in the Heisei trilogy, the big bug is a guardian of Earth and its inhabitants. Whenever a monstrous threat approaches, Mothra is ready to pounce. Along the way, it receives power upgrades like some kind of RPG hero. The concluding piece in the series has Mothra facing off with Grand King Ghidorah, the ultimate form of the golden dragon. Remember that none of the actions in these movies are canon with Godzilla's universe (which often contradicts itself anyway). When things go bad, Mothra goes back to the Cretaceous period to defeat Ghidorah's young form, thus ensuring the death of present day Ghidorah. Or so that's the theory. You have to give it to the writers - they really didn't care to follow any rule books. They went with it without looking back. Apart from that kudos, Mothra 3 is beyond asinine. The scientific logic, if there is any, doesn't seem to compute either. Another detractor is the shoddiness of the dinosaur models. Even the nineties Land of the Lost reboot had better-looking dinos. The highlight of this disaster is Grand King Ghidorah: the kaiju looked amazing.

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ljubavirakija 17th-Apr-2014 05:34 pm (UTC)
I finally saw Pacific Rim! It was such a good movie. The CGI was awesome
zyuranger 17th-Apr-2014 05:36 pm (UTC)
I still haven't seen it oop. One day.
igbywentdown 17th-Apr-2014 05:38 pm (UTC)
i was so disappointed by that movie, but then again, it's not at all the kind of movie that i usually like
snapiphany 17th-Apr-2014 05:39 pm (UTC)
Me too. It's been playing on 3-4 different HBO channels since Saturday.
saybonjour 17th-Apr-2014 05:41 pm (UTC)
it was such a fun movie, the huge backlash it got here after the first month or so was ott
war_machine_rox 17th-Apr-2014 05:52 pm (UTC)
ONTD turned against that movie so fast omg

superdogbiter 17th-Apr-2014 06:08 pm (UTC)
motherfuckers can deal with it
redleigh86 17th-Apr-2014 07:01 pm (UTC)
It was absurd! Like anyone expected it to be highclass? It's giant monsters vs giant robots, it's just meant to be fun! Which it is!
giantbutts 17th-Apr-2014 07:03 pm (UTC)
there was backlash?
lol on tumblr everyone is still all over that movie...i liked it but didn't find it extraordinary
crystalzelda 17th-Apr-2014 05:42 pm (UTC)
One of my favorite movies ever now I wanna rewatch it
sandvich 17th-Apr-2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
I love PR so much. It's basically a movie custom-made for my inner fourteen-year-old weeaboo, and I mean that in the best possible way.

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ljubavirakija 17th-Apr-2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
Best moment in the film

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cheerofree 17th-Apr-2014 06:18 pm (UTC)
seeing that movie in 3D IMAX had to be one of the MOST exciting theater experiences in my life, shelling out the extra $ was definitely worth it

wish i could do it again. . .
redleigh86 17th-Apr-2014 06:59 pm (UTC)
It's legit one of the prettiest movies I've ever seen and not one I'd expect to say was pretty. That and Dredd 3d as well, just totally gorgeous.

Anyway, I get it's got it's problems but Pacific Rim is just such a fun film. I loved it too :)
apolloblanc 17th-Apr-2014 11:01 pm (UTC)
i wish it was more 'gundam' and less 'godzilla'.
mjspice 18th-Apr-2014 06:55 pm (UTC)
Saw it. It was good.
partyonyourhead 17th-Apr-2014 05:37 pm (UTC)
The story behind Pulgasari is so interesting to me. North Korea LITERALLY kidnaps a director and his actress ex-wife to make this movie. They fall in love again and get remarried while being held captive. Then they escape in a foreign country.

I'd like to see a movie about THAT tbh.
chikntetrazzini 17th-Apr-2014 05:37 pm (UTC)
Never heard the word kaiju in my life.
zyuranger 17th-Apr-2014 05:44 pm (UTC)
Now you have.
redleigh86 17th-Apr-2014 07:02 pm (UTC)
Being an ontd regular how could you not since Pacific Rim came out? There were tons of posts on it and they all mentioned kaiju.
thewhowhatwhats 17th-Apr-2014 05:37 pm (UTC)
Oh no, there goes Tokyo
zyuranger 17th-Apr-2014 06:01 pm (UTC)
Someone needs to check where Japan's gettin' the money for rebuilding every time a monster attacks.

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yurasama_love 17th-Apr-2014 06:24 pm (UTC)
Tokyo and New York City are the two places I would not want to live in in any cinematic universe
punishermax 17th-Apr-2014 05:38 pm (UTC)
Final Wars does have the scene where Godzilla one shot kills American Godzilla so thats a point in its favor
zyuranger 17th-Apr-2014 05:39 pm (UTC)
This is true.

