Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla II 1993
This was the 20th Godzilla film and even though it came out in 1993 it was the film that would celebrate 40 years of Godzilla. In this movie we see the return of classic characters from the Showa era, Rodan and Mechagodzilla. We also find out that Godzilla once again has a new son but this time it isn’t Minya from the Son of Godzilla and other movies, it is a totally new character. Many fans didn’t really care for Minya and it seems they didn’t care for this new character either. Akira Ifukube was on board to provide the music once more. In 1992 Toho Studios wanted to give the directing duties to veteran Godzilla director Ishirō Honda but he died early in 1993. With Honda’s passing the directing duties were given to Takao Okawara.
Although this movie is titled Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla II it is not a sequel to the 1973 movie Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla despite the inclusion of the the Roman numeral II. This movie is actually a sequel to the previous film, Godzilla vs Mothra.
The story begins where the previous movie left off. The United Nations creates a task force with the aim of defeating Godzilla, it is called United Nations Godzilla Countermeasures Center (UNGCC). They take the remains of Mecha-King Ghidorah and build two machines in their effort to beat Godzilla. The first one is called Garuda and the second one is Mechgodzilla. In the Showa series Mechagodzilla had an alien origin but in the Heisei series Mechgodzilla’s origins are strictly Earth bound and human.
The movie flashes forward to a couple of years into the future where a team of Japanese scientists come across a large egg on Adona Island in the Bering Sea. The egg seems to give off strange signals which attracts Rodan an adult giant pteranodon created by the nuclear waste. The scientists think the egg they have found is another baby pteranodon. Suddenly Godzilla rises from the ocean and begins to fight Rodan. During the skirmish the scientists escape with the egg. After they leave, Godzilla is successful in severely wounding Rodan.
The egg is taken to Kyoto and when it hatches out pops a baby Godzillasaur which imprints on a very cute Japanese scientists, Azusa Gojo played by Ryoko Sano. Side note: Toho has had a reputation for hiring very attractive leading ladies over the years and this movie has two of my all time favorites. Soon Godzilla arrives in Kyoto looking for his baby. The Japanese Defense Force sends Mechagodzilla to fight Godzilla but he malfunctions allowing Godzilla to destroy Kyoto uninhibited. Tests are conducted on baby Godzilla and it is discovered that he has two brains. The brain in his midsection controls his movements. Theorizing that Godzilla also has two brains the UNGCC devises a plan to use this device called the “G-Crusher” to stop Godzilla in his tracks. They use Baby Godzilla as bait but the plan fails when a super charged and healed Rodan, now called Fire Rodan, answers the call instead. Rodan destroys the helicopter that is carrying the cargo container holding baby Godzilla and Azusa Gojo.
The UNGCC uses Garuda and a repaired Super-Mechagodzilla to fight Rodan who is trying to get to baby Godzilla. While battling Rodan Godzilla shows up and confronts his metallic alter ego. When Rodan is mortally wounded Garuda and Super-Mechagodzilla team up to fight Godzilla and succeed in paralyzing him. Revived once again by baby Godzilla’s call Rodan tries to flee when Super-Mechagodzilla shoots him down. Rodan falls on top of Godzilla and as he is dying transfers his life force to Godzilla. Godzilla revives and finds baby Godzilla. Little baby Godzilla is frightened of big Godzilla until Miki Saegusa, the young psychic who has been in the previous movies, telepathically communicates to baby that he needn’t be afraid of Godzilla. The two then head off into the ocean.
I really enjoy this film and like it a bit better than the previous Godzilla vs Mothra. The special effects are top notch and the acting is pretty solid. I really liken the inclusion of Rodan since we have not seen him in along long time and really hasn’t had any battles with Godzilla since Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster in 1964. I have always liked Rodan a great deal and feel he has been under used by Toho so I am really happy for his inclusion into the movie. My one complaint about Rodan is the name they call him. In Japan he is actually called Radon and that is what he is called here. This is the English dubbed version that is calling him Radon so you would think that in the dubbed version they would have used the name Rodan which is the familiar name English speaking audiences know him by.
I like this new baby Godzilla, it really cute and even though he is only a plot point rather than a true character he is used well. The action scenes with the monsters are also well filmed and executed. Rodan and Godzilla have never looked better. Speaking of looking good one of the joys for me with this movie is seeing the lovely Shinobu Nakayama as the adorably cute Yuri Katagiri and Ryoko Sano as the equally adorably cute Azusa Gojo. This movie is one of the top movies of Godzilla’s Heisei series.
I rate this movie: A
Posted on October 19, 2012, in Godzilla Movie Review and tagged Akira Ifukube, Baby Godzilla, Godzilla, Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla II, Heisei Series, Ishirō Honda, Mechagodzilla, Rodan, Ryoko Sano, Shinobu Nakayama, Showa Series. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.