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Shin Godzilla (aka Godzilla Resurgence) (2016)

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Teaser (that shows nothing):

The English title is Godzilla: Resurgence. In Japanese シン・ゴジラ (Shin Gojira = New Godzilla). Opens July 29, 2016.

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The poster says "Japan vs. Godzilla".
 
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Teaser (that shows nothing):

The English title is Godzilla: Resurgence. In Japanese シン・ゴジラ (Shin Gojira = New Godzilla). Opens July 29, 2016.

god1.jpg

The poster says "Japan vs. Godzilla".
 

The teaser seems to indicate they'll go for the incredibly new and innovative style of found footage... Cause that fad still exists apparently even though the Paranormal Activity series died out (after a couple of attempts at resurrecting it with the last couple of horrendous sequels) and people got headaches out of films like Cloverfield (another giant monster thing BTW) and Blair Witch Project.

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Re-posting old stuff that went missing

 

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Sat Jul 30, 2016 1:06 am

Saw this earlier today:

Godzilla: Resurgence (Japan, 2016) [DCP] - 2/5
A rather disappointing film by director/writer Hideaki Anno, whose track record as a brilliant analyst of troubled and alienated characters (Ritual), and as a strong social critic (Love & Pop) with antipathies for adults and the government (Evangelion), had us expect something special. Unfortunately this is as far from the Anno we know as possible. It's 25 minutes of action and 95 minutes of talking heads in a government conference room. Oddly enough the heads belong to legions of uninteresting politicians and researchers, leaving the film without a main character other than collective "Japan". There are some semi-interesting themes concerning Japanese politics, and references to recent natural disasters are effective, but the character depth is zero and the pro-government approach very unexpected from Anno. Special effects are good whenever old school effects dominate, but there are some poor CGI segments as well.

 

 
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Sat Jul 30, 2016 3:40 pm

Forgot to mention Shinya Tsukamoto's acting role is one of the film's biggest. Also bonus from Mikako Ichikawa's screen time. On the minus side, we have the incredibly frustrating Satomi Ishihara in an even bigger role.

Atsuko Maeda was supposed to be somewhere in the film, but I missed her. Post-viewing guess: in one of the collapsing buildings?

Here's a pretty good review of the film:
http://kotaku.com/godzilla-resurgence-t ... 1784509330

Some positive comments here:
https://skreeonk.com/2016/07/28/shin-go ... iler-free/

 

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Tue Aug 02, 2016 2:24 am

No.1 at the box office:
http://www.kogyotsushin.com/archives/we ... 000000.php

And an average user rating of 4.16/5 at yahoo:
http://movies.yahoo.co.jp/movie/%E3%82% ... 83%A9/360/

Here's also a review by someone who really loved the movie:
http://www.otakuusamagazine.com/JPop/Ne ... -8058.aspx

I don't understand at all some the things said in the review... for me this was the exact opposite from what you'd expect from Anno. No character depth, no individual vs society aspect, no consistently innovative camerawork, no quiet moody/philosophical moments...

And no mention of Satomi Ishihara. She's the worst Japanese actress of the century... and that's saying a lot. I hated most of the cast, but she's is a league of her own.

I do admit though, that subtitles wouldn't have hurt and I may have missed some of content. Like the reviewer says, the film is a translator's nightmare for the sheer volume of dialogue and constant on screen text (unless he/she get paid by character count. I that case he/she is going to be a millionaire).

This genius trailer for The End of Evangelion is what Anno is to me, and everything Godzilla Resurgence is not:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4fP_QRCIYg
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I ended up seeing this for the second time, and enjoyed it more with adjusted expectations. I admit there’s some pretty biting satire on Japanese government, and it’s generally pretty well made with a good pace considering the amount of talk, and some moody scenes. But I still feel this is not the Anno I love. To put it in a way most people can understand: there are people who love Evangelion because of the mecha stuff, and then there are people who like Evangelion (*) despite the mecha stuff. I’m in the latter camp. This film was aimed more for the first group. But yeah, I think I was a bit too hard on it after the first viewing.

 

* of course, for me Anno equals to Love & Pop and Ritual, not Evangelion. Evangelion is good with moments of greatness while Love & Pop and Ritual show what Anno is really capable of.

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7 hours ago, One Armed Boxer said:

For those that don't care about English subtitles, it'll be hitting Japanese shelves in an impressive 4-disc set on 22nd March next year -

http://www.yesasia.com/global/godzilla-resurgence-4k-ultra-hd-blu-ray-4-disc-special-edition-japan/1056067908-0-0-0-en/info.html

Cool, although the 90 USD price a little steep for me. :) Thanks for posting!

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On 12/24/2016 at 4:43 AM, Takuma said:

To put it in a way most people can understand: there are people who love Evangelion because of the mecha stuff, and then there are people who like Evangelion (*) despite the mecha stuff. I’m in the latter camp. This film was aimed more for the first group. But yeah, I think I was a bit too hard on it after the first viewing.

Hmm, I'm also in the latter camp with regards to Evangelion, but I absolutely love Shin Godzilla. I wouldn't say Anno's pro-government approach here is all that surprising considering how he portrays the current government and how he uses Godzilla to literally destroy the old guard in order to force new blood to rise up to the challenge and get things right. Anno has a reputation for being pessimistic because of how depressing some of his stuff is, but in actuality his work tends to show he's rather optimistic of humanity (mainly young people who are more open minded) and their ability to do good in spite of all obstacles. Then again, I'm only familiar with Anno's anime work - really need to get my hands on Love & Pop and Ritual at some point.

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