Less than two weeks from now, Godzilla will be returning to theaters in his first Japanese-produced film since 2004’s "Godzilla: Final Wars." In many ways, "Final Wars" was the culmination of Godzilla’s steady transition from villain to hero, as in the movie the King of the Monsters fought off multiple, more malicious "kaiju," and in doing so also protected the earth from a plot hatched by treacherous, scheming extraterrestrials.
However, the upcoming "Shin Godzilla" (to be called "Godzilla Resurgence" in international markets), looks to have no interest in a Godzilla-saves-the-day narrative. Co-directors Hideaki Anno (best known as the creator of the relentlessly somber anime "Evangelion," and Shinji Higuchi (director of the grim live-action "Attack on Titan" films) seem to be committed to portraying Godzilla as a terrifying, destructive force of nature that man has no way of reasoning with. If this heavy-hearted new trailer, put together by Anno himself, is anything to go by, this is not going to be the sort of movie where you’re supposed to root for Godzilla to smash buildings and walk through elevated train lines.
That’s not to say the title star won’t be causing extensive damage in "Shin Godzilla," though. Previous promotional stills have shown him emerging from the sea in Kamakura, roughly an hour by train south of Tokyo. In the new trailer, we see the famous "kaiju" wreaking havoc on the Musashi Kosugi district of Kawasaki.
Later, Godzilla is shown crossing the Tamagawa River, which serves as the border between Kawasaki and Tokyo. The locations of Kamakura and Musashi Kosugi mean that if he takes an overland route, Godzilla’s path of destruction will be at least 27.3 kilometers long.
The trailer consistently depicts Godzilla’s presence as being like a natural disaster, with multiple emergency conferences being held to try to figure out how to deal with the gargantuan threat. At least one faction decides to have the Japan Self-Defense Forces try to take on the monster with tanks and helicopters, but unlike the farcical travesty that served as the end of the conflict in the American-made 1998 "Godzilla," Anno does his star the courtesy of remembering that he’s impervious to standard military-grade weaponry.
The trailer ends with things looking bleak for humanity, as Godzilla glows ominously in the night while advancing on what’s ostensibly downtown Tokyo. Hopefully all those stern-faced government officials the trailers show will have a plan by July 29, when "Shin Godzilla" premieres.
Source: YouTube/東宝MOVIEチャンネル via Hachima Kiko
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