Toho's GODZILLA RESURGENCE Unveils First Monster Footage

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Toho's GODZILLA RESURGENCE Unveils First Monster Footage

Toho has unveiled the first teaser for the upcoming resurrection of their flagship kaiju series, Godzilla. The latest film, titled Godzilla Resurgence, and slated for a July 29th release in Japan, is a mix between Toho's traditional man-in-suit kaiju style and the more modern CG updates.

If this new footage is to be trusted, Toho has taken a bit of a lesson from the relative mainstream critical success of Gareth Edwards' 2014 American film in terms of the tone. In fact, there are several scenes in this dialogue free trailer that echo Edwards' movie fairly closely.

The more serious tone will likely be a breath of fresh air to fans of Toho's series who largely rejected the last entry, Kitamura Ryuhei's Godzilla: Final Wars, as a goofy cartoonish mess with no real focus. In spite of Final Wars' attempt to reinvigorate the series by staging a Destroy All Monsters style melee, it ended up appearing more like a spoof of a Godzilla film than an actual entry.

Godzilla Resurgence looks to be attempting a reclamation of the Godzilla mythos that mirrors the very successful rebranding of Daiei's Gamera series inthe '90s. Resurgence directors Anno Hideaki and Higuchi Shinji are best known for their work with the wildly successful Neon Genesis Evangelion anime series. It looks like they are taking this opportunity seriously, and we're very excited to see what they come up with!

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MountaineerApril 13, 2016 6:15 PM

Now that's the real Godzilla!

Jacob PhillipsApril 13, 2016 6:27 PM

Apart from slightly too many shots of politicians and army general types frowning in consternation, this actually looks pretty good, certainly much better than Gareth Edward's unfathomably successful abomination. Godzilla looks far better in this one.

YojimboApril 13, 2016 6:50 PM

Weird so far Godzilla looks like a monstrous inflatable with an inner fiery Ready BrekĀ® glow
And now he seems to have grown a mutant tentacle cats tail?

Rage72April 13, 2016 8:08 PM

Is this what we've been waiting for all of this time? This looks terrible! I've seen better effects from other Japanese films that looks way better than this! I expected more from Toho considering all the tough talk about their new Godzilla will not lose to Hollywood! Yeah right Toho! lol!!

Rage72April 13, 2016 8:09 PM

Exactly! Lol!!! He looks like burnt chicken that's been left on the grill too long!

Ty CollinsApril 13, 2016 9:47 PM

I remember back in the day when Godzila had arms....

billydakingApril 14, 2016 1:42 AM

Serious question: why do you think it looks terrible? 'Cause to me, it looks better than the 90s Gamera films, which is pretty much the standard for suit-driven special effects.

DragonSpikeXIII .April 14, 2016 2:01 AM

Is that actually a man in a suit?

philApril 14, 2016 2:21 AM

Is that Shinya Tsukamoto I see at the 36 second mark?

Jacob PhillipsApril 14, 2016 4:34 AM

Looks alright to me too. And with a lot more charm than the Hollywood version.

omnisemantic1April 14, 2016 7:43 AM

Any clue as to what music is used in the trailer?

omnisemantic1April 14, 2016 7:43 AM

Yep, it always is ^^

J HurtadoApril 14, 2016 11:07 AM

I think it's a combo of man-in-suit, animatronics, and CG

ManateeAdvocateApril 14, 2016 11:10 AM

Wow. Now that's one long tail. Jeez.

omnisemantic1April 14, 2016 11:17 AM

Oh there're definitely some extra effects, it's not like someone's third leg is wagging that tail after all :D

Rage72April 14, 2016 4:48 PM

I just expected more from Toho, with the way they bragged and boasted about how this Shin Gojiri was going to be better than the 2014 American version..I actually think the Hensei series looked alot better than this does too..and since you brought up Gamera, the Gamera trailer we got months ago puts this trailer to shame, because those effects looked way better than this! I'm looking forward to the upcoming Gamera movie more so than this.

Ard VijnApril 14, 2016 5:08 PM

Having met the man a few times, I'd say HELL YES that's Shinya Tsukamoto!!!

Mr. CavinApril 14, 2016 10:52 PM

It's funny that you would say that, because they way this dude is holding his arms in every single shot is my favorite thing about the trailer. He's like Lady Macbeth.