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GODZILLA VS KING GHIDORAH: Time Travel and the Origins of Godzilla
Explaining the Heisei Godzilla Timeline
Author: Keith Aiken
Special Thanks to Oki Miyano and Bruce Goldstein
Nine years after TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (Mekagojira no Gyakushu, 1975), Toho and producer Tomoyuki Tanaka decided to revive the Godzilla franchise. Rather than continue where the previous movie left off, Tanaka chose to make the new film THE RETURN OF GODZILLA (Gojira, a.k.a. GODZILLA 1985, 1984) a direct sequel to the original GODZILLA that would ignore all the other movies in the series. THE RETURN OF GODZILLA in turn began a new series of seven films that ran from 1984-1995. With six of the seven movies being made during Japan’s Heisei Period, the second cycle of Godzilla films are generally referred to as the Heisei series.
The first two Heisei films, THE RETURN OF GODZILLA and GODZILLA VS BIOLLANTE (Gojira tai Biorante, 1989), were moderately successful, but the third movie GODZILLA VS KING GHIDORAH (Gojira tai Kingughidora, 1991) was a big hit at the Japanese box office. Godzilla battling one of his most famous foes proved to be an irresistible lure for ticket buyers, but the story— about time travelers going back to 1944 in an attempt to prevent the creation of Godzilla— was extremely convoluted and confusing. Sixteen years after GODZILLA VS KING GHIDORAH was made, many viewers are still perplexed by what the movie was about and how it relates to the other films in the Heisei series.