Godzilla - Tokyo SOS, the latest entry in the Godzilla series
has been released here in the states in record time. In addition
to being director Masaki Tezuka's final Godzilla film, it is also directly
related to the previous movie, 2002's Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla.
The movie is a little short on plot, but it boasts some very impressive
and entertaining battles. Godzilla has never looked so good.
The film starts a year after Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla. The
mechanical monster, created from the bones of the original Godzilla that
was destroyed in 1954, is still undergoing repairs from the beating it
took in the previous movie. The Absolute Zero Cannon is off line
for good, and the robot isn't fully repaired, when something disturbing
occurs. Two fairies from Mothra's island appear in Tokyo at the home
of Dr. Shinichi Chujo (Hiroshi Koizumi.) Dr. Chujo first encountered
Mothra in 1961, and was instrumental in stopping that monster's attack
on Tokyo. The fairies have a favor to ask: They want Godzilla's bones
returned to the sea. If they do this, Mothra will agree to defend
Japan from all monsters.
Sounds like a good idea, but no one will listen to Chujo. When
Kamoebas (a monster that first appeared in 1970's Space Amoeba)
washes up on the shore dead, everyone fears that Godzilla will attack again
soon. And right they are.
The big G! comes stomping ashore and wreaking havoc like he always does.
He's being drawn to the bones that form Mechagodzilla. Chujo and
his grandson create Mothra's symbol on a school hard court summoning the
giant moth to protect Japan. This starts one of the most epic kaiju
battles from any movie. When Mothra gets beaten down, the Prime Minister
sends in Mechagodzilla, and two newly hatched Mothra larvae enter the fray
too. It's an all out monster romp through Tokyo.
There are some problems with this movie, but when all is said and done,
I really enjoyed it. This movie has a great fight scene that lasts
a good part of the movie, yet didn't get tedious. It was very fast
paced, and it got to the action right off. The special effects were
the best of any Godzilla movie. It looked just great.
Another thing that I liked about this movie was the fact that they tied
it in to the previous film. There hasn't been much continuity in
these films for the last few years, and it was nice to see them refer to
the original Mothra movie, as well as Space Amoeba.
On the down side, there really isn't much of a plot, and almost no characterization.
I never really cared what happened to any of the characters since they
were all two dimensional cut outs. The action was average at best,
and the dialog was pretty lousy too. When Kamoebas turns up dead,
for example, this exchange takes place:
Officer: "It has deep cuts in its neck caused by giant claws.
It was fatally wounded. It was attacked by some kind of giant predator
Recruit: "Like another monster sir?"
No, like a giant predator that can inflict 20 foot gashes that isn't
Then again, the attraction of these movies isn't the deep plots, it's
the monster fights.
I have to admit, I was a little disappointed that they used Mothra once
again in this movie. She's gotten a lot of exposure in the past,
and it would have been neat to see another Godzilla monster or *gasp* create
a new one.
This disc had both the original Japanese track and an English dub, both
in 5.1. I watched part of the movie in each language, and though
I preferred the Japanese, the English dub was very good. The actors
that worked on the dub did a good job matching the mouth movements and
were able to put some emotion into their performance. The Japanese
track sounded more natural though. The quality was excellent and
they made good use of the soundstage. The battle sounds came from
all corners of the room, are really surrounded the viewer. A nice
The video quality for this movie was very good, but not exceptional.
The colors in the wide screen anamorphic transfer were excellent, and the
detail was superb, but there was a good amount of grain, especially at
the opening. They also applied edge enhancement to the image. Most
of the time it wasn't too annoying, but there were some scenes were it
was obnoxious. If it wasn't for these two defects, this would have
been an outstanding looking disc.
There is a nice making-of featurette included on this disc. This
21-minute bonus doesn't have interviews with the cast or even narration.
It shows how they filmed some of the special effect shots and shows some
nice close-ups of the models. They would show the cast filming a
short sequence, and then play the completed scene from the film.
It was interesting to see Mothra fly with the strings still visible and
the way they shot Godzilla falling into buildings. Well worth watching.
There is also the Japanese teaser trailer.
While this movie seems to be aimed at a younger audience without a lot
of plot or characterization, it was still a lot of fun. The fight
scenes were exciting and though they took up most of the movie, they never
dragged on or got boring. I really enjoyed this, though people who
are looking for more than just a long cool fight might be disappointed.
Though I wish they would have laid off the EE a bit when it came to transferring
the movie to DVD, it still looks good. Highly Recommended.