Kodoani.com – New movie in the Godzilla franchise, “Godzilla Minus One,” directed by Takashi Yamazaki, was officially released in Japan on November 3, 2023, the 70th anniversary of the original Godzilla film. This work was screened at the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) and marks an important milestone in the history of the Godzilla franchise. The film will open in US theaters on December 1, expanding the popularity of the Godzilla icon to international audiences.
The film’s story takes place after the war, when Japan faced economic and social decline. Godzilla once again appeared and caused despair to the whole country. In this situation, the Japanese people must find a way to stand up and face the Godzilla disaster.
The film stars many famous actors, with Ryunosuke Kamiki taking on the lead role of Kōichi Shikishima, and Minami Hamabe playing the female lead Noriko Ōishi. The two once starred together in the TV series “Ranman.” Other cast members include Yuki Yamada, Munetaka Aoki, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Sakura Andō and Kuranosuke Sasaki.
Takashi Yamazaki, the film’s director and screenwriter, is also responsible for the visual effects. He has participated in many successful film projects, from live-action films to CG films. Some of his famous works include “Always: Sunset on Third Street,” “Returner” and “Parasyte.”
Following Hideaki Anno’s “Shin Godzilla”, “Godzilla Minus One” is the next Godzilla film produced by TOHO, ending a long period without a sequel in the franchise. “Shin Godzilla” was very successful and grossed 8.2 billion yen (about 75.6 million USD) in Japan. However, TOHO decided to restart the series with this movie.
In addition, the Warner Bros. “Godzilla vs. Kong” series and Legendary Entertainment created a stir in cinemas in 2021 and will have a sequel titled “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” scheduled to release on April 12, 2024. Series “Monarch: Legacy of Legendary Entertainment’s Monsters” will also be available on the Apple TV+ streaming service on November 17.
According to: Kodoani.com