Godzilla: Resurgence (Shin Godzilla)

  • In an unexpected twist, Funimation licensed TOHO's 2016 film, Godzilla: Resurgence (Shin Godzilla). Funimation plans to release the film in theaters in late 2016. The film will open in Japan on July 29, and will have IMAX, MX4D, and 4DX screenings.

    "The film is the 29th Godzilla film by TOHO, and the 32nd in the franchise. Evangelion director Hideaki Anno and live-action Attack on Titan film director Shinji Higuchi are collaborating on the film. Anno is serving as chief director and writer, while Higuchi is directing the new film and is also serving as visual effects director. Mahiro Maeda (Mad Max: Fury Road, The Animatrix, Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, "Kyōshinhei Tokyo ni Arawaru") worked on the image designs, and Takayuki Takeya (Kamen Rider Drive, live-action Attack on Titan) worked on the character designs based on the concepts by Maeda and Anno."

    The film's main cast includes:

    "Hiroki Hasegawa (live-action Attack on Titan films' Shikishima, live-action Princess Jellyfish's Shū Koibuchi, pictured center in photographs above) plays a person linked to the government when Godzilla attacks modern Japan. Yutaka Takenouchi (Hoshi no Kinka, Calmi Cuori Appassionati, Nagareboshi, left) plays another person linked to the government, and Satomi Ishihara (live-action Attack on Titan's Hans/Hanji, Pokémon the Movie: Black - Victini and Reshiram's Karita, right) plays an American agent.

    Executive producer Akihiro Yamauchi (Trick, Densha Otoko, Bakuman.) explained that the film's Japanese title, Shin Gojira or Shin Godzilla, signifies that it is not a 'revival' or a 'rebirth.' While it can be translated as 'New Godzilla,' it can also mean 'True Godzilla,' 'God Godzilla,' and other connotations. Chief director Anno coined the title to incorporate various possible meanings.

    According to a Sankei Sports' source close to the production, the story is mainly set in modern Japan, and America is also involved. At 118.5 meters (about 388.8 feet), the new Godzilla will be the tallest one yet, towering over the 108-meter-tall (355-foot-tall) incarnation in Gareth Edwards and Legendary Pictures' 2014 Hollywood film.

    Higuchi promised that this will be the scariest Godzilla yet, quoting the horrors of the real world, like 9/11, the March 11 tsunami, and subsequent Fukushima nuclear crisis having stripped the the world of its innocence. The film will use a hybrid of actors moving through miniatures (a staple of the early Godzilla films), computer graphics, and special effects."

    Source: (https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-07-21/funimation-licenses-toho-2016-shin-godzilla-film/.104574)

  • Very interesting. While I suppose they might not have it for the theatrical release, I hope they do not cheap out like with the Attack on Titan movies and not have a dub at all. Sure, in retrospect, the old Godzilla movies may fit perfectly as SyFy quality movies, but part of their charm is the dub.

    Am really looking foward to the BD release of Godzilla 1984 in a few months. Shame they couldn't get the 1985 version of it as well, but will be interesting in finally seeing the old TOHO dub of it.

  • On Funimation's shop page for Attack on Titan live action movie, English is listed with Japanese in the languages, so it sounds like it does have a dub. Is that right?

    "Languages: English, Japanese
    Subtitles: English"


  • Seems that way.

  • @SpacemanHardy:

    Seems that way.

    That's cool. I'd actually consider checking it out since they have a dub for it. Maybe they will do the same for the Rurouni Kenshin live action movies too.

  • Getting this license is pretty huge, right? I'm super excited to see it either way!

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  • Oh my, did not know that was updated, that is my bad.

    Back when it was first put out on RightStuf and our own October solicitations thread (http://www.funimation.com/forum/showthread.php?11721-FUNimation-amp-Giant-Ape-New-Title-Solicitations-(October-16)) it only mentioned the Japanese language, so I had just written it off. Another piece of good news I have heard today, aside from all the great reveals of Transformers figures from SDCC.

  • @nubguy:

    Chief director Anno coined the title to incorporate various possible meanings.

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  • Crunchyroll Feature Article: "Godzilla Resurgence" Review & Trailer

    By Matt Schley
    August 01, 2016 3:45pm PDT
    Originally published on Crunchyroll.

    The Big G"s first Japanese movie in 12 years Shin Gojira, AKA Godzilla Resurgence opened at number one at the Japanese box office this weekend. But how is movie itself and how does it fit into the works of co-director and scriptwriter Hideaki Anno of Evangelion fame? For those of you who can"t wait for FUNimation to release the film stateside (they recently acquired the distribution rights). Matt Schley, Tokyo correspondent for Otaku USA magazine, weighs in with his review below! (http://www.otakuusamagazine.com/)

    Godzilla Resurgence a Rebirth for Both Godzilla and Hideaki Anno

    A match made in kaiju heaven

    This may be the film Hideaki Anno was born to make.

    Make no mistake: though Godzilla Resurgence, the first Japanese Godzilla film in 12 years, was technically directed by both Neon Genesis Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno and Attack on Titan helmer and special effects wiz Shinji Higuchi, this is a Hideaki Anno film through and through. It"s also a reminder, after years in the Evangelion reboot woods, that Anno is one of Japan"s most unique directorial voices in either animation or live-action filmmaking.

    Resurgence opens with a bang literally. Within a minute of the film"s opening, a tunnel that crosses Tokyo Bay suddenly collapses, and the prime minister"s cabinet is assembled to figure out, in Trump-speak, what the hell is going on and how to respond. Only deputy chief cabinet secretary Rando Yaguchi (Hiroki Hasegawa) is bold enough to suggest the cause could be a giant monster, for which he"s harshly reprimanded until it turns out to be exactly that.

