Godzilla films from onetime directors

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Favorite Godzilla films from onetime directors?

Godzilla Raids Again (1955, Motoyoshi Oda)
2
4%
Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971, Yoshimitsu Banno)
9
19%
Return of Godzilla (1984, Koji Hashimoto)
9
19%
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994, Kensho Yamashita)
0
No votes
GMK (2001, Shusuke Kaneko)
15
32%
Godzilla: Final Wars (2004, Ryuhei Kitamura)
1
2%
Shin Godzilla (2016, Hideaki Anno/Shinji Higuchi)
11
23%
 
Total votes : 47

Godzilla films from onetime directors

Postby tbeasley » Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:36 pm

Some directors have helmed multiple films in the series - Ishiro Honda (8), Jun Fukuda (5), Kazuki Omori (2), Takao Okawara (4), Masaaki Tezuka (3) - while other have only been involved in a single film. Which are your favorites?
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Re: Godzilla films from onetime directors

Postby Reaper G » Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:27 am

"Hedorah" was the first Godzilla movie I saw, so Banno got my vote.
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Re: Godzilla films from onetime directors

Postby Benjamin Haines » Sat Dec 03, 2016 5:13 pm

Godzilla vs. Hedorah is my favorite of these movies but Godzilla: Final Wars and Shin Godzilla are high up there for me and I also like The Return of Godzilla and GMK a lot.

Hedorah remains one of the most unique Godzilla films ever made even now. I love the way it blends horror, sci-fi, and environmentalist themes with a distinctly early-'70s flavor. The cast does a good job of carrying the story and the rivalry that builds between Godzilla and Hedorah is palpable. The movie is just a blast, zany music and cartoon interstitials included.
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Re: Godzilla films from onetime directors

Postby jellydonut25 » Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:07 pm

Wow. When you lump them all together like that, it becomes pretty apparent (at least to me personally) that the one-off director films are represent the least enjoyable bunch as a whole. Again, that's just for me personally and where I rank the movies.
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Re: Godzilla films from onetime directors

Postby lhb412 » Thu Dec 08, 2016 9:15 pm

I really like a few of these, but right now I'm gonna give Shin the edge, GMK under that, Hedorah behind that, then Return, Raids, Final Wars, and Spacegodzilla.

Of course, Kaneko and Anno are still working, and who knows; maybe they won't be onetime directors in the end. Of course, even if he's a onetime Godzilla director it's hard to think of Kaneko as one with four kaiju films and several Ultraman episodes under his belt.
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Re: Godzilla films from onetime directors

Postby DannyBeane » Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:02 pm

SpaceGodzilla and GFW are the only films I don't really care for. GRA is one of my all time favs. Smog Monster and G 85 are always in rotation. GMK has its moments.
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Re: Godzilla films from onetime directors

Postby Specium Ray » Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:05 pm

I voted for Hedorah as a reflex before realizing Shin was on the list. Shin might be a better movie, but I have like Hedorah for longer :p
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Re: Godzilla films from onetime directors

Postby H-Man » Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:42 pm

I voted for Banno, Hashimoto, Kaneko, and Anno. The other three directors made some of my least favorite series entries.
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Re: Godzilla films from onetime directors

Postby Benjamin Haines » Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:09 pm

lhb412 wrote:Of course, Kaneko and Anno are still working, and who knows; maybe they won't be onetime directors in the end.


Ryuhei Kitamura could still direct another Godzilla movie. :)
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Re: Godzilla films from onetime directors

Postby O.Supreme » Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:34 pm

H-Man wrote:I voted for Banno, Hashimoto, Kaneko, and Anno. The other three directors made some of my least favorite series entries.


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Re: Godzilla films from onetime directors

Postby Specium Ray » Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:35 pm

Wasn't Banno somehow indirectly responsible for Legendary?
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Re: Godzilla films from onetime directors

Postby Benjamin Haines » Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:45 pm

Specium Ray wrote:Wasn't Banno somehow indirectly responsible for Legendary?


Yes indeed. Banno and producer Kenji Okuhira obtained the rights from Toho in 2004 to produce a short 3-D Godzilla film for IMAX theaters. As they tried to find investors for "Godzilla 3-D To The Max" in the following years, with promotional art depicting Godzilla in Las Vegas, one of the people who joined the project was producer Brian Rogers. He eventually pitched the IMAX 3-D Godzilla project to Legendary Pictures and after a lot of negotiation that involved Warner Bros. and Toho, the movie finally got made as a feature-length production, with Rogers credited in the finished film as a producer and Banno and Okuhira as executive producers. Las Vegas did end up getting wrecked but by a MUTO.
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Re: Godzilla films from onetime directors

Postby lhb412 » Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:36 pm

^ "Godzilla 3-D to the Max!" Those were interesting times, after Toho had stopped all Godzilla operations but before Legendary came into the picture. There was nothing else for us fans to talk about at the time.

