'Godzilla' Set Videos & Images Suggest Japanese Setting


Having built up a good deal of hype with a well-received teaser presentation at last year's San Diego Comic-Con, director Gareth Edwards' reboot of Godzilla is an undeniably hot (and hotly-anticipated) property. After assembling a top-notch cast, the movie just recently began production in British Columbia.

Extremely little is known about the actual content of the Godzilla script, including exactly where the titular radioactive lizard will wreak his signature havoc. Clues (or, perhaps, red herrings) to the setting of the film were recently dropped in the first set video from the production, released by Edwards himself.

As you can see above, the first official video released by the Godzilla production remains coy as to any actual content of the film. However, the camera lingering on airport signs in Japanese does suggest that the film will at least partially take place on the big green monster's native islands.

Edwards' semi-exhausted celebration of his first shot isn't the only Godzilla-related video released in previous days. The second was apparently shot by local residents around the set in Nanaimo, British Columbia. You can check out the brief footage (set appropriately to Blue Öyster Cult's classic song, "Godzilla") below:

The above video of charred cars and helicopters does little to confirm or deny Godzilla's setting. One might interpret the brief glimpse of a bamboo fence and decrepit fishing structure as hinting at a stomp through rural Japan, but this is speculation at best.

There is one definite item one can take from this short video – Edwards' reinterpretation of Godzilla will likely not skimp on the carnage. Recent images taken on the set definitely indicate a large scale military presence in the film, and this footage of burning vehicles suggests that human resistance against a rampaging, titanic monster will be just as fruitless as it's ever been.


Thus we come to the real question of the moment: Will Gareth Edwards have British Columbia fill in for Japan? Much of Godzilla's primary cast is North American or European in origin (with the notable exception of Ken Watanabe), but this doesn't rule the film out of at least starting (or traveling to) Japan. This jibes with previous comments that this version of Godzilla will be a return to the franchise's darker, disaster movie roots.

Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more news on what's shaping up to be the biggest and most fascinating reboot of recent years.


Godzilla will roar into theaters on May 16th, 2014.

Source: Comic Book Movie

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