Kaiju Movie Trailers III: Hesei Godzilla Series Part 2

These are the trailers for the second half of the Hesei Godzilla series which includes the films ‘Godzilla vs. Mothra’ (1992), ‘Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II’ (1993), ‘Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla’ (1994), and ‘Godzilla vs. Destroyer’ (1995).

Probably the weakest film in the Hesei series. Although not without its cool moments, it doesnt live up to its predecessor ‘Mothra vs. Godzilla’ (1964) in the original Showa series. The film was apparently successful enough to merit a new series of films with Mothra called the ‘Rebirth of Mothra’ trilogy. This series was released more or less along with the 90’s Gamera trilogy after the Hesei Godzilla series concluded in 1995.

This is one of the best films in the entire franchise and is by far the strongest ‘Mechagodzilla’ film. Including this move, Mechagodzilla appears in a total of five films across the three series (Showa, Hesei, and Millenium).

This trailer includes a terrible 90’s Japanese pop song to highlight the more ‘romantic’ elements of the movie as well as the emotional relationship between Godzilla and ‘Baby Godzilla’. Good stuff. Oh, and ‘Spacegodzilla’ was, in one early story draft, planned to be a form that the regular Godzilla could transform into called ‘Super Godzilla’. This power-up version appeared in several video games during the early 90’s.

This is the big finale of the series featuring a super-powerful and nearly immortal  ‘final boss’ and the death of Godzilla at the end of the film. This is also the last Godzilla film to feature a score written by Akira Ifukube, who had written the majority of all the Godzilla soundtracks. Ifukube was a fantastic classical composer and passed away in 2006. This is probably my favorite of all the Godzilla movies as the somber mood which permeates the film is the only Godzilla film in the franchise to match the apocalyptic mood of the original ‘Gojira’ in 1954. Perhaps it is the most successful film in the franchise in terms of portraying Godzilla as a grand character who demands a certain amount of respect…and proving that a dude in a giant rubber suit is capable of portraying a suprising variety of emotions. Godzilla’s death scene is suprisingly poignant and very well realized.

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