Movies and Film

One More Round – Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)

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Godzilla Tokyo S.O.S. is the first direct sequel to a Millennium movie, that being Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, and it also recognizes the 1961 feature film Mothra as part of its canon as well. In a sense, this picture might skew a little younger, what with the presence of Mothra and her offspring, but it still remains a highly enjoyable movie that godzilla-tokyo-s-o-s-6anyone would be able to appreciate.

As the film begins, Mecha G is still out of commission due to his previous battle with Godzilla. While the repairs are extensive, the Japan Self-Defense Forces and the president of Japan have faith that if Godzilla rises again, they will be there to meet him. It is at this point that the Shobijin that represent Mothra make themselves known to Dr. Shinichi Chujo, one of the first men to have ever dealt with Mothra, and they present a warning and a promise. Mothra will protect the Japanese people if they return the bones of Godzilla back to the ocean and if not, Mothra cannot do anything for them. Things obviously do not go as planned on any front and just when it seems like all hope is lost, a young mechanic named Yoshito Chujo ends up saving the day.godzilla-tokyo-s-o-s-5

Being a sequel, you have to know that Godzilla and Mechagodzilla would face off once again and when it happens, their battle is just as good, if not better than it was the first time they faced off. When you factor in Mothra and her twin offspring, the movie almost resembles Giant Monsters All-0ut Attack. Mothra looks fantastic, big and bright and the special effects used seem to be a little better and especially noticeable when Mothra is facing off against Godzilla. Both Mecha G and Mothra bust out a couple of new moves and just when you think you have seen the giant monsters do it all, they continue to impress.

godzilla-tokyo-s-o-s-7Also front and center, aside from the creatures fighting it out, is that human drama that worked so well in the previous movie. While Yumiko Shaku is not back for this film, there are some new players in the game like Noboru Kaneko and Miho Yoshioka and more surprisingly, the return of Hiroshi Koizumi as the man who played Chujo in Mothra forty years previous to this movie. The acting is skillfully done by all involved and they make the drama and tension run high for the bulk of the picture. It is not as prevalent as it was in Giant Monsters, but it managed to wrap things up in a manner that was both exciting and in a way, a little sad, yet full of hope.

While there would be no further sequels to this film or to any other, this in turn being followed by Final Wars – the last film in the Millennium series, it would go out with a bang. As it stands, Godzilla Tokyo S.O.S. is one of the better films to be released in this end run, full of everything that makes a Godzilla film great and making you want to see it all over again.

4 out of 5
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