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Godzilla Minus One Revealed


Godzilla Minus One Revealed

On June 12, new teaser images and a trailer for the newest installment in the Godzilla franchise were revealed, now titled: Godzilla Minus One.

Godzilla, the King of the Monsters is back in an all-new Japanese film. Following over a year of anticipation, marketing has begun for director Takashi Yamazaki’s previously untitled Godzilla film. After a month-long countdown on social media – finally, on June 12, Toho unveiled the new film, titled Godzilla Minus One. At the end of this countdown, a teaser trailer was released online showcasing the destructive prowess of this new Godzilla in a post-war setting.

In a press release, Toho International president Koji Ueda gave a synopsis for the film, “Set in post-war Japan, Godzilla Minus One will once again show us a Godzilla that is a terrifying and overwhelming force…” He continued by explaining the significance of the new film’s title, stating that, “The concept is that Japan, which had already been devastated by the war, faces a new threat with Godzilla, bringing the country into the ‘minus.’” In addition to the teaser trailer, new posters were revealed for not only the film’s Japanese release on November 3rd, but also a United States release on December 1st.

Following this initial press release, on the very next day June 13, the CG design of Godzilla was unveiled, showcasing the new design in all its glory with a full-body render.

Godzilla Minus One is a film spearheaded by award-winning filmmaker Takashi Yamazaki. Mr. Yamazaki is directing, writing, producing and leading the VFX for the film. Both his production company Robot Communications and VFX studio Shirogumi Inc. are involved in this project. Takashi Yamazaki, a long-time Godzilla fan got his start in the film industry in 1986 working on Juzo Itami films like 1989’s Sweet Home and 1995’s A Quiet Life, as well as numerous others. Yamazaki would go on to debut as a director in the year 2000 with a film titled Juvenile.

Yamazaki would soon become an award-winning director in 2005 with the film Always Sunset on Third Street. Yamazaki is a self-proclaimed long-time Godzilla fan, and prior to 2023. had featured the character in his 2007 film Always Sunset on Third Street II. Furthermore, in 2021 would also direct a 3D-animated short film for the Seibun amusement park called Godzilla The Ride.

2023 is an exciting time for Godzilla fans. With the 70th anniversary fast approaching, Godzilla Minus One will celebrate this monument by releasing nationwide in Japan on November 3rd, followed by a United States release on December 1st.

Source: Forbes

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