Godzilla: King of the Monsters - Ghidorah

At 8:55 a.m. on a Friday in the Tokyo suburbs, I sat down at my local Toho Cinemas multiplex to watch Godzilla: King of the Monsters. It was a fitting location to be in: first, because Godzilla destroyed landmarks from this very city in his first movie appearance back in 1954, and second, because the Toho chain of theaters is a subsidiary of the company behind Godzilla. Its theater in Shinjuku — the last stop on the train line where I live — is even situated in a building that is topped with a life-size Godzilla head. A couple of days later, I would commune with the spirit of Godzilla at an 8th-floor terrace cafe with a direct view of the head, before going downstairs to rewatch the movie and takes some notes.

In November of this year, Godzilla will celebrate his 65th birthday. Right now, he’s still averaging one new movie every two years here on his original stomping grounds. Toho’s homegrown series of Japanese Godzilla films boasts thirty-two entries alone. There was a record break of twelve years between Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) and Shin Godzilla (2016). However, with the latter film, plus Netflix’s anime Godzilla trilogy and two recent Legendary Pictures productions, the King of Monsters has been enjoying a global resurgence as of late.

Now, in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Hollywood has assembled its very own all-star kaiju flick, which draws from Toho tradition to present what USA Today called “the Avengers of giant creature features.” For the first time in an American movie, the gang’s all here: not just Godzilla, but also King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan. Their appearance in King of the Monsters is informed by past appearances in Toho films, so if you’ve seen the movie and are curious to dive deeper into its ocean of references, then prepare to embark on a spoilery submarine expedition through Toho history.

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toho expanding

The Japanese studio behind Godzilla is planning to expand to Hollywood. Toho, the movie group responsible for the creation of the iconic giant lizard, is expanding a subsidiary in the U.S. with the goal of working more with Hollywood. This may put in question the fate of Legendary’s mammoth MonsterVerse, the first series of Godzilla films to be completely produced by a Hollywood Studio.  Read More »

godzilla shared universe

Toho is creating their own Godzilla shared universe. Not to be confused with Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse, Toho’s shared universe will launch after Toho’s deal with Warner Bros. and Legendary comes to a close after 2021.

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Godzilla sequels

The anime film Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters opened in some territories today, but it won’t be the last animated adventure of everyone’s favorite kaiju. Toho Studios is currently developing two Planet of the Monsters sequels, with the intent to create a Godzilla anime trilogy. In other words, Godzilla will continue his never-ending reign of destruction for the foreseeable future.

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Godzilla Resurgence teaser trailer header

It’s been a year and a half since Gareth Edwards brought Godzilla back to the big screen, and it’s gonna be another two and a half years before the sequel hits theaters. But if you just can’t wait that long for your giant monster fix, Toho — the creature’s original creators — has got you covered.

The Japanese company has just put out the first teaser trailer for Godzilla: Resurgence, which is exactly what it sounds like: a resurgence of the dormant franchise. It’s not part of the same “universe” as Edwards’ movies for Legendary, but that shouldn’t take away from the appeal of watching him lay an entire city to waste. Watch the Godzilla: Resurgence teaser trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Taken 3

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Japan’s Toho Plans New ‘Godzilla’

On the set of Godzilla (Gojira) in 1954

Following the success of Legendary’s Godzilla reboot, the company behind the original Godzilla is getting back in the game. Japan’s Toho has announced its own Godzilla movie to open in 2016, two years ahead of Legendary’s Godzilla reboot sequel. Hit the jump for more details on the new Toho Godzilla movie.  Read More »

20th_century_boys

Some reviewing critics were irritated when, last year, Paramount screened Iron Man for press without the post-credits scene featuring Samuel L. Jackson. But that was just a kicker, and the movie held together without it. In Japan, Toho is doing something a bit more extreme with screenings of the last film in the 20th Century Boys trilogy. According to Variety, the distributor is showing the film to press…with the last ten minutes cut. Wha? Read More »