GODZILLA: THE PLANET EATER Press Notes, Trailer and Pics From Toho
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
The King of Destruction, Godzilla, against the God of the Void, Ghidorah!
Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with press notes and high-res images from GODZILLA: THE PLANET EATER (GODZILLA 星を喰う者, Gojira Hoshi wo Kuu Mono), the final chapter of the landmark animated GODZILLA trilogy. Featuring animation produced by Polygon Pictures, the movie will have its world premiere November 3, 2018 — the 64th anniversary of the original GODZILLA (ゴジラ, Gojira, 1954) — as the Closing Film of the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF). It will then open nationwide in Japan on November 9 through Toho Visual Entertainment and Toho’s ODS (Other Digital Stuff) distribution division, followed by a worldwide release on Netflix in early 2019.
The following text and images are courtesy of Toho, with additional content from Polygon…
The human race is on the brink of oblivion. The “wings of its demise” descend before its eyes.
This is the concluding chapter of the animated feature film series, GODZILLA (aka “Anigoji,” a portmanteau of “anime” and “gojira”).
20,000 years into the future, the planet is ruled by the ultimate life form, Godzilla Earth. Pitted against him are the straggling remnants of the human race. The final chapter, GODZILLA: THE PLANET EATER, finds the Mechagodzilla City, the peak of scientific evolution and mankind’s best hope, burned to cinders. Godzilla Earth reigns supreme but he has one more challenge: the winged creature, King Ghidorah.
The Godzilla franchise entered new territory in 2017 with GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS (GODZILLA 怪獣惑星, Gojira Kaijuu Wakusei). As the first 3DCG animated, feature-length Godzilla movie ever, it offered a visual experience that was met with widespread acclaim and wonder when it debuted on November 17, 2017. The second chapter, GODZILLA: CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE (GODZILLA 決戦機動増殖都市, Gojira Kessen Kidoo Zooshoku Toshi), featured a newly-interpreted Mechagodzilla that only an animated rendering could accomplish.
With the concluding chapter of the saga, the King of the Void (Ghidorah) squares off against the King of Earth (Godzilla). When the dust settles, will there be anything left for the human race?
Directing the film are Kobun Shizuno, who last year topped the Japanese box office with DETECTIVE CONAN: THE CRIMSON LOVE LETTER (名探偵コナン から紅の恋歌（からくれないのらぶれたー）, Meitantei Konan Kara Kurenai no Renka (Kara Kurenai Nora Buretaa), 2017), and Hiroyuki Seshita, who has burnished his reputation for gripping animated storytelling with such TV and film franchises as KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA: BATTLE FOR PLANET 9 (シドニアの騎士 第九惑星戦役, Shidonia no Kishi Dai-kyuu Wakusei Seneki, 2015), AJIN: DEMI-HUMAN (亜人, Ajin, 2016) and BLAME! (ブラム, Buramu, 2017). Together this prodigious duo have forged a 3DCG genre of cutting edge expression. And now they bring all their talent to bear on this final chapter of the Godzilla saga.
The story and screenplay were written by Gen Urobuchi, famously known for his PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA (魔法少女まどか☆マギカ, Maho Shojo Madoka Magika, 2011) series and the 2012 animated movie, PSYCHO-PASS (サイコパス, Saiko Pasu). Urobuchi has a gift for creating mind-bending, innovative ideas that are sure to surprise and surpass audience expectations in this finale.
The film is produced by the internationally-acclaimed 3DCG studio, Polygon Pictures, four-time Emmy Award winner (Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program). Polygon is now at work on the latest animated series inthe Star Wars universe; STAR WARS: RESISTANCE.
Creating a brave new world soundscape with his bold yet delicate film score is Takayuki Hattori, who composed music for GODZILLA 2000 (ゴジラ2000 ミレニアム, Gojira Nisen: Mireniamu, 1999) and DORAEMON THE MOVIE: NOBITA’S TREASURE ISLAND (映画ドラえもん のび太の宝島, Eiga Doraemon Nobita no Takarajima, 2018). And returning to perform the theme song, “live and die”, is recording artist, XAI, first winner of the “Artist” category in the 8th Toho Cinderella Audition. She is again joined by musical composition producer Masayuki Nakano of BOOM BOOM SATELLITES.
