Get ready for a fun-filled ride behind the scenes of ‘Godzilla Minus One’

Get ready for a fun-filled ride behind the scenes of ‘Godzilla Minus One’

Godzilla Minus One (Japanese: ゴジラ-1.0マイナスワン, Hepburn: Gojira Mainasu Wan) is a 2023 Japanese kaiju film written and directed by Takashi Yamazaki. Produced by Toho Studios and Robot Communications and distributed by Toho, it is the 37th film in the Godzilla franchise, Toho’s 33rd Godzilla film, and the fifth film in the franchise’s Reiwa era.[a] The film stars Ryunosuke Kamiki, Minami Hamabe, Yuki Yamada, Munetaka Aoki, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Sakura Ando, and Kuranosuke Sasaki. In the film, postwar Japan deals with the emergence of Godzilla.

After the release of his film The Great War of Archimedes (2019), Yamazaki was selected to make a Godzilla film. He subsequently wrote the script over the course of three years, taking influence from the original 1954 Godzilla film and Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah (2001), Jaws (1975), and the films of Hayao Miyazaki. Yamazaki had previously depicted Godzilla in Always: Sunset on Third Street 2 (2007) and a 2021 amusement park ride at Seibu-en. In February 2022, Robot publicized that Yamazaki was soon to begin directing a kaiju film via a casting call on their website. Filming occurred primarily in Kantō and Chūbu from March to June 2022. Shirogumi handled the visual effects at their studio in Chōfu from April 2022 to May 2023.

Godzilla Minus One had its red carpet premiere at the Shinjuku Toho Building on October 18, 2023, and was the closing film at the 36th Tokyo International Film Festival. Toho released it theatrically in Japan on November 3, the same date as the first Godzilla film’s release in 1954, to celebrate the franchise’s 70th anniversary. The film has grossed $41 million against a $15 million budget and received critical acclaim. American critics praised Godzilla Minus One for its visual effects, direction, story, characters, musical score, and social commentary, and compared it favorably to recent Hollywood films.

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