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Godzilla (2014)(Legendary Pictures)

An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros.
Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent
creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Gareth Edwards directs “Godzilla,” which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Kick-Ass”), Oscar®
nominee Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai,” “Inception”), Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy
May Marlene”), Oscar® winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient,” “Cosmopolis”), and
Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), with Oscar® nominee David Strathairn (“Good Night, and
Good Luck.,” “The Bourne Legacy”) and Bryan Cranston (“Argo,” TV’s “Breaking Bad”).

“Possibly the last of an ancient species of giant amphibious creatures that evolved at a time
when the surface of the Earth was over ten times more radioactive that it is today. Godzilla
can convert his radiation stores into a violent, focused exhalation of atomic ray. Rarely seen,
but spoken of in ancient Pacific Island myths, “Gojira” was last spotted in 1954, when the U.S.
Navy encountered and attempted to kill him with an atomic blast in the Pacific Ocean. Since
then, the giant creature has been living in the deep ocean – until a threat to his survival from
an ancient foe forces him to reappear.”
Godzilla (2014)(Legendary Pictures)

Directed by Gareth Edwards
Produced by Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni,
Mary Parent, Brian Rogers
Screenplay by Max Borenstein
Story by  David Callaham

Starring      

Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Ken Watanabe
Elizabeth Olsen
Juliette Binoche
Sally Hawkins
David Strathairn
Bryan Cranston

Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Seamus McGarvey
Editing by Bob Ducsay
Studio(s) Legendary Pictures, Warner
Bros. Pictures

Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Toho (Japan)

Release dates  May 16, 2014

Country  United States
Language  English
Budget  $160 million
What Came Last: Godzilla Final Wars (2004)(Toho)

Wars and pollution, relentless fighting and
environmental destruction, have all awakened
vicious monsters. Humankind therefore joins forces
with one another in order to drive off the monsters,
instead of killing each other. Thus, the Earth Defense
Force is born. Meanwhile, a new race of humans
with supernatural abilities, called mutants, was
discovered around the globe. The Earth Defense
Force gathers them and puts them into a league
called the M Organization. Their greatest enemy is
the king of the monsters who first appeared in 1954,
and have repeatedly threatened the world ever since.
His name is...
What Came First: Godzilla: King of the Monsters
(1954)(Toho)

Japan is thrown into a panic after several ships
explode and are sunk. At first, the authorities think
its either underwater mines or underwater volcanic
activity. The authorities soon head to Odo Island,
close to where several of the ships were sunk. One
night, something comes onshore and destroys
several houses and kills several people. A later
expedition to the island led by paleontologist
Professor Kyôhei Yamane, his daughter Emiko, and
young navy frogman Hideto Ogata (who also
happens to be Emiko's lover, even though she is
betrothed to Dr. Daisuke Serizawa) soon discover
something more devastating than imagined in the
form of a 164-foot-tall (50-meter-tall) monster whom
the natives call Gojira. Now, the monster begins a
rampage that threatens to destroy not only Japan but
the rest of the world as well.
MORE GODZILLA FROM THE VAULTS
Ryusei Ningen Zon (Zone Fighter)(1973)(Toho)

Zone Fighter, known in Japan as Ryūsei Ningen
Zone, is a tokusatsu science fiction superhero
television series. Produced by Toho Company Ltd.,
the show aired on Nippon Television from April 2 to
September 24, 1973, with a total of 26 episodes, it
was cancelled due to the oil crisis of 1973. This
was Toho's answer to not only the popular Ultra
Series, but the Henshin Hero phenomenon started
by shows like Kamen Rider and Android Kikaider.
The previous year, Toho had just made their
successful first superhero show, Rainbowman.
The series was also notable for its guest
appearance by Toho's own Godzilla, as well as two
other Toho monsters, King Ghidorah and Gigan.
All Monsters Attack (aka Godzilla's Revenge)
(1969)(Toho)

