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on March 30, 2004
I've been a life-long Godzilla fan, and I've been dying to see this movie for a while. Now that its finally out on DVD, I must say I was entertained by it, but not overly impressed.
The best point is that its still a Godzilla movie...watching Godzilla rise out of Tokyo bay to unleash senseless destruction just never gets old. The Godzilla suit in this film is slightly modified from the Godzilla 2000/Megaguirus suit, and looks alot better. But the literal 'shining' star of this movie is MechaGodzilla. This is the best design yet for MechaGodzilla, out of all the 'Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla' movies (4 in all, counting this one, and not the sequel which is coming soon).
As others had pointed out, this movie was similar to Godzilla X Megaguirus...too similar, in fact. It had virtually the same pacing and story development, and a nearly identical ending. Other flaws included Godzilla's stationary reactions...he's getting rocked with missiles and 'Mazer' beams, and they just have a big dummy standing there, completely motionless. After the outstanding effects from the last movies, you'd think they could do better than that. And once again, this is an 'origin retelling', in that its another 'alternate universe' storyline that retells Godzilla's origins. I don't think there's been a Godzilla movie at all within the past 15 years that hasn't started the origin of Godzilla over from scratch.
Complaints aside, this movie has to be commended on a few things. As already stated, the MechaGodzilla design is probably the best design they've had yet for it. The battles, though somewhat short, were well done. Godzilla was more sinister than usual in this particular film, being much more liberal with his atomic breath and wreaking havoc. The one part that stood out the most in my mind, and is definitely my favorite part of the film, is when MechaGodzilla goes 'berserk'. Clearly inspired from Neon Genesis Evangelion, MechaG's residual DNA memories, being a result of constructing the machine from the corpse of the 1954 Godzilla, get triggered by this new Godzilla's infamous roar, sending MechaGodzilla into an absolute frenzy. Unfortunately that story angle was not pursued any further in the movie, and its something that I hope they go into in the sequel.
Overall, Godzilla X MechaG was good...but compared to some of the more recent films, particularly Giant Monsters All-Out Attack(one of my all-time favorites), GXMG just didn't stand out too much. I hope the sequel picks it up at a better pace, since I still enjoyed this film immensely. Nevertheless, if you're a G fan, get this film. You won't regret it...its definitely worth the purchase.
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on February 17, 2004
Scene for scene, this movie is almost a carbon copy of it's predecessor, Godzilla vs. Megaguirus. It is obvious that the same writers and director were at work here again, but with a much better finished product. One of the major differences that sets this one apart are the special effects. Now, I have been a Godzilla fan for many years and I have nothing but love for the cheesy effects from past films. However, the effects in this installment are very impressive. I cannot recall at any point in the movie, saying to myself, "Ha, just like the old days". No sir, the effects were good, rivaling most Hollywood productions of today.
Also, the pacing of the film was very tight and moved at a very good speed. This film is about 20 minutes shorter than the prior film. I'm not sure if a new editor was at work or not, but whomever was in charge gets kudos from me.
Also, the music in the film is almost the same as Godzilla vs. Megaguirus but with enough subtle changes to keep it fresh. Michiru Ohshima has brought a new level of suspense and excitement to the franchise and I hope she stays on board for many more installments. My only negative regarding the score is that it would be nice to hear more of Akira Ifukube's original theme. Besides that, well done.
Now, being American, I can't accurately comment on the acting but I thought each performance was believable. Yumiko Shaku was a good leading lady and is very easy on the eyes. There are also cameos featuring other Godzilla alumni including Misato Tanaka, the heroine from the previous film, here as a hospital nurse. Being able to see these two gorgeous women is worth the price of admission for me alone.
The franchise seems to be in very capable hands. Having said that, I wouldn't mind seeing a more escapist approach in upcoming installments with aliens, space monsters, and maybe a cheesy effect or two...just like the old days.
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on January 27, 2004
WOW!!! Godzilla keeps getting better and better! This film rocked, but Godzilla vs. Megaguirus is still my favorite film, but barely! This movie was soooo close, just 1/4 of a mile, and it would be my favorite film, but this is my second favorite film! The Japanese military is constructing a new Mechagodzilla, or should I say Kiryu (Mechanical Dragon), to protect Japan from Godzilla. The battle was great and the special effects were so loud, my windows were shaking! Kiryu was great, with a new weapon, absolute zero cannon! It was a little closer to Godzilla vs. Megaguirus for my favorite film, but this was great! It will be on DVD in March with English dubs and Japanese track with, hopefully, real English subtitles and, possibly, more extras! Don't miss this film! Nice Job Godzilla!!!
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on February 16, 2004
after seeing this godzilla movie ,all i can say is that this movie is great. it is one of the best from toho . the movie is very fast paced, the special effects are fantastic , and the action never stops . i have one final word for godzilla fans everywhere {don't miss this movie }
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on February 12, 2006
Great special effects, set design, lots of action and fast moving. This is one one the better Godzilla movies. It has the best pre-title sequence out of the entire series. The action sequences are loaded with explosions and lots of fun.

