Godzilla Vs. Destroyah
"People who watch Godzilla to laugh at the stupid dubs will actually be touched by the tragic finale of the King of the Monsters. It's that good."
Godzilla Vs. Destroyah (1995)
Director: Takao Okawara
Writer: Kazuki Omori
Cast: Takuro Tatsumi, Yôko Ishino, Yasufumi Hayashi, Megumi Odaka, Sayaka Osawa, Saburo Shinoda, Akira Nakao, Masahiro Takashima, Momoko Kochi
Running Time: 103 min.
Plot: The aftermath of the Oxygen Destroyer brings forth Destoroyah, a beast intent on killing Godzilla, who is on the verge of a nuclear meltdown.
NINGEN'S REVIEW: You know the drill. Godzilla's unbeatable; Japan's Self Defense Force sets up another giant monster to defeat him; giant monster struts around long enough for fans to decide whether to buy the toys; giant monster winds up becoming a threat to Tokyo; Godzilla beats him up and saves the day. Of course Godzilla's a bigger threat than usual in this installment, because his heart's about to explode and take the rest of Tokyo with it. So the SDF hires the grandson of the original scientist who defeated Godzilla back in '54 to come up with some sort of oxygen monster which can contain the explosion. Called Destroyah, it starts off as a swarm of insects which resemble a cross between a preying mantis and the Alien queens. Unfortunately, it attacks the military instead then it merges, and lives up to its name. Needless to say, Godzilla has his butt handed to him, and actually has to rely on Godzilla junior and the SDF to bail him out. Originally created to be the last installment of the franchise, Godzilla 98 pissed off Toho enough to revive the series, until they recently decided to put Godzilla to sleep themselves with the Kitamura directed film. Destroyah would later be ripped off numerous times, particularly in Gamera 2. (Sorry, Kaneko, but Gamera's a punk. Godzilla doesn't need singing psychic children to save him! That's why Mothra's always getting his butt kicked!) Needless to say, there was a lot of heart put into this film, and the battles are epic and intense. People who watch Godzilla to laugh at the stupid dubs will actually be touched by the tragic finale of the King of the Monsters. It's that good.
NINGEN'S RATING: 10/10