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lhb412 wrote:Of course, Kaneko and Anno are still working, and who knows; maybe they won't be onetime directors in the end.


Ryuhei Kitamura could still direct another Godzilla movie. :)


You know, I was gonna post something like "Don't say that!" or the like, but in truth I don't think Kitamura necessarily would spell doom for a movie. If you had someone collaborating with him to rein him in sometimes (a producer?), a good writer, better special effects, and maybe Kitamura himself has learned from his mistakes on GFW... not saying I want it to happen.
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Re: Godzilla films from onetime directors

Postby kiryugoji04 » Mon Dec 12, 2016 4:11 pm

His original idea for a Godzilla film seemed pretty interesting. Basically Versus meets the Ebirah scene from Final Wars but with Godzilla in Ebirah's place and stretched out to a full movie, yeah? I'd watch that.
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Re: Godzilla films from onetime directors

Postby klen7 » Mon Dec 12, 2016 8:06 pm

^ I would hate that.
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Re: Godzilla films from onetime directors

Postby kiryugoji04 » Tue Dec 13, 2016 4:18 am

I think it would be a pretty unique take on the genre. Could look incredible if it was pulled off with traditional tokusatsu effects like the aforementioned Ebirah scene.
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Re: Godzilla films from onetime directors

Postby jellydonut25 » Fri Dec 16, 2016 12:31 pm

I think Kitamura without Tomiyama hanging over him, forcing him to do certain things, could me a really good and very interesting Godzilla film.

Kaneko too, for that matter.

I'd not hate to see either one get an auteur crack at a Godzilla film.
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Re: Godzilla films from onetime directors

Postby lhb412 » Fri Dec 16, 2016 11:05 pm

kiryugoji04 wrote:His original idea for a Godzilla film seemed pretty interesting. Basically Versus meets the Ebirah scene from Final Wars but with Godzilla in Ebirah's place and stretched out to a full movie, yeah? I'd watch that.


I had no idea. A movie-length action sequence with superhumans stalking Godzilla through one of his rampages?

Combine that with the opening of G2K: a ragtime group of scientists try to monitor Godzilla in close proximity during one of his rampages and the movie captures this in realtime! Hell, I just love the realtime idea: you could do anything with the concept; you could introduce an original enemy monster and not have to explain where it came from because how would you figure that out as it's happening?
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Re: Godzilla films from onetime directors

Postby kiryugoji04 » Sat Dec 17, 2016 3:36 pm

I think it was supposed to be escaped criminals, a la VERSUS. Or maybe even criminals forced into the job like a Suicide Squad sort of deal? Dunno. I definitely remember the word "criminals."
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Re: Godzilla films from onetime directors

Postby H-Man » Sat Dec 17, 2016 5:27 pm

H!O: Tell us about the development of the story.

KITAMURA: There were lots of ideas, I guess. I first met with the producer last May, right after Toho released AZUMI. Toho liked AZUMI very much, so they introduced me to the producer, and he said they were asking everybody to come up with ideas for the 50th anniversary Godzilla movie. So I wrote a story, which was more like a CON AIR type of movie, with convicts fighting against Godzilla. It was interesting, but everybody ignored that story [laughs]. So right after AZUMI, I started shooting SKYHIGH, so I was busy for about four months, and I think meanwhile the producer gathered lots and lots of different ideas and stories. And after SKYHIGH, I met Tomiyama-san again, and by then he had made up his mind that this was going to be last Godzilla movie for a while. He wanted to do kind of like a 'greatest hits' album, he wanted to include every element from the series. He gave me the synopsis that the screenwriter [Wataru Mimura] had written, and it was basically the same storyline as the film.


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Re: Godzilla films from onetime directors

Postby tbeasley » Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:40 pm

kiryugoji04 wrote:I think it would be a pretty unique take on the genre. Could look incredible if it was pulled off with traditional tokusatsu effects like the aforementioned Ebirah scene.

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jellydonut25 wrote:I think Kitamura without Tomiyama hanging over him, forcing him to do certain things, could me a really good and very interesting Godzilla film.

From everything I've read Kitamura was given a larger budget and more creative freedom than any other director involved in the series, which backfired tremendously when FW bombed hard in Japan. Kitamura (a la Emmerich/Devlin) made exactly the type of film he wanted to make and Toho risked that.
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