Mecha-Godzilla is really cool looking and is loaded with options such as laser beams that shoot from his eyes and missles that launch from his fingers. This was the third model of Mecha-Godzilla. This one offers alot more options that are standard as opposed to the previous two base models.

Godzilla will outlive us all, let's bask in the glow of his majestic presence.
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on April 11, 2004
This small review is for other reviewers. Hey people WAKE UP!
I can't believe how many reviewers are giving a bad rating to this movie without even seeing one frame of it.
Let's review other so-called "complaints" by so-called "die-hard G-fans". First of all the story: regardless of what others might say this is a really cool story. A great story worthy of an Oscar? maybe not, but a cool story anyway. Hey this is a sci-fi action movie after all and if you're looking for a deep story go rent a drama instead. Of course G movie have always had the same set-up but the real "joy" is how will he get out of this situation this time? Will he crunch civilians, destroy cities or completly annihilate his opponents? that's the joy of a G movie!
Knowing why MechaGodzilla is deffective or why SpaceGodzilla has crystals on his shoulders or why this monster is that is secondary! Most of us watch Godzilla for the destruction, not for an explanation on the meaning of life!
Second, people compaining about Godzilla' motionless moments: Again i'm sure many of you wrote your reviews without actually watching the movie as it's clearly stated (and also in the past 6-7 G movies) that MASER and Missiles have NO EFFECT on Godzilla. How can you complain about G not rocking back and forth from a missile when they have no effects on him!? He's indestructible, that's why MechaGodzilla was created in the first place, because that's the only weapon effective against him!
Third, bad CG/special effects: Whoa! hold on here a minute. This movie has great SFX, the quality of them in this movie has increased tremedously from previous G movies. The are many scenes using CG in such a cool way that you can't be anything else but impressed. Remember that most G movies have a budget at a fraction of many Hollywood-produced movies. We should applaud the creators for giving us great SFX that can rival anything that Hollywood can dish out.
Fourth, MechGodzilla and his own movie series?: ha i'm sure this one caught you off-guard. I wouldn't be surprised that MG finally gets his own movie series with monsters made specially for his firepower. Toho has been trying in the past 10 years to reinvent, or at least, update the Godzilla character without much success (well depending on who you talk to) and the upcoming "Godzilla: Final Wars" may be the last G movie, so why not go out with a bang and introduce new monsters/or updated monsters for a new line of kaiju movies? MechaGodzilla would be the perfect character to have his own franchise.
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on April 4, 2004
Praise Sony/TriStar for their quick release of this recent (December 2002) Godzilla film! Although there are no extras, this DVD offers fans of Japanese giant monster movies exactly what they want: the film in Japanese with subtitles! (You can choose to watch it dubbed as well, a good option for younger viewers.) Not only that, but the film is in gorgeous widescreen and 5.1 sound. Keep it up, Sony/TriStar! This is the way Godzilla should be seen.
The film is a fine piece of monster-mashing, better than the metaphysical and out-of-step "Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack" (2001) and the somewhat slow "Godzilla 2000" (1999), but not as wildly fun as "Godzilla vs. Megaguirus" (2000). The director of "Megaguirus," Masaaki Tezuka, returns and displays his usual sense of fun and deep love for giant monster movies (there are many homages to other Japanese monster films throughout).
Godzilla faces an old foe here. Mechagodzilla first appeared in the 1974 film, "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla," as an alien-built robot. He came back the next year in what would be the final Godzilla film of the classic era, "Terror of Mechagodzilla." The robo-monster returned in the 1990s Godzilla series, this time constructed by the Earth organization G-Force, in "Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II." This new science-fiction adventure brings the metal Godzilla look-alike back with a new origin story.
