Toho Studios celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the very first Godzilla film with the December 2004 release of the highly anticipated sequel, Godzilla: Final Wars
, the 28th and supposedly last film in the long-running and much beloved monster series. This time around, Versus
director Kitamura Ryuhei grabs hold of the directorial reins and applies his trademark visual style to the legendary Godzilla franchise. Essentially drawing material from two earlier movies in the series (Godzilla vs. Monster Zero
and Destroy All Monsters
to be exact), Godzilla Final Wars
seeks to be the Godzilla movie to end all Godzilla movies, an intention made clear from its over-the-top premise, energetic performances, and wall-to-wall monster battles!
The film begins with Godzilla becoming trapped in ice after a battle in the Antarctic Circle. But while Godzilla hibernates for a while, things start to heat up when an alien race arrives on planet earth looking to enslave humankind. With things taking a turn for the worse, it's up to a group of paramilitary super-mutants to thwart the aliens' plans for global domination. But when the aliens start unleashing hordes of giant monsters on many of the world's most famous cities (including Shanghai, Sydney, and New York City, among others), it's up to the legendary King of the Monsters to enter the fray, taking on all challengers in a series of globe-trotting monster mashes, including one with his American counterpart from the 2000 Roland Emmerich/Dean Devlin film! Featuring contemporary CGI mixed with traditional special effects, Godzilla: Final Wars is a no-holds-barred kaiju fight fest, featuring loads of classic monsters that every die-hard Godzilla fan will be sure to recognize! Angilas, Mothra, Rodan, Gigan, King Ghidorah, and even Godzilla's son, Minilla, all make appearances, so your favorite is sure to be in Godzilla: Final Wars, a wild rollercoaster thrill ride that ends the Godzilla series with a bang!