A door opens and a golden seal shatters a star…
In the early 21st century, Mankind lost the battle for planet Earth to Godzilla, and has taken to the stars aboard the migrant ship, Aratrum, in search of a new home. Unfortunately, the search ends in vain, forcing them and their alien allies back to Earth. But, due to a distortion in space-time caused by the long-distance sub-space jump, 20,000 years have passed in their absence, and the Earth is a wholly different place.
The planet’s flora and fauna now embody and serve Godzilla. Earth is a monster’s planet, ruled by the largest Godzilla ever at 300 meters in height… Godzilla Earth.
The human protagonist, Captain Haruo Sakaki, yearns to defeat Godzilla and retake the planet for mankind. There, he meets the Houtua tribe, aboriginal descendants of the human race. The Houtua twin sisters, Maina and Miana, lead him to the skeletal remains of Mechagodzilla, an old anti-Godzilla weapon, which to everyone’s surprise is still alive in the form of self-generating nanometal. Taken from the Mechagodzilla debris, the nanometals have gradually been rebuilding a “Mechagodzilla City,” a potential weapon capable of destroying Godzilla Earth.
As the strategy develops, a rift forms between the humans and the Bilusaludo, one of two alien races that had joined the humans on their exodus from Earth. Their leader, Mulu-Elu Galu-Gu, believes that the secret to defeating Godzilla lies in the use of superhuman powers — namely, the nanometal integration — but Haruo resists, fearing that in defeating monsters, they must not become monsters themselves. Haruo ultimately uses his means for defeating Godzilla Earth to destroy the Mechagodzilla city so as to prevent nanometal assimilation, killing Galu-gu. However, his childhood friend, Yuko Tani, has been absorbed by the nanometal integration and fallen into a coma.
Once again, the human race is lost. Metphies, the archbishop of the religious Exif alien race, marvels that Haruo once again survived the battle with Godzilla. He espouses that Haruo’s life is a “miracle”, and begins to attract a stronger following to the Exif faith. The aliens have secretly harbored this outcome as their ultimate goal. Miana and Maina issue warnings against Metphies, while Haruo begins to question mankind’s next move.
With no means for defeating Godzilla Earth, mankind watches as King Ghidorah, clad in a golden light, descends on the planet. The heavens and earth shake once again as the war moves to a higher dimension.
What is Godzilla, exactly? Does mankind stand a chance? Is there a future vision in Haruo’s eyes? Find out in the finale, when it all becomes clear…
■ Godzilla Earth
Godzilla Earth is the original Godzilla, who first appeared in the United States in the year 2030.
After driving mankind off of the Earth, it continued to grow for 20,000 years and became a super-giant organism with a height exceeding 300 meters and a mass of over 100,000 tons. It boasts muscle fibers composed of body tissues containing unknown metallic elements that generated electromagnetic waves causing planetary-scale climate change. In addition to the “heat-ray” attack, Godzilla Earth has a “super vibration wave” attack capable of pulverizing substances to the molecular level by resonance fracture due to ultra-high output electromagnetic microwaves.
Long ago, the gigantic inter-dimensional monster Ghidorah appeared in the Perseus BD＋48°740 star system and destroyed its fourth planet, Exifilcas, the homeworld of the Exif. Since then, the monster has devoured and destroyed thousands of worlds using super-gravity.
Ghidorah’s three-necked incarnation is revered by the Exif as the “Golden King.”
CHARACTER AND CAST PROFILES
■ Haruo Sakaki
Classification: Human / Japanese
Haruo Sakaki’s parents were killed during one of Godzilla’s attacks, and he has held a strong hatred in his heart for the monster ever since. He has growing doubts about his leadership abilities after multiple attempts to kill Godzilla have failed, and instead resulted in the deaths of friends and allies.