Like all the recent films, "Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla" revises the entire Godzilla timeline and starts from scratch. The first Godzilla died in 1954, but a new one suddenly appears in Japan in 1999. The government, accustomed to attacks from other monsters over the years, has a special military organization prepared to deal with Godzilla, but Godzilla is too much for them. As the years pass between attacks, Japanese scientists hatch a wild plan to stop Godzilla: use the first Godzilla's skeleton and DNA to create a bio-robot, a `mechagodzilla' that they name "Kiryu" (a Japanese guardian dragon). Unfortunately, the bio-robot has a rather destructive design flaw...
The monster fights are tremendous, with huge amount of city smashing and the beasts engaging each other in close, furious combat. Kiryu's rampage in Tokyo is a jaw-dropper for sure; the opening with military laser guns trying to stop Godzilla in a typhoon gets things off to a roaring start, and the lengthy final duel will please every monster movie fan. The visual effects are quite good, but not as creative as in "Giant Monsters All-Out Attack." The score from Ohshima Michiru is fabulous; she's the best composer on the Godzilla series outside of the original maestro Akira Ifukube.
What holds the film back are some slow patches in the first half-hour and many unexplained details about Kiryu. The redesigned Godzilla suit, adapted from the one used in "Godzilla 2000" and "Megaguirus" also presents problems. Godzilla moves far less here than he usually does, and it often seems that no one is in the costume. He exhibits much less personality and animation, and doesn't dominate the film the way he should. Kiryu instead steals the show: this is the best Mechagodzilla of them all, and it's astonishing to watch it in action.
The human story is surprisingly well done, with excellent actors who take their jobs seriously. The heroine is a pilot with a guilt complex about an earlier debacle against Godzilla who gets her second chance to prove herself against the monster. Her relationship with the lonely daughter of one of the designers of Kiryu is quite touching. (Strangely, the final scene about this relationship occurs AFTER the end credits. Weird place for it, so make sure you stick around until the very end of the film.)
Japan has already released a direct sequel to this movie (in which classic monster Mothra also gets involved!), so let's hope Sony/TriStar will release that one soon as well.
If you love giant monsters or good old-fashioned science-fiction film fun, get this DVD. ROAR ON GODZILLA!
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on May 19, 2016
Now it’s 1999 and the JSDF has created a Mechagodzilla from the bones of the original Godzilla, making it a cyborg............unlike the other Mechagodzilla, which came from outer space. Waste not; want not, they re-purposed the name. Naturally, they still want the same thing as all the other Godzilla movies, they want him obliterated!!! And as in the past, they employ missiles, which have never worked, to take him down (they don’t even slow him down!). They’ve also invented new fangled weapons like the Absolute Zero Gun and Masers. Because of its DNA computer, Mechagodzilla soon proves a bigger problem then Godzilla. “It’s as if it was Godzilla!” They have to wait for its batteries to run down before they can do a factory recall on the cheap piece of crap.

Interesting effort...............
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on July 6, 2013
Ever since the original Gojira movie I have loved watching Godzilla do battle with any number of big bad monsters. From laser spitting to web slinging he's beaten them all, even tag teamed with some of them later on to beat big bad monsters from outer space and beyond. Godzilla, when he's fighting another monster, doesn't quit. He just keeps pounding, biting, and shooting atomic flame out of his mouth until the other monster is beaten . . . but good.

