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Gojira tai Mosura tai Mekagojira: Tokyo S.O.S.

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

Japan 2002
produced by
Shogo Tomiyama (executive) for Toho
directed by Masaaki Tezuka
starring Noboru Kaneko, Miho Yoshioka, Mitsuki Koga, Hiroshi Koizumi, Akira Nakao, Koichi Ueda, Koh Takasugi, Masami Nagasawa, Norman England, Naomasa Rokudaira, Yumiko Shaku, Yusuke Tomoi, Tsutomu Kitagawa, Motokuni Nakagawa
screenplay by Masaaki Tezuka, Masohiro Yokotani, music by Michiru Oshima

Godzilla, Mothra, Mechagodzilla

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Even if Tokyo S.O.S. features an entirely different set of lead characters, it's a direct sequel to 2002's Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla: After Mechagodzilla has fought Godzilla to a standstill and Godzilla has retreated to the deep sea, Mechagodzilla is in bad need of repairs ... which is when Mothra's Twin Fairies (Masami Nagasawa, Chihiro Otsuka) pay the robot's chief engineer Chujo (Noboru Kaneko) and his uncle Shinichi (Hiroshi Koizumi, repeating his role from the original Mothra from 1961)  a visit, urging them to not continue to work on Mechagodzilla, instead returning the Godzilla-bones (from the original Godzilla) the robot is made of to the sea. In return, the fairies promise to send giant butterfly Mothra to help to protect Tokyo. Shinichi agrees right away, but Chujo has reserations ... and so do the politicians who don't want to leave Tokyo defenseless ...

Eventually Godzilla attacks, and since Mechagodzilla is by no means ready to fight anyways, Shinichi and his grandson call upon Mothra, wich steps in to defend Japan ... and gets a glorious thrashing. Now the Japanese gouvernment knows they have to employ Mechagodzilla, ready or not ready. For a while, Mechagodzila holds his own, but then systems start to malfunction. Thank god the twin fairies have meanwhile sung one of their lovely songs to a giant egg, and not one but two Mothras - still in caterpillar state - hatch before long and immediately take off to Japan where they try to spin Godzilla into a cocoon.

Meanwhile, Chujo has made it to the fallen Mechagodzilla, enters him, patches him up and reboots the system and makes the robot operational again ... but somehow he can't get out anymore. In the meantime, the butterfly Mothra has died protecting the two caterpillar Mothras, but now the caterpillars and the robot work as a team to bring Godzilla down, and before long they have put him out of action and spun him into a cocoon ... which is when Mechagodzilla stops to take commands from his pilot, instead just grabs the cucooned Godzilla and flies him to the open sea to choose a watery grave for both of them, monser and robot alike. Of course, Chujo gets out just in time ...

The human subplot concerns Chujo, arrogant Mechagodzilla pilot Akiba (Mitsuki Koga), who detests him, and Akiba's co-pilot Azusa (Miho Yoshiaki), who's secretly in love with Chujo ... but in the end, the three of them as a team are instrumental in bringing Godzilla down.

 

There's much destruction in this film, and - this being a giant monster film - this is of course great, especially since most of the miniature effects are well made and some of them are quite inventive. however, as a whole, the film just fails to convince, the whole esoteric storyline is little more than annoying and seems to be given up halfway through the movie while the human subplot about Chujo, Akiba and Azusa is, if anything, underdeveloped while overly clichéd. It stands to reason now if one watches a Godzilla flick because of the plot, still, if one goes to the trouble to inject the film with a plot, it might as well be a decent one ...

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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