Voice Actor: Mamoru Miyano
Mamoru Miyano was born June 8, 1983 in Saitama Prefecture. His major works include the anime DEATH NOTE (as Light Yagami), MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 00 (Setsuna F. Seiei), AJIN: DEMI-HUMAN (Kei Nagai), THE BOY AND THE BEAST (Ichirohiko), KABANERI OF THE IRON FORTRESS (Biba Amatori), THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS (Gilthunder), UTA NO PRINCE-SAMA MAJI LOVE (Tokiya Ichinose) and YURI!!! ON ICE (Jean-Jacques Leroy). He has been the voice of Ultraman Zero since the character’s introduction in MEGA MONSTER BATTLE ULTRA GALAXY THE MOVIE (大怪獣バトル ウルトラ銀河伝説 THE MOVIE, Daikaiju Batoru Urutora Ginga Densetsu THE MOVIE, 2009), and also played the lead character Newt Scamander in the Japanese dub of FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (2016).
Miyano has appeared as Prince Ismir in the stage production “Crest of the Royal Family” (王家の紋章, Ooke no Monshoo). A talented singer, he has released 16 singles and 5 albums to date.
Class: Civilian Priest and Lieutenant Colonel
An Exif alien, Metphies is an archbishop in the religious class of his race, and an ally of Haruo. The Exifs are a long-lived race, and Metphies has an appearance equivalent to a 25 year-old human.
Metphies was not surprised by the sudden appearance of Godzilla Earth following mankind’s defeat of Godzilla Filius, and his true intentions regarding the King of Destruction are unknown.
Voice Actor: Takahiro Sakurai
Takahiro Sakurai was born June 13, 1974 in Aichi prefecture. His main works include CODE GEASS: LELOUCH OF THE REBELLION (voice of Suzaku Kururug), BAKEMONOGATARI (Meme Oshino), AJIN: DEMI-HUMAN (Yu Tosaki), BLAME! (Killy), ANOHANA: THE FLOWER WE SAW THAT DAY (Atsumu Matsuyuki), PSYCHO-PASS (Makijima Seijiro), ACE OF DIAMOND (Kazuya Miyuki), KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA (Norio Kunato), MR. OSOMATSU (Osomatsu) and GENOCIDAL ORGAN (John Paul).
■ Yuko Tani
Classification: Human / Japanese
Yuko is a childhood friend of Haruo, who grew up with him following the death of his parents. Her slim and delicate form belies her heightened physical ability. Yuko is also skilled in the design and remodeling of weapons, and piloted one of the Vulture powered suits to battle Godzilla Earth from the skies above Machagodzilla City.
Voice Actor: Kana Hanazawa
Kana Hanazawa was born in Tokyo on February 25, 1989. Her voice works include STEINS; GATE (as Mayuri Shiina), PSYCHO-PASS (Akane Tsunemori), THE GARDEN OF WORDS (Yukari Yukino), TOKYO GHOUL (Rize Kamishiro), BLAME! (Cibo), ORANGE (Naho Takamiya) and MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION (Hinata Kawamoto).
In 2012 she made her debut as a singer and has released 11 singles and 4 albums.
■ Martin Lazzari
Classification: Human / Italian-American
Martin Lazzari is an environmental biologist; an eternal optimistic personality with a scholarly sense of curiosity. He is captivated by the possibility that the Houta are the descendants of mankind, and works diligently to communicate with them.
Voice Actor: Tomokazu Sugita
Tomokazu “Freedom” Sugita was born October 11, 1980 in Saitama Prefecture. His credits include the anime GINTAMA (as the voice of Gintoki Sakata), CLASSICALOID (Beethoven), BATTLE SPIRITS DOUBLE DRIVE (Toshio Mogami), MARCH COMES IN LIKE A LION (Tatsuyuki Misumi), HAND SHAKERS (Hibiki), MONSTER HUNTER STORIES: RIDE ON (Reverto), JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE (Joseph Joestar), POCO’S UDON WORLD (Shinobu Nakajima) and DRIFTERS (Count Saint-Germi) plus the video game METAL GEAR SOLID PEACE WALKER (Kazuhira Miller). He provided the voices of Ultraman Ginga and Dark Lugiel in ULTRAMAN GINGA (ウルトラマンギンガ, Urutoraman Ginga, 2013) and ULTRAMAN GINGA S (ウルトラマンギンガＳ, Urutoraman Ginga S, 2014), and also plays the lead character Walter O’Brien in the Japanese dub of the American television series SCORPION (2014-2018).
