With 2014’s Godzilla and last year’s Kong: Skull Island proving profitable crowd-pleasers, fans are looking forward to a continued saga with Godzilla: King of the Monsters in post and Godzilla vs Kong in pre-production. It’s great news in light of the disastrous American Godzilla reboot attempt from 1998, a film so loathed it threatened to obliterate any chance of a future franchise.
Fans and critics were brutal in their assessments of Godzilla, but no one hated the film more than those affiliated with Toho, the Japanese studio that created Godzilla in the 1950s. Suit actor Kenpachiro Satsuma who played Godzilla between 1984 and 1995 famously would out of the New York premiere, angrily proclaiming, “That thing is not Godzilla!”
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Karl Smallwood from Fact Fiend narrates the video below which explains the lengths Toho went to obliterate this “GOIN” (Godzilla Only in Name). While they could have simply ignored this American misstep, they decided to included this lesser creature into the official canon just so they could blow it the fuck up!
In 2004’s Godzilla: Final Wars, the real Godzilla makes short work of the redubbed ‘Zilla (so called because America took the “God” out of Godzilla!). It’s humiliating, reminding me of the scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark where Indiana Jones shoots the swordfighter. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
Official Synopsis: Godzilla is one of the most iconic monsters in cinema history. It is not some oversized iguana that you can shoot to death. Toho were so upset with the 1998 portrayal of their beloved monster that they went out of their way to show how unlike the real Godzilla that creature was.
Official Synopsis: Humans revive a frozen and gargantuan creature to save the Earth from sinister aliens and the monsters they control.