Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. is another fine release from Toho.
In this movie, the Japanese Government has used bones, taken from Godzilla – in a previous movie (that I haven’t seen, yet) – to create Mecha-G (aka: Mechagodzilla). Mechagodzilla has taken great damage since it’s last run in with the Big G and is undergoing repairs thus, it’s out of action… and it’s Tokyo’s only defense.
Making a return to G-films is the old man of this film, he was previously seen in a Godzilla film about 40 years ago, as seen in a flash back. The old man’s son is a Mechagodzilla engineer and both witness the reappearance of Mothra and his (cute) twin pixies who ask that Godzilla’s bones be returned to the sea, otherwise he will return.
This time around, Mothra seems to be the saviour of Tokyo. No idea why, or when that happened, but I’m not greatly versed on the Godzilla time line, which is something I need to look up actually…
One thing that struck me right away (with this Godzilla film in particular) was the colour. The reds are lovely and bright with lots of oranges and yellows to accompany them. Some scenes will be cold and blue/grey with some warm colours mixed in, always really nice to look at.
The effects have also come on in leaps and bounds since earlier films. If you laughed at previous films, give this one a look as they’re obviously using animatronics and CGI mattes to create convincing illusions, and the model buildings are intricately detailed.
One thing that passes by us foreigners to Godzilla is that he (or some creature) will attack places/buildings that are well known to the Japanese, so although someone might demolish what is, to you/me, just another building, it’s maybe the Tokyo Tower or something, so bear in mind that some of the streets and buildings (in the movie) do exist.
Also, the music is fantastic. Soft lullabies from the Mothra pixie chicks to bombastic orchestral pieces when G is trampling the city. Behold the Mothra song, which awakens the larvae:
I honestly believe this is one of the best Godzilla films that I’ve seen. Yes, the plot is ridiculous, but Godzilla looks great here, Mothra is beautiful with very soft looking wings… you owe it to yourself to see one of the best Godzilla films ever. Do it now!
Trailer (which doesn’t do the film justice due to high YouTube compression):