■ Adam Bindewald
Classification: Human / German
Adam Bindewald is one of the young officers following Haruo. He fought on the front lines against Godzilla Filius, leading a hover force in a successful strategy devised by Haruo.
Voice Actor: Yuki Kaji
Born September 3, 1985, Yuki Kaji hails from Tokyo. His anime voice credits include ATTACK ON TITAN (in the role of Eren Yeager), THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS (Meliodus), DIVE!! (Tomoki Sakai), AJIN: DEMI-HUMAN (Shinya Nakamura), BLUE SPRING RIDE (Kou Mabuchi), YO-KAI WATCH (Fuyunyan), MY HERO ACADEMIA (Shoto Todoroki), BLUE EXORCIST: KYOTO SAGA (Konekomaru Miwa) and THE HEROIC LEGEND OF ARSLAN (Hilmes). He is also the voice of Christian “Crispo” Powers in the Japanese dub of 100 THINGS TO DO BEFORE SCHOOL (2014-2016), and “Ace” in the video game FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0.
Maina is one of the shrine maidens of the Houtua tribe. Unlike her twin sister Miana, she is somewhat distrustful of humanity.
Voice Actor: Reina Ueda
Reina Ueda was born in Toyama Prefecture on January 17, 1994. Her major works include the anime HANAYAMATA (in the role of Sekiya), HARMONY (Miach Mihie), BAKUON!! (Hane Sakura), MINAMI KAMAKURA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS CYCLING CLUB (Hiromi Maiharu), SAKURA QUEST (Shiori Shinomiya), RECOVERY OF AN MMO JUNKIE (Lily), RECORD OF GRANCREST WAR (Aishela), MARCHEN MADCHEN (Arthur Pendragon) and SSSS. GRIDMAN (Akane Shinjo). In addition, she won a 9th Seiyu Award for Best New Actress Award in 2015.
Miana is one of the shrine maidens of the Houtua tribe. She is more curious than her twin sister, and rescued Haruo after his troops were annihilated by Godzilla Earth.
Voice Actor: Ari Ozawa
Ari Ozawa was born August 10, 1992 in Tokyo. Her key anime voice credits include MONTHLY GIRLS’ NOZAKI-KUN (as Chiyo Sakura), MONSTER MUSUME (Papi), POP IN Q (Asahi Omichi), BUBUKI BURANKI (Kogane Asabuki), ID-0 (Fa-Loser), LAND OF THE LUSTROUS (Benitoite) and CALIGULA (Naruko Morita).
■ Eliott Leland
Classification: Human / British
Eliott Leland was the commander of the Earth Descent Operation. He is frustrated with the decisions of the Central Committee regarding the efforts to defeat Godzilla.
Voice Actor: Daisuke Ono
Daisuke Ono was born May 4, 1978 in Kochi Prefecture. His major voice performances include the anime STAR BLAZERS: SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO 2202 (as Susumu Kodai), JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE (Jotaro Kujo), BLACK BUTLER (Sebastian Michaelis), MR OSOMATSU (Juushimatsu Matsuno), ATTACK ON TITAN (Erwin Smith), YOWAMUSHI PEDAL NEW GENERATION (Masakiyo Dobashi), DAYS (Atsushi Kimishita), IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD (Akira) and GANTZ:O (Masaru Kato), plus the Japanese dubs of GOTHAM (James Gordon) and GLEE (Finn Hudson).
■ Unberto Mori
Classification: Human / Italian
Unberto Mori is the captain of the immigration ship Aratrum and serves as a representative of the human race in the Earth Union. He was one of the soldiers who fought against Godzilla and was defeated before mankind fled Earth in 2048. The emergence of Godzilla Earth forces him to make a critical decision regarding the landing team.
