‘Godzilla’ Gets a Japanese Trailer, TV Spot and IMAX Poster

Published 1 year ago by , Updated April 25th, 2014 at 6:35 am,

When Roland Emmerich rebooted classic Japanese kaiju movie Godzilla as a big-budget American disaster movie in 1998, one of the taglines used on posters was “Size Does Matter.” If that’s true, then the Godzilla of Gareth Edwards’ upcoming reboot has a lot to be confident about, since he’s so enormous that he more closely resembles a moving mountain then a mutated lizard.

Like others before it, the new Japanese trailer for Godzilla is tonally a lot closer to a horror movie than an action movie. Opening with Bryan Cranston’s character, Joe Brody, giving an enraged monologue about the so-called “natural disaster” that tore his family apart, the trailer couples scenes of escalating destruction with Alexandre Desplat’s chilling score.

Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have also released a new TV spot for Japanese audiences, which is essentially an abridged version of the trailer with slightly different music.

Godzilla‘s Japanese heritage extends far beyond international trailers, however. From what’s been shown so far, it seems clear that every effort is being made to pay tribute to the origins of the franchise. Take, for example, the new IMAX poster for Godzilla, which gives a pretty clear look at the creature silhouetted against the white and red of the Japanese flag. You have to admire the soldiers down below who are optimistically pointing their guns at Godzilla, but if nuclear bombs couldn’t take him out then they’ll probably need more than a few bullets.


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Godzilla is enough of a problem by himself – he can’t even sneeze without destroying a building or two – but there’s more than just one giant monster to worry about in this reboot. Tie-in toys for the movie recently unveiled Godzilla’s new enemy: a black and red beast with wings(?) and… hooked appendages. We’ll have to see it in action before we can figure out how all those limbs actually work.

If Godzilla and his buddy don’t end up tearing each other to pieces, we might be better off cutting our losses and leaving Earth to be taken over by giant monsters. Maybe we could move to Mars and make a fresh start.


Godzilla is out in theaters on May 16, 2014.

Source: Warner Bros. &  Legendary Pictures (via Latino-Review)

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  1. Godzirra!

  2. I will be interested to see Japan’s response to the new Gojira film. He’s like a national treasure for them.

  3. hate to break it to you, but that is NOT Alexandre Desplat’s score for the movie. that’s a piece of classical music, the same piece used whenever they showed the monolith in Kubrick’s 2001.

    I don’t feel like looking it up right now, it’s a “Requiem” mass by either Ligeti or Penderecki, (they both wrote one, and have similar musical styles, which is why I often confuse them).

  4. Classic ”TOHO LOGO” on the opening was great on it’s own…

    Love this trailer, the final shot of Godzilla’s body is from wonder-con video but they stopped before the face reveal.

    So excited.. Opening day IMAX

  5. All I ever get with these trailers is the ad at the beginning on a loop … What the

  6. His feet look goofy.

    • They are small, short and stubby compare with the usual LARGE feet :D

    • They won’t be so goofy when you see him wreck havoc!

    • Aw, C’MON! He looks nothing like Goofy!

  7. Among my 2 most anticipated movies this year. Definitely looking forward to this one!

  8. I like this poster better, it feels gritty and we can see Gojira’s face (though not clearly)

    This May will burn my movie budget

  9. It will be interesting to see how this fairs in Japan. I’ve heard kaiju movies have been on the wane over there for a while now, assuming I haven’t been mislead.
    Any native Japanese readers out there willing to shed some light on the subject?

    Ultimately, however, I’m hoping for a kaiju revival across the board. Not just because I want this movie to be as awesome as it looks, but also because I’m hoping a Pacific Rim 2 can ride in on the coattails of this Godzilla. :D

  10. Isn’t it odd that the trailer gives a July release date, and Japan isn’t even listed on the official site’s worldwide release date?

    • The imdb has listed the Japanese release date as July 25, the latest release date of them all. Everyone else listed there gets the movie on the 15th or 16th of May, except for Cambodia and South Africa who have the release on May 22 and May 30, respectively. Strange.

      I wonder if they plan on pulling a “Godzilla 1954″ and replace some of the American actors with Japanese ones for their version. :D