As for this movie it was pretty cool to see Godzilla going up against a mech version of himself. I wonder what was going through his mind when he was in this battle. Maybe he thought the mech version was going to take over his territory or something. Whatever it was the mech version, while full of some nasty weaponry, didn't stand a chance against the real thing.

Go! Go! Godzilla!
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on August 19, 2004
Godzilla against Mechagodzilla 5 Stars

In 1954, a Godzilla creature arises from the sea and destroys Tokyo, killing millions. Luckily, the creature is killed with a super-weapon called the Oxygen Destroyer.

1961, Mothra attacks Japan. The Japanese retaliate with a heat ray gun.

1967, Gaira strikes and is driven away with newly developed maser-tanks.

1999, a second Godzilla creature attacks Japan, the military is powerless to stop him.

2003, Now. A powerful weapon has been built, a Mechagodzilla code named: Kiryu, to stop Godzilla. When all else fails, will it be enough to stop the King of the Monsters?

An action filled ride. Excellent special effects and monster battles. A good story, above normal performances, and excellent pacing.

(Warning: Spoilers)

While one might have the opinion that this lacks the sheer audacity of Masaaki Tezuka's previous work. Godzilla Vs. Megaguirus is, on it's own, an excellent addition to the Millennium series.

It certainly does have one of Godzilla's absolute best beginnings. Godzilla rising out of the sea, black as the night sky, walking through everything in his path, not paying any attention to all the weaponry being used against him.

Some people found the scenes where Godzilla simply stands there and takes all the artillery fake and annoying, personally I was of the opinion it was a testament to his invincibility & 'bravado.'

The sheer supernatural intelligence Godzilla displays as he `defeats' the maser tank, is great.

The heroine is interesting and played with real ability by the actress.

The scientist and his daughter is nothing new, but they form the triangle with the woman very well.

Kumi Mizuno is a welcome addition. The Prime Minister and the officer in charge of Kiryu add true authority to the leadership side of things.

The special effects and special camera shots are all done very well and no wires or other effects are visible. A definite improvement.

Mechagodzilla's newest design is great, giving the robot new power and beauty all at the same time.

The fight scenes are excellent clashes of power, featuring some great moments and the ending is perfect.

The music actually seems to have improved since Megaguirus, especially Godzilla's theme and the other themes are all very well done.

As others have noted, the fight scenes seem to mimic King Kong Vs. Godzilla. Mechagodzilla being flown in by aircraft is one example. One opponent walking away after being blasted with ray breath, the use of electricity, Godzilla being picked up and thrown by his tail, and the draw ending, with the two opponents hitting the water are others. Finally, the shot of Godzilla walking into the ocean away from the camera.

However, it also mimics Kong Vs. Godzilla in another non-flattering way. One of the costumes seems below par and unfortunately it's Godzilla's this time. While any Godzilla costume that looks like Godzilla is great, this suit seems to be the least of the entire millennium series. Let's face it, nobody was going to reuse the GMK Godzilla costume, nobody could see that Godzilla as a good guy anyway. However, this suit lacks any of the personality of that suit or the G-2000 suit. The G-2000 was quite possibly the best Godzilla suit of modern times, it seems incomprehensible to replace it.

The head is too small and lacks any expression whatsoever. The eyes are too big and fake looking when wide open. Even during the fight scene, Godzilla seems to hold his own, but on the whole it seems to be Mechagodzilla. In G. Vs. Megaguirus, Godzilla displayed real intelligence, real fighting ability. Here, it's a wonder this Godzilla didn't lose.

Of course this movie cannot be fully judged until it's follow up: Godzilla, Mechagodzilla, Mothra: Tokyo S.O.S. is released. Hopefully, all the problems (all of which are matters of opinion), will be remedied in that.

To sum up this movie, it's still great and still worth buying, just like any other Godzilla movie.
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