Despite being a historically bad idea, director Gareth Edwards' 2014 American remake of Godzilla proved to be a hit with audiences, pleasing (most) longtime fans of the venerable kaiju franchise. Now, Toho Pictures is set to release their own Japanese-made update of the iconic monster, Shin Godzilla (formerly known as Godzilla: Resurgence), which will screen in U.S. theaters from October 11 to October 18th.
We've seen several trailers for Shin Godzilla throughout the year, all of them aimed at a Japanese audience (and lacking any dialogue or hard context), alternating between giving us a long, close look at the redesigned kaiju and focusing more on the military efforts to bring the monster down. Now, Toho has released a new trailer for U.S. audiences, which you can watch above.
As in the other trailers, no time is spent trying to orient the audience to what is happening with the human characters or the overall story, which we know features a strain of political intrigue as a plot to use nuclear weapons against Godzilla comes into conflict with an interim Japanese government's desire to never see a nuclear event in their country, given their still-raw feelings on the issue.
Co-directed by Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and Shinji Higuchi (Attack On Titan) - two fan-beloved filmmakers who convey clear reverence for the classic approach to Godzilla - Shin Godzilla will evidently not be tied to the recent American reboot or the 2004 Toho entry Godzilla: Final Wars. Aside from a classically-designed Godzilla, the trailers showcase a frantic, confused-looking bureaucracy and an armed resistance taking place on an appropriately large scale.
The original 1954 Gojira drew heavily on the then still-fresh terror of the atomic bombings of the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the United States, which ended World War II while ushering in an era of atomic-age anxiety. With the fallout of the Fukushima nuclear disaster perhaps still uncomfortably in mind for many Japanese people, the intrigue of the supposed plot seems like a way to honor the themes of the original film in an updated way.
American audiences traditionally have a spotty record when it comes to embracing subtitled films, but the draw of a Japanese-produced Godzilla from the original studio - co-helmed by two talented filmmakers - might just be enough to fill theaters. For all the interesting political subtext which is apparently going into Shin Godzilla, the scale and spectacle of a giant monster battle always draws a crowd.
Godzilla: Resurgence opens in U.S. theaters October 11th, 2016.
Source: Toho Pictures