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The best film of the Showa era... • Monster Zero x SciFi Japan

The best film of the Showa era...

Discuss the original series of Godzilla films! From "Terror of Tokyo" to Puppy-faced Super-hero, the Showa Era had something for everyone!

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Postby CyHunter » Mon Aug 11, 2003 9:23 pm

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Postby Hairzilla » Tue Aug 12, 2003 12:40 pm

:shock: Agh! I can't believe that G' Raids Again completely slipped my mind while I was writing my previous post! Even though I'm fortunate enough to own a copy of the actual japanese version, it's still easy to forget that the film even is a part of the Showa series because it's the only one that is "out of print" in the U.S. and is never showed on tv. [Does anybody know exactly why Toho hasn't ever just re-released this particular entry under it's proper title and story?]

But I agree with you wholeheartedly, Allasaurz, there is definitely a lot to like about G' Raids Again, flaws and all.

No subsequent appearance of Angilas [That's how the american subs in my copy spell it - I'd love to know why this particular kaiju's name has taken on so many variations over the years. I've heard Anguirus, Angila, Anzilla...] throughout the Showa series was better than this one! Not only is he the coolest looking in this film, but he displays a serious ferocity not seen in any of his later appearances.

The monster battles are also the most believable, for a Godzilla movie, of just about any in the series I can think of past or present. The suitmation actors were obviously trying to create a feeling of two prehistoric animals fighting like, well, animals - with lots of shoving, biting, and clawing!

The overall tone of the film also retains the grimness of the orginal nicely, especially when Godzilla and Angilas start battling it out in the city. I especially liked a scene where, from the point of view of an unfortunate civilian caught on the streets, Godzilla's massive foot comes crashing through a nearby building! A genuinely creepy moment among the numerous badly done foot shots of the later films.

As for this entry's most noteable flaw, I'd have to reluctantly agree with other fan observations that, yes, Godzilla does have a distinctly goofy look this time around. [I'm surprised that the costume hasn't been dubbed the "Goofy Goji Suit" by now. So I hereby officially do so! I want a quarter every time someone says it. :wink:] But it was a forgiveable point given how well he was shot most of the time.

As for the human drama, the lengthier "love subplot" moments I definitely could've done without, but the human cast was enjoyable and, I think, more realisticly portrayed than many of the characters who would come in later entries.

Was G' Raids Again better than my previous choice for the best movie of the Showa series? I can't decide even as I type this, but it's a seriously close call. :D
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Postby angilas » Tue Aug 12, 2003 6:26 pm

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Postby walshbeme » Wed Aug 13, 2003 2:27 pm

Tough question! "Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster" for that one moment between Godzilla and the Japanese military after Hedorah is finally destroyed. You could hear a pin drop.
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Postby 234fanatical » Fri Aug 15, 2003 3:54 pm

Nah I wouldn't call the '54 film the best. That's overrating it. Its the most poular since it was what started the whole thing.

As for the best I would go with "Terror of MechaGodzilla."

Next would be "Godzilla Raids Again." this film is a constant reminder to me that Godzilla's enemy, Angilas is more of a manly fighter inlike Godzilla's friend, angilas
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Postby Rouge Message » Fri Aug 15, 2003 11:02 pm

Well, I've seen 25 of the (soon to be) 27 Godzilla films, and I've always felt comparing G54 to the films that followed is unfair, like comparing apples to oranges. G54 is in a class entirely of it's own. It comes from a totally different artistic purpose. Personally, I've always kept it separated from the others films.

(A digression -- I'm sitting next to a little TV and they just showed some PSA about being a good Father with clips from "Son of Godzilla" :lol: Talk about a coincidence...)

Where was I? Oh my favorite Showa G film. I guess it's kind of telling that I can easily pick a favorite Heisei or Millenium film, but I have the darnedest time picking a favorite Showa. Talk about a Golden Age.

I guess I'd have to go with Ghidrah, the 3-Headed Monster. I love the scene where he first appears, but the whole thing is just awesome fun from beginning to end.
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Postby Mothra » Sat Aug 16, 2003 9:21 am

ToMG was a cheaply-produced film made during an economic recession

Actually, the budget for the film was similar to the one used in the orginal Godzilla.
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Postby Buckaroobwana » Sat Aug 16, 2003 11:19 am

"Nah I wouldn't call the '54 film the best. That's overrating it. Its the most poular since it was what started the whole thing."

I disagree. One could argue that films like King Kong(1933) or The Lost World(1925) started the whole giant monster genre. Certainly Godzilla(1954) started the daikaiju sub-genre, but it's popularity stems from far more than the simple fact that it's the first one. Godzilla(1954) remains an absolute masterpiece of science fiction filmaking. It continues to be compelling in spite of a few effects shots that have aged poorly(I'm thinking of the wind blown toy helicopter in particular here). What never ceases to amaze me about this movie is how vividly real some shots appear to be. I'll put the scene where Godzilla approaches the electrical towers up against any CGI shot in Jurassic Park. Tsubaraya and Honda give this film a vivid newsreel atmosphere that creates an apocolyptic feeling of dread. And the climactic sequence where G destroys Tokyo has never been equaled on film.

Godzilla '54 is totally in a class by itself.
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Postby CyHunter » Sat Aug 16, 2003 1:30 pm

^^Nice.
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Postby CyHunter » Sat Aug 16, 2003 8:27 pm

Yeah...that's what I hate about KKvsG (aside from the stupid real-time photography they chose over fast motion filming). I mean, it's called King Kong vs. Godzilla, and yet Kong is nowhere to be found. Instead, we get a drunk, nacaleptic, oversized, electricity-spewing monkey. Bleh. It makes the whole movie moot.
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