The 2014 American reboot of Godzilla was a decent sized hit for Warner Bros and was received much better overall than Roland Emmerich’s 1998 attempt at the same franchise. Nevertheless, it still fell short in the eyes of a number of fans of the classic Japanese kaiju series.
In particular, some felt that the titular monster was sidelined in his own movie for a focus on human characters and that the film was missing the over the top tone that is typically associated with a Godzilla film. Many of those same fans are pinning their hopes for a more classic take on the series to Godzilla Resurgence, a new Japanese Godzilla installment from Toho and director Hideaki Anno.
Now, a new full trailer for the film has been released, offering a better look at the fast-approaching feature. The new film involves a reborn Godzilla attacking the city of Tokyo in a series of appearances that are at first dismissed as natural disasters. Though it has not been confirmed in any official capacity, many have speculated that the film’s visual style and narrative will be grounded in reference to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster of 2011, in which a series of nuclear reactor meltdowns were caused after a nuclear power plant was impacted by a tsunami.
The trailer, as with those before it, is light on plot and heavy on establishing the aesthetic of the film and the appearance of the new Godzilla (who is said to appear in multiple forms throughout the movie). However, the trailer does also prominently feature members of the human cast with an emphasis on scenes involving bureaucrats and government workers over the expected sequences of military engagement – further suggesting that the new angle may explore the idea of how modern infrastructure might respond to something like Godzilla actually appearing.
Director Hideaki Anno may not be a household name in the West, but among fans of Japanese cinema and in particular the anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, he’s an ubiquitous figure whose choice to helm a new Godzilla feature has turned the release into a major event for cult-cinema devotees. While having worked primarily in the field of animation, Anno has previously cut his teeth on the live-action film version of Cutie Honey. He is being additionally assisted on Resurgence by Japanese special-effects mainstay Shinji Higuchi, best known for his work on Shuseke Kaneko’s Gamera Trilogy and a previous Anno collaborator on Evangelion.
Godzilla Resurgence opens in Japan on July 29th, 2016.