Voice Actor: Kenyu Horiuchi
Kenyu Horiuchi was born July 30, 1957 in Gotemba City, Shizuoka Prefecture. He is a veteran voice actor with anime credits such as JOKER GAME (as Yuki), ONIHEI (Hasegawa Heizo) and GARO: DIVINE FLAME (German Luis); live action Japanese productions including ULTRAMAN STORY (Ultraman) and the Japanese dubs of American movies and shows like CRIMINAL MINDS BEYOND BORDERS (Jack Garrett), GODZILLA: THE SERIES (Nick Tatopoulos), ZOOLANDER (Derek Zoolander), THE KING’S SPEECH (King George) and WORLD WAR Z (Gerry Lane).
■ Halu-Elu Dolu-do
The chief of the Bilusaludo has an appearance equivalent to a 40 year-old human. Regardless of the situation, Halu-Elu Dolu-do doesn’t give into his emotions, instead looking at things with a sober and skeptical eye.
Voice Actor: Kazuya Nakai
Kazuya Nakai was born on November 25, 1967 in Hyogo Prefecture. His voice credits include the anime ONE PIECE (as Roronoa Zoro), GINTAMA (Toshiro Hijikata), SENGOKU BASARA (Masamune Date), BLOOD BLOCKADE BATTLEFRONT (Zapp Renfro), GOD EATER (Soma Schicksal), JOKER GAME (Fukumoto) and THE NIGHT IS SHORT, WALK ON GIRL (Seitaro Higuchi); plus live action productions like ULTRAMAN MAX (Ultraman Max) and KYURANGER (Okami Blue).
Class: Civilian Priest and Lieutenant General
Endurph is a cardinal in the Exifs cult, a moderate cleric who acts as the chieftain of his race. He has a physical appearance equivalent to a 50 year-old human.
Voice Actor: Kazuhiro Yamaji
Kazuhiro Yamaji was born June 4, 1954 in Mie Prefecture. His voice credits include anime like PSYCHO-PASS (Joji Saiga), ONE-PUNCH MAN (Silver Fang) and 91 DAYS (Vincent Vanetti) and the Japanese dubs of STAR WARS EPISODE 1: THE PHANTOM MENACE (Darth Maul), TRANSPORTER (Frank Martin) and RAY (Ray Charles). He also has acted in numerous live action films and television shows.
■ Kobun Shizuno
“We’re looking forward to bringing a spectacular entertainment experience for both existing fans of Godzilla and people new to the franchise. Please stay tuned.”
Kobun Shizuno was born in 1972 and has worked at Golden Creative (Beijing) and kry Inc. He began directing in 2004 with the TV anime DETECTIVE CONAN (名探偵コナン, Meitantei Konan), and was selected as supervising director for the 2005 American animated series G.I. JOE SIGMA 6.
Has also worked in directorial roles on EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE (ヱヴァンゲリヲン新劇場版: 序, Evangerion Shin Gekijoo-ban: Jo, 2007), FIST OF THE NORTH STAR: THE LEGENDS OF THE TRUE SAVIOR: LEGEND OF TOKI (真救世主伝説 北斗の拳 トキ伝, Shin Kyuuseishu Densetsu Hokuto no Ken Toki Den, 2009), NEGIMA! MASTER NEGI MAGIC: ANOTHER WORLD (魔法先生ネギま！もうひとつの世界, Mahoo Sensei Negima: Mo Hitotsu no Sekai, 2009-2010), the TV series KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA, and the DETECTIVE CONAN series of feature films (2011-2017).
■ Hiroyuki Seshita
“I’m thrilled to collaborate with two very talented colleagues, Mr. Gen Urobuchi and Director Kobun Shizuno to bring to life a unique vision of a universal human drama set in an epic world.”
Hiroyuki Seshita was born in 1967 and joined Links in 1989. He worked as a CG director/designer in various fields of CG/VFX including feature films such as KAPPA (河童, 1994) and PARASITE EVE (パラサイト・イブ, Parasaito Ibu, 1997), and TV commercials, game cinematics, etc.
