Godzilla Minus One
“Godzilla Minus One” is a 2023 Japanese kaiju film directed, written, and featuring visual effects by Takashi Yamazaki. Produced by Toho Studios and Robot Communications, the film is the 37th installment in the Godzilla franchise, Toho’s 33rd Godzilla film, and the fifth film in the Reiwa era. The movie stars Ryunosuke Kamiki, Minami Hamabe, Yuki Yamada, Munetaka Aoki, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Sakura Ando, and Kuranosuke Sasaki. Set in postwar Japan, the storyline revolves around the emergence of Godzilla.
Takashi Yamazaki, known for his film “The Great War of Archimedes,” was selected to direct a Godzilla film. The script, influenced by the original 1954 Godzilla film and “Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack” (2001), took three years to develop. This marks Yamazaki’s third depiction of Godzilla, following CGI usage in “Always: Sunset on Third Street 2” (2007) and “Godzilla the Ride” (2021).
Filming took place primarily in Kantō and Chūbu from March to June 2022, with Shirogumi handling visual effects from April 2022 to May 2023. “Godzilla Minus One” premiered at the Shinjuku Toho Building on October 18, 2023, and closed the 36th Tokyo International Film Festival on November 1, 2023. Toho theatrically released it in Japan on November 3, coinciding with the franchise’s 70th anniversary. The film has grossed $20 million and received critical acclaim for its direction, performances, visual effects, action sequences, cinematography, and screenwriting. Toho International will distribute it in the United States and Canada on December 1.
Will Godzilla Minus One be in Theaters?
Yes, Godzilla Minus One will be in theaters. The film had its red carpet premiere on October 18, 2023, at the Shinjuku Toho Building in Tokyo, Japan, and it served as the closing film at the 36th Tokyo International Film Festival on November 1, 2023. Following its successful premiere in Japan, the film was released nationwide in Japanese theaters on November 3, 2023, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Godzilla franchise.
For its international release, Godzilla Minus One is set to be distributed in the United States and Canada by Toho International. The American release is scheduled for December 1, 2023, with screenings in over 1,000 theaters, including formats such as IMAX, Dolby Cinema, 4DX, MX4D, and ScreenX. The film will also be released in other Western countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Benelux, France, Italy, the Nordics, Poland, and Spain, with dates ranging from December 1 to December 15, 2023.
This wide theatrical release reflects the anticipation and excitement surrounding Godzilla Minus One, offering fans the opportunity to experience the film on the big screen.
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Godzilla Minus One Release Date
Godzilla Minus One had its red carpet premiere on October 18, 2023, at Toho Cinema’s theater inside the Shinjuku Toho Building in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The film received early praise, with some calling it a “masterpiece.” It served as the closing film at the 36th Tokyo International Film Festival on November 1, 2023, where it was shown with English subtitles. The nationwide release in Japan took place on November 3, coinciding with the franchise’s 70th anniversary, and the film was screened in 500 theaters nationwide, including various formats like IMAX, Dolby Cinema, 4DX, MX4D, and ScreenX.
An English subtitled version was also released in selected Japanese theaters on November 23. The American red carpet premiere and screening occurred at the Directors Guild of America Theater Complex in Los Angeles on November 10, 2023, with additional screenings scheduled at various locations. Toho International, the American subsidiary, plans to distribute the film in over 1,000 theaters throughout North America on December 1, with English subtitles.
The film is set to be released in other Western countries on December 1, including Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Benelux, France, Italy, the Nordics, Poland, and Spain. The UK and Ireland release by Anime Limited is scheduled for December 15. The film had its New Zealand premiere on November 22 in Queen Street, Auckland.
How Long will Godzilla Minus One be in Theaters?
The duration for which Godzilla Minus One will be in theaters can vary depending on factors such as its box office performance, audience demand, and the release strategy of the film. Typically, films have a theatrical run that lasts several weeks, during which they are shown in cinemas to reach a wide audience.
Considering the popularity of Godzilla films and the anticipation for Godzilla Minus One, it is expected to have a theatrical run for a standard period, which is often around several weeks to a couple of months. The film’s availability in theaters will also be influenced by the distribution and marketing plans of the filmmakers and distributors.
For the most accurate and up-to-date information on how long Godzilla Minus One will be in theaters, it is recommended to check with local cinemas, movie listings, or official announcements from the film’s production and distribution teams. They will provide details on the theatrical release duration and any subsequent plans for home streaming or other platforms.
Godzilla Minus One Cast
|Kōichi Shikishima, a former kamikaze pilot
|Noriko Ōishi, Shikishima’s partner
|Shirō Mizushima, a trainee on board the Shinsei Maru
|Sōsaku Tachibana, former Navy Air Service worker
|Kenji Noda, a former weapon engineer
|Sumiko Ōta, Shikishima’s neighbor
|Yōji Akitsu, the Shinsei Maru’s captain
|Mio Tanaka (ja)
|Tatsuo Hotta, captain of the destroyer Yukikaze
|Kisuke Iida (ja)
|Akiko, Ōishi and Shikishima’s adopted daughter
Godzilla Minus One Plot
In 1945, after World War II, Kōichi Shikishima, a kamikaze pilot, lands on Odo Island where Godzilla, a dinosaur-like creature, attacks and kills everyone except Kōichi and mechanic Sōsaku Tachibana.
Two years later in Tokyo, Kōichi struggles with survivor’s guilt. He’s in a relationship with Noriko Ōishi, and they’ve adopted a child whose parents died in the Tokyo bombing. Godzilla is mutated by U.S. nuclear tests, heading for Japan. The U.S. refuses help due to tensions with the USSR.
Kōichi joins a mission to stop Godzilla, but it regenerates from a mine explosion. The cruiser Takao battles Godzilla but is destroyed. Godzilla attacks Tokyo, and Kōichi plans to fly into its mouth to destroy it. Kenji, a scientist, devises a backup plan involving sinking and resurfacing Godzilla.
Despite challenges, Godzilla is forced to the surface. Kōichi sacrifices himself, destroying Godzilla’s head and atomic breath. At the hospital, Kōichi reunites with Noriko, who survived with radiation sickness. Meanwhile, a piece of Godzilla regenerates at the ocean floor.
Godzilla Minus One Review
Godzilla Minus One has received widespread critical acclaim since its release. The film has achieved a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 20 reviews, with an average score of 8.3/10. Metacritic, using a weighted average, assigned it a score of 84/100, indicating “Universal Acclaim” based on reviews from four critics.
Audiences and critics alike have praised the film’s quality, making it one of the highest-rated films in the Godzilla franchise. The Japanese review aggregator Filmarks gave it an average rating of 4 out of 5, surpassing even the original Godzilla (1954) and Shin Godzilla (2016).
Reviewers noted the film’s emotionally engaging storyline, powerful action sequences, and the director’s understanding of Godzilla’s societal implications. Some even considered it a high point in the long-running Godzilla series. While there were a few mixed opinions, particularly regarding its period piece setting, the overall response indicates that Godzilla Minus One has left a significant impact on both fans and critics.
Notable figures in the film industry, such as Hideaki Anno (co-director of Shin Godzilla) and Gareth Edwards (director of Godzilla 2014), praised the film’s technical prowess and its representation of what a Godzilla movie should be. The positive reviews suggest that Godzilla Minus One has successfully resonated with audiences and stands out as a noteworthy addition to the iconic monster franchise.
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