Ichiro is a highly imaginative, but lonely, boy growing
up in urban Tokyo. Every day he comes home
to the empty apartment he shares with his railroad
worker father and his restaurant hostess mother. His
only friends are a toy maker name Shinpei Inami
and a little girl named Sachicko. The only other kids
that are around is a gang of kids led by a bully
named Gabara. To escape his loneliness, Ichiro
imagines that he is on Monster Island where he
befriends Minya, the son of Godzilla. It is through his
daydreams that he watches Godzilla and Minya fight
other monsters, including one also named Gabara
who is just as bad a bully as the one that is
tormenting Ichiro. It is through these daydreams that
he learns that it is okay to fight back and face his
fears. These lessons also help him to outwit a
couple of bumbling bank robbers as well as finally
have the guts to stand up to Gabara and his gang.
Godzilla x Mothra x Mechagodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
(2003)(Toho)

The Shobijin (Mothra's twin fairies) warn the
Japanese government that Godzilla continues
returning to Japan because they used the original
Godzilla's bones in Kiryu's design. If they return the
bones to the bottom of the sea, Mothra would gladly
take Kiryu's place in defending Japan, but if they do
not, Mothra will declare war on humanity. Soon
enough, Kamoebas, a giant mata mata turtle, is
found washed ashore on a Japanese beach. It is
determined by the wounds on Kamoebas' neck that
Godzilla killed it. Godzilla and Mothra fight, but
Godzilla seems to have the upper hand. With the
repairs finished just in time, Kiryu manages to even
the odds, but Godzilla manages to knock out both
monsters.
OTHER GIANT MONSTER MOVIES
King Kong (RKO)(1933)

Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) agrees to star in a film
directed by Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong).
The two set sail on the S.S. Venture for filming on a
mysterious island in the Indian Ocean. During the
course of the voyage, Ann falls in love with First
Mate Jack Driscoll (Bruce Cabot). The island is
reached but the natives kidnap Ann and prepare her
as a sacrifice to Kong, a huge gorilla-like creature
who dwells on the island. Kong discovers Ann tied to
a native altar and carries her to his jungle lair.
Them! (1954)(Warner Bros)

In the New Mexico desert, Police Sgt. Ben Peterson
and his partner find a child wandering in the
desert and sooner they discover that giant ants are
attacking the locals. FBI agent Robert Graham
teams up with Ben and with the support of Dr.
Harold Medford and his daughter Dr. Patricia 'Pat'
Medford, they destroy the colony of ants in the
middle of the desert. Dr. Harold Medford explains
that the atomic testing in 1945 developed the
dangerous mutant ants. But they also discover that
two queen ants have flown away to Los Angeles and
they are starting a huge colony in the underground of
the city. When a mother reports that her two children
are missing, the team and the army have a lead to
follow. Will they arrive in time to save the children
and destroy the colony?
20 Million Miles To Earth (1957)(Columbia Pictures)

The film “Twenty Million Miles to Earth” and its
misunderstood monster both came from the mind
of legendary special effects genius Ray
Harryhausen. The films exotic local, Italy, also sprang
from Harryhausen’s desire to make a film outside the
confines of Hollywood. Once again his outstanding
stop motion work would help turn an otherwise
average monster film into a classic.
The Host (2006)(Bong Joon-ho)

Gang-du is delivering a meal to some patrons, and
sees a crowd gathering along Han River. He joins
them as they stand near the side of the river and
point at something under the Wonhyo Bridge. A few
moments later, the creature appears on shore
behind them, and begins to attack and devour
people. As Gang-du runs away, he sees Hyun-seo
emerge from the snack bar and grabs her hand
without stopping. He then stumbles and unwittingly
grabs a different girl. A short distance away, he
looks back and sees the creature pull Hyun-seo into
the river. Gang-du then sees the monster dragging
her on the opposite bank before disappearing into
the water.
ALSO FROM JAPAN
Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot (1967 - 1968)

The series, called "Giant Robo" in Japan was
produced by Toei Company Ltd., and aired on NET
(now TV Asahi) from October 11, 1967 to April 1,
1968, with a total of 26 episodes. The English
dubbed version of the series was produced by
American International Television as "Johnny Sokko
and his Flying Robot".
Raiga the Monster from the Deep Sea (2009)

It has been over six decades since the battle of
Deep Sea Monster Reigo and Battleship
Yamato. As global warming worsens, throwing the
ecosystem off balance, a disaster approaches
Japan. A mysterious, massive creature emerges
from the nearby ocean and a fishing boat
encounters an ominous deep-sea creature in Tokyo
Bay. Then a giant monster “Raiga” lands in
Asakusa, Tokyo! The Taito Guard is called out at the
request of the government, and a cut-throat battle
beyond all imagination begins…