In 1997, Seshita left for the USA to join Square USA and worked as Art Director on FINAL FANTASY: THE SPIRITS WITHIN (2001). In 2000, he returned to Japan to join Square (now Square Enix) and worked as a designer/VFX supervisor on cinematics for games such as FINAL FANTASY X (2001), FINAL FANTASY XI (2002), KINGDOM HEARTS (2002), FINAL FANTASY X-2 (2003) and others. He joined Casio Entertainment in 2004 and worked as VFX Director on Hitoshi Matsumoto’s films BIG MAN JAPAN (大日本人, Dai Nipponjin, 2007) and SYMBOL (しんぼる, Shinboru, 2009).
In 2010, Seshita joined Polygon Pictures and has since worked as a director on KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA, KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA: BATTLE FOR PLANET NINE, AJIN: DEMI-HUMAN and BLAME!
■ Gen Urobuchi
“I am very honored to join this Godzilla project as one of its Japanese creators. I’m grateful for all the support and really excited to be bringing this content to fans worldwide.”
Gen Urobuchi was born in 1972. He is a scenario writer / novelist who works for Nitroplus. He won “Best Scriptwriter” from the Tokyo Anime Award for his work on the TV anime PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA.
He has written screenplays of various anime, including PSYCHO-PASS, GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET (翠星のガルガンティア, Suisei no Garugantia, 2013) and EXPELLED FROM PARADISE (楽園追放 -Expelled From Paradise-, Rakuen Tsuihoo -Expelled From Paradise-, 2014). He also developed the story and wrote screenplays for the television series KAMEN RIDER GAIM (仮面ライダー鎧武（ガイム）, Kamen Raidaa Gaimu, 2013-2014) and was script supervisor on the film KAMEN RIDER GAIM: GREAT SOCCER BATTLE! GOLDEN FRUITS CUP! (劇場版 仮面ライダー鎧武 サッカー大決戦！黄金の果実争奪杯！, Gekijooban Kamen Raidaa Gaimu Sakkaa Daisakusen! Kogane no Kajitsu Soodatsu-hai!, 2014).
As a new challenge, Urobuchi created and wrote screenplays for the martial arts puppet television series THUNDERBOLT FANTASY (Thunderbolt Fantasy 東離劍遊紀, Sandaaboruto Fantajii Tooriken Yuuki, 2016).
■ Takayuki Hattori
“18 years after GODZILLA 2000, I am glad to be back in the world of the new Godzilla which was opened by SHIN GODZILLA. This is the first animated film in the history of Godzilla, and I am excited to be able to take on the challenge while at the same time I feel it is a very big mission. I think this will be a Godzilla movie that you can’t possibly imagine. I expressed in music my own feelings about the characters and the overwhelming presence of Godzilla created by the two directors, Mr. Shizuno and Mr. Seshita.”
After graduating from the Conservatoire de Paris and returning to Japan in 1988, Takayuki Hattori arranged albums and concerts for a wide range of artists from pop (Masaharu Fukuyama, Ringo Sheena, Masayoshi Yamazaki, JAM Project, etc) to classical (Yumiko Samejima, etc). He also created music for numerous TV dramas, including KING’S RESTAURANT (王様のレストラン, 1995), SUZURAN (NHK連続テレビ小説・すずらん, NHK Renzoku Terebi Shoosetsu Suzuran, 1999), HERO (2001), SHINSENGUMI! (新選組!, 2004), NODAME CANTABILE (のだめカンタービレ, Nodame Kantaabire, 2006) and THE FAMILY (華麗なる一族, Kareinaru Ichizoku, 2007). Since becoming a film composer, he has won three Outstanding Achievement in Music awards — for KURA (蔵, 1995), ABDUCTION (誘拐, Yukai, 1997) and WELCOME BACK, MR. McDONALD (ラヂオの時間, Radjionojikan, 1997) — from the Japan Academy Prize.
His credits include the stage musical “The Orchestra Pit” (オケピ！, Okepi!, 2003), commissioned by Bunkamura, the main theme for TBS’ THE WORLD HERITAGE (THE世界遺産, THE Seikaiisan, 2008), music director for the Japan Pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai, the NHK educational program HOOK BOOK ROW (フックブックロー, Fukkubukkuro, 2011-16) and MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM THE ORIGIN (機動戦士ガンダム THE ORIGIN, Kidoo Senshi Gandamu THE ORIGIN, 2015). He is also active as a composer for commercials and video games.
