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Godzilla × MechaGodzilla
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Back for his 24th outing, Godzilla returns to face an updated adversary very familiar to monster fans. Fast paced with kinetic fight scenes, this entry is unlikely to disappoint fans of Japans most famous export. But audiences may have a nagging sense that this has all been done before.

After Godzilla destroyed Tokyo in 1954, the Japanese government created the elite strike force AMMT (for Anti-Mega Monster Troop). Armed with advanced weaponry, they successfully defend Japan from giant monsters until 1999, when Godzilla returns to devastate Japan. Shocked by their failure, the Japanese government seeks to create the ultimate weapon to destroy Godzilla.

The result is Kiryu (Mechanical Dragon), essentially Godzilla in mechanical form (Mechagodzilla). Created using some of the monster's own DNA as a blueprint, Kiryu boasts a formidable array of weapons as well as the ability to engage Godzilla in hand-to-hand combat. When Godzilla returns with destruction on his mind, the scene is set for the ultimate showdown between nature and machine.


CREDITS

Gojira × Mekagojira [Godzilla × Mechagodzilla] (2002)

CAST

Akane Yashiro......................Yumiko Shaku
Tokumitsu Yuhara....................Shin Takuma
Sara Yuhara........................Kana Onedara
Lieutenant Togashi.................Koh Takasugi
2nd Lieutenant Hayama..............Yusuke Tomoi
2nd Lieutenant Sekine...........Jun'ichi Mizuno
2003 Prime Minister Igarashi........Akira Nakao
1999 Prime Minister Tsuge...........Kumi Mizuno
JSDF Chief Hitoyanagi............Takeo Nakahara
Hishinuma.......................Yoshikazu Kanou
Dobashi.............................Koichi Ueda
Shinji Akamatsu....................Akira Shirai
Kaori Yamada.......................Midori Hagio
Gorou Kanno...................Naomasa Rokudaira
1st Lieutenant Hayama............Shinji Morisue
Nurse Tsujimori...................Misato Tanaka
Tank Pilot.....................Tsutomu Kitagawa
Maser Tank Pilot..............Hirofumi Ishigaki
Godzilla.......................Tsutomu Kitagawa

CREW

Producer........................Shogo Tomiyama
Director........................Masaaki Tezuka
Music...........................Michiru Oshima
Special Effects.................Yuichi Kikuchi
Screenplay.......................Wataru Mimura

Running Time: 88 minutes

U.S. VERSION

Released on DVD as Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla by Columbia/TriStar on March 23, 2004

Running Time: Approx. 88 Min.

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