    While the monster surfaces and wreaks havoc, the prime minister and his cabinet change into (entirely symbolic) emergency uniforms instantly recognizable to anyone who was in Japan during the March 2011 earthquake and hold meeting after meeting, unable to decide what to do. Reluctant to deploy the military on Japanese soil for the first time since World War II, the prime minister demurs, allowing the creature to grow until it comes to resemble the Godzilla we know and fear. Meanwhile, the American government, growing weary of the Japanese government"s indecision, send in special envoy Kayoko Ann Patterson (Satomi Ishihara) to exert some U.S. influence.

    I don"t envy whoever has been tasked with subtitling this film: aside from lots of rapid-fire dialogue, the screen is covered at times, almost entirely with text, one of director Anno"s favorite filmmaking quirks.

    But this information overload has a purpose: to represent the utter confusion, helplessness and frustration following a major disaster. The almost comically glacial pace at which the cabinet deals with the disaster, totally contradictory opinions from so-called experts and the outsized influence of America on a Japanese incident all instantly evoke the post-earthquake days and weeks of 2011. If Gareth Edwards" Godzilla vaguely touched on Fukushima, Anno"sGodzilla Resurgence tackles it head-on and chomps on heady issues like the U.S.-Japan security treaty and inevitable great Tokyo earthquake at the same time.

    If it sounds like Godzilla himself doesn"t get all that much screen time, that"s because he doesn"t. Anno has learned an important lesson from the best monster flicks: that the monster is usually scarier the less it appears. And this new Godzilla is, at times, genuinely scary, especially halfway through the film when he unleashes a devastating attack that"s a first for the Big G.

    The special effects, the responsibility of co-director Higuchi, aren"t as impressive as the 2014 flick and with less than a tenth the budget, no one expected them to be. The CG generally gets the job done, though there are a couple questionable shots. It"s the Godzilla close-ups that appear to use a physical model, Higuchi"s specialty, that really shine.

    There are relatively few Godzilla films in the almost 30 to date that bear much of an authorial mark: the original, a vehicle for creator Ishiro Honda"s feelings about the horror of nuclear weapons; Godzilla vs. Hedorah, an anti-pollution polemic so hated by its producer that director Yoshimitsu Banno was supposedly banned from helming any future Godzillafilms; Final Wars, the martial arts-heavy actioner by Versus director Ryuhei Kitamura.

    Perhaps more than any of those films, Godzilla Resurgence is clearly the vision of one man: Hideaki Anno. Fans of the director will recognize many pet themes, visual motifs and aural cues (the film"s preparing-for-battle music cue is literally the same one used in Evangelion) from Anno"s filmography. And as heavy as this film is, it"s sprinkled with moments of incredible levity. The director has publicly stated (http://otakuusamagazine.com/LatestNews/News1/Hideaki-Anno-Updates-On-Evangelion-4-Godzilla-6390.aspx) how depressed making the new Evangelionfilms has made him, and this is the first time in over a decade I was reminded Anno has a sense of humor.

    Then again, Anno himself is famously influenced by giant monster movies and TV likeGodzilla and Ultraman ostensibly why he was given the job of resurging Godzilla in the first place, meaning that while he bends the Godzilla formula to his will, he never breaks it.

    Coming out of the theater, I overheard a couple saying that didn"t feel much like a Godzillamovie. And Resurgence is certainly unconventional. But what does a Godzilla movie feel like, anyway? A somber contemplation of nuclear power? A children"s romp through a monster-filled island? A battle between two famous movie monsters? The best Godzilla films have always reflected the spirit of their age, and it"s the ones that bend over backwards to be a normal” G flick that are ultimately the most forgettable.

    Using Godzilla to share his unique vision and touch on the issues of the day, Hideaki Anno has achieved a successful resurgence for both the Big G and himself.


    Source: (http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-feature/2016/08/01-1/movie-review-godzilla-resurgence)

  • i rather like the new "burned" look, to be honest… kinda how i felt the recent american godzilla movie should've been

  • Toho Studios takes you behind the scenes with the upcoming film Shin Godzilla, to see how the special effects company Shirogumi, Inc. uses state of the art technology to create the new look for Godzilla.


    Shin Godzilla is currently in its Japanese theatrical run, and will later be released in North American theaters by Funimation Films under the title Godzilla: Resurgence.

    Source: (http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2016/08/10/shirogumi-reveals-sfx-secrets-with-shin-godzilla-3dcg-featurette)

  • Is Funimation gonna do their own dub of the movie? If so, that would be so badass!

  • @exiakaiser We don't know at this time, but considering they dubbed both the live-action Attack on Titan and Rurouni Kenshin films, it certainly is possible. Basically it all boils down to whether or not Hideaki Anno and Toho Pictures will let them.

  • @SpacemanHardy I thought that the Attack On Titan Live Action movies were subbed only?

  • @Zethus Nope, they got dubbed.

  • @SpacemanHardy I checked the ANN website and they have most of the dub cast from the anime as their characters.

  • @SpacemanHardy I hope they do. I mean, Godzilla has always done will stateside, despite what the dubbers have done.

  • @exiakaiser said in Godzilla: Resurgence (Shin Godzilla):

    @SpacemanHardy I hope they do. I mean, Godzilla has always done will stateside, despite what the dubbers have done.

    I heard that the dubs are infamous for terrible lip-synching.

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