A veteran of the Godzilla franchise, Hattori previously composed the scores for Toho’s GODZILLA VS SPACEGODZILLA (ゴジラVSスペースゴジラ, Gojira Tai Supeesugojira, 1994) and GODZILLA 2000.
World Premiere: Sunday, November 3, 2018 (Tokyo International Film Festival, Closing Film)
Japanese Release Date: Friday, November 9, 2018 (Nationwide Roadshow)
US Release Date: TBA
Running Time: 91 Minutes
Haruo Sakaki: Mamoru Miyano
Metphies: Takahiro Sakurai
Yuko Tani: Kana Hanazawa
Martin Lazzari: Tomokazu Sugita
Adam Bindewald: Yuki Kaji
Maina: Reina Ueda
Miana: Ari Ozawa
Eliott Leland: Daisuke Ono
Unberto Mori: Kenyu Horiuchi
Halu-Elu Dolu-do: Kazuya Nakai
Endurph: Kazuhiro Yamaji
Haruka Sakaki: Saori Hayami
Akira Sakaki: Kenichi Suzumura
Directors: Kobun Shizuno, Hiroyuki Seshita
Executive Producers: Yoshihiro Furusawa, Akito Takahashi
Producer: Takashi Yoshizawa
Original Story: Gen Urobuchi (Nitroplus)
Screenplay: Gen Urobuchi
Series Composition: Gen Urobuchi, Sadayuki Murai
Character Design: Yusuke Kozaki
Assistant Directors: Naohiro “Tady” Yoshihira, Hiroaki Ando
Production Design: Naoya Tanaka, Ferdinando Patulli
CG Character Design: Yuki Moriyama
Modeling Director: Mitsunori Kataama
Art Director: Yukihiro Shibutani
Color Design: Hironori Nochi
Sound Director: Satoshi Motoyama
Music: Takayuki Hattori
Theme Song: “live and die” by XAI (TOHO Animation RECORDS)
Production Company: Toho Co., Ltd.
Animation Production: Polygon Pictures
Distributor: Toho Visual Entertainment (Japan), Netflix (Worldwide)
International Sales: Toho
© 2018 TOHO CO., LTD. © 2018 “GODZILLA” Film Partners. All Rights Reserved.
About Toho Co., Ltd.
Founded in 1932 and headquartered in Tokyo, Toho Company, Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of the Godzilla films, as well as most of the films by the world-renowned director, Akira Kurosawa. Besides film production, Toho also distributes Japanese films (earning the highest box office receipts for decades in Japan) as well as foreign films through its subsidiary, owns first class movie theaters throughout Japan, produces legitimate plays and musicals, and has more than 100 entertainment-related subsidiaries.
About Polygon Pictures
Founded in July 1983, PPI is one of the largest digital animation studios in Japan and produces cutting-edge entertainment content in keeping with their mission to “do what no other has done, in unparalleled quality, for all the world to see and enjoy.” Including their Malaysian subsidiary studio, Silver Ant PPI Sdn. Bhd., and visual software development company, J Cube Inc., they have brought together over 400 creators from around the world. Together as the Polygon Family, they devote their days to producing digital content for all types of media.
Polygon’s notable works include TRANSFORMERS PRIME and STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS (both Daytime Emmy award winners), Tron: Uprising (Annie award winner), KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA (Director: Kobun Shizuno), RONJA, THE ROBBER’S DAUGHTER (Director: Goro Miyazaki), AJIN: DEMI-HUMAN (Supervising Director: Hiroyuki Seshita, Director: Hiroaki Ando) and more. By fusing unrivaled technical and production planning know-how with the internationally recognized quality of Japanese animation, PPI aims to become a leading company in the content business.
For more information on Anigoji Trilogy, please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan:
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- GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS Update
- GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS – More Large Pics from Toho
- GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS Now Streaming Worldwide on Netflix
- GODZILLA: CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE Press Notes From Toho
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