Although I didn't hate the American Zilla. The cartoon was better, though.
alessar 17th-Apr-2014 05:52 pm (UTC)
I loved Final Wars, I even own the soundtrack. But, I felt like it was a partial homage and partial spoof and not a serious film so that's just how I took it.

Frankly, I found Godzilla Vs The Giant Psychic Rosebush (Biolante) horrible and cannot believe they put it on the good list. They also didn't note how it started an entire run of continuity with a recurring character of a psychic woman who occasionally communicated with Godzilla.
zyuranger 17th-Apr-2014 05:55 pm (UTC)
I love G vs. Biollante for its refreshing approach, different story and emotional appeal. I didn't care for Miki (or whatever) the Psychic at all, though. The Heisei series is not that great in general. G vs Mothra is fun, G vs King Ghidorah is awful and G vs Mechagodzilla II is pretty good for what it was.
tw_31988 17th-Apr-2014 05:38 pm (UTC)
They all look shitty tbh. Like, Power Rangers Megazord fight shitty.

i mean...

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zyuranger 17th-Apr-2014 05:40 pm (UTC)
Rude, just rude.

punishermax 17th-Apr-2014 05:41 pm (UTC)
That's like 90% of the fun of watching them
zyuranger 17th-Apr-2014 05:45 pm (UTC)
They're fun camp. Most people who judge them take them too seriously to be honest.
ljubavirakija 17th-Apr-2014 05:41 pm (UTC)
mega_therium 17th-Apr-2014 07:42 pm (UTC)
zyuranger 17th-Apr-2014 05:50 pm (UTC)

The original is a far cry from the latter films, though.
geraldine_blank 17th-Apr-2014 05:41 pm (UTC)
never been a big fan of (giant or not) monster movies as a horror buff, but I did enjoy Monsters
zyuranger 17th-Apr-2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
Still haven't seen Monsters. Perhaps I'll do that tonight so I can get a gist of the director's style.
magnetic_rose92 17th-Apr-2014 05:41 pm (UTC)

The only kaiju movies I have seen are Pacific Rim (which I loved) and that that terrible Godzilla with Matthew Broderick.
neverhft 17th-Apr-2014 05:54 pm (UTC)
sandstorm 17th-Apr-2014 05:43 pm (UTC)
I've only seen Pacific Rim and that was a slogfest.
rainstormraider 17th-Apr-2014 05:44 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed Pacific Rim.

And I sat through that Matthew Broderick version.

fluorescentx 17th-Apr-2014 05:47 pm (UTC)
I've not seen any of his films, but OP this post is beautifully formatted!!
zyuranger 17th-Apr-2014 05:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
rexilla 17th-Apr-2014 05:52 pm (UTC)
I finally saw Pacific Rim and was disappointed. Charlie Hunnam was awful in it imo. The scene with young Mako was the best part.
zyuranger 17th-Apr-2014 05:53 pm (UTC)
I've heard so many mixed reviews so I'm weary of watching it. Like, I only care about the monsters, though, so maybe I can just fast forward.
nekokonneko 17th-Apr-2014 06:03 pm (UTC)
i think people are too hard on it. like, it's not meant to be citizen kane, it's a fun movie about stopping giant sea monsters from murdering humanity. i think you'll like it though, the monster fights are excellent.
okmewriting 17th-Apr-2014 09:08 pm (UTC)
Honestly a lot of those people didn't seem to understand the genre. It's a film about giant robots/mecha beating the crap out of giant monster. There is a pretty decent plot. It isn't about one guy or one country saving the world. I found it really entertaining. I think if you go for any other reason than watching robots v monsters you're going to be really disappointed.
invisiblegirlx 17th-Apr-2014 05:53 pm (UTC)
what a lovely post. I have yet to see a single gojira movie though. I feel like a bad student of Japan for never having see one. Maybe I should watch the original Japanese one or something.

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zyuranger 17th-Apr-2014 05:56 pm (UTC)
The original is a classic for a reason. Even if the story doesn't attract you, the cinematography (for that time) is really astounding. I believe some film classes show it/put it on the syllabus. My friend had to watch it for a course and he loved it. It is pretty sad, though.
neverhft 17th-Apr-2014 05:54 pm (UTC)
I don't give a fuck what you CGI queens think, Godzilla x Mechagodzilla is iconic as hell!

zyuranger 17th-Apr-2014 05:58 pm (UTC)
Yep. Haters probably watch the GI Joe reboot.

wauwy 17th-Apr-2014 06:13 pm (UTC)
excuse me Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes are flawless in the G.I. Joe reboot
therearewords 17th-Apr-2014 06:04 pm (UTC)
I feel like I suddenly scrolled onto a Dino-furry porn pic.
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