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Reporter Maki (Ken Tanaka), cruising the pacific, discovers a boat that
got lost in a freak storm a few days back, & aboard the ship he finds
all the crew dead, safe for one man, Okumura (Shin Takuma), who hides in a
cupboard, scared witless. Then thoughMaki is attacked by some sort of
giant leech, & it is only thanks to Okumura that he survives.
Back in Japan though, doctor Hayashida (Yosuke Natsuki) qestions
Okumura about the goings-on the ship & discovers the problem is even
bigger than a few giant leeches, much bigger: actually Godzilla kind of
& sure enough, Godzilla heads for Japan again, leaves a path of
destruction behind him & feeds himself mainly from atomic powerplants.
With the help of Okumura, Maki & Okumura's sister Naoko (Yasuko
Sawaguchi) soon makes a vital discovery though, that Godzilla has the same
instincts as homing birds, so if you can find out the signal from which
frequency he's following & reproduce that signal, you can lure him
anywhere ... even into a volcano ... at least that's the doctor's weapon
against Godzilla. The Russians & the Americans meanwhile would each
prefer an atomic strike against the monster when he levels Tokyo, but the
Japanese prime minister (Keiju Kobayashi)dissuades them from doing so, as
the Japanese have a superweapon of their own up their collective sleeve:
the Super X, sort of a cross between a tank & a fighter jet, that
shoots all sorts of fancy ammonition, including cobalt grenades that can
stop Godzilla cold.
Of course, Godzilla is allowed to do quite some damage before the Super
X is launched, & wouldn't you know it, the cobalt grenades seem to
really do the trick, 6 Godzilla collapses in the center of Tokyo ...
But then it is found out that the Russians have accidently launched one
of their uclear warheads on Tokyo in a Godzilla-related accident, &
it's only 30 minutes to impact. Thank god the Americans can launch one of
their missiles just in time to intercept the warhead 70 miles over Tokyo
... but the released radioactive mmaterial reactivates Godzilla, & he
immediately takes on the Super X, now out of cobalt grenades, in a
rematch, & manages to bury it under the rubble of a skyscraper ...
By now though, the doctor has managed to find out Godzilla's frequency
& lures him off into the volcano, just as planned.
After 9 years of absence (since Inoshiro Honda's trashy Mekagojira
no gyakushu/The Terror of Mechagodzilla), Godzilla has returned
to the big screen, & - if you believe the promotions - he's bigger
& badder than ever.
First things first: This film is not the triumphant return to the
cinema the 30-year-old monster (arguably) would have deserved & that
die-hard-fans make it to be, neither is it a piece of worhtless trash that
several critics (who foten don't like monstermovies in the first place)
make it to be. 1984's Godzilla is simply a competently crafted
movie about a giant dinosaur thrashing Tokyo, & should you find some
childish joy in destruction, this might be your cup of tea. Sure there
were better Godzilla films over the years, & funner
ones, but theere were also those that were a lot worse.