Category Archives: Toho

The Return of Tuna Head

Deadly Movies Cameos: American Godzilla in Godzilla Final Wars’ (2004), Dir Ryuhei Kitamura

So back in 1998 Hollywood had a limp stab at making a Godzilla movie, replacing Tokyo with New York, Toho with Roland Emmerich, and importantly introducing a whole new Godzilla design. Gone was the man in a suit, in came a full CG monster. The box office and critical response was tepid to say the least, the Japanese response was like a sake hangover. In official Japanese Godzilla mythology the monster that came ashore in New York was not Godzilla but rather a rogue Kaiju (large strange beast) that the silly Americans mistakenly identified as the Godzilla. Doh. So, game for a laugh, in 2004, Toho had yankzilla (lovingly referred to as tuna head) and japzilla face off against each other on the mean streets of Sydney (neutral territory perhaps?). You see yankzilla was just another Kaiju being deployed by evil aliens to take japzilla down (you can’t make this stuff up, unless your pissed on sake). Needless to say yankzilla has his ass handed to him and ends up neck-deep in Sydney Oprah House. All I can say isあなたは土台のマグロの頭です! You sure are, you sure are. (Don’t speak Japanese? Go here)

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The Champ is Here

Deadly Movies Reviews|The Return of Godzilla (1984) aka Godzilla 1985

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King of monsters? Can it be disputed? No not really. Godzilla has a massive 28 movies under his belt (29 if you count the 1997 American one, some do some don’t) and this is part 16 and in a way part 2. The Return of Godzilla invites you to forget all preceding Godzilla films, except for the 1954 original. So it’s a sequel, he hasn’t been seen for 30 years, horror fans get into Halloween H20 mode. The Return of Godzilla feels like one of those back to basics films. When a franchise gets out of control, goes too far from the source material, gets too silly, you strip it all back and start again. So there is no Godzilla versus, no other monsters, no hero Godzilla coming to the rescue, and best of all no Minilla (the annoying son of Godzilla). Continue reading

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