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Gojira vs Mechagojira

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II / Godzilla vs. Super-Mechagodzilla

Japan 1993
produced by
Shogo Tomiyama, Tomoyuki Tanaka (executive) for Toho
directed by Takao Okawara
starring Masahiro Takashima, Ryoko Sano, Megumi Odaka, Yusuke Kawazu, Kenji Sahara, Akira Nakao, Koichi Ueda, Leo Meneghetti, Daijiro Harada, Tadao Takashima, Keiko Imamura, Sayaka Osawa, Shelley Sweeney, Kenpachiro Satsuma, Wataru Fukuda, Hurricane Ryu Hariken, Shinobu Nakayama
written by Wataru Mimura, music by Akira Ifukube, special effects by Koichi Kawakita

Godzilla, Mechagodzilla, Rodan, Son of Godzilla

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Let me remark up front that the story of this film is a bit of a mess, so my synopsis might not make too much sense ... but I'll try anyhow:

To fight Godzilla, the G-Force has built a giant robot, Mechagodzilla, that is to be piloted by Kazuma (Masahiro Takashima), the inventor/pilot of Garuda I, an earlier flying superweapon used to fight Godzilla. However, when a flying dino-buddy of Godzilla, Rodan, and a giant egg are discovered on some island, Kazuma is distracted, and when Godzilla finally attacks and Mechagodzilla is badly needed, Kazuma is AWOL to watch the Son of Godzilla hatch from the egg.

Mechagodzilla is defeated, and half of another of these Japanese cities is half destroyed by Godzilla looking for his son, but somehow, Kazuma, a bunch of scientists, and Azusa (Ryoko Sano), the young woman who acts as Baby Godzilla's substitute mother, can keep the little one out of daddy's reach.

Because he was AWOL during the Godzilla attack, Kazuma is demoted to parkdeck guard, but soon enough, he can convince one of the professors of G-Force to link Mechagodzilla with his Garuda I to more efficiently fight Godzilla ...

When examining Baby Godzilla, G-Force learns that the little one has two brains, so Godzilla must have two as well, so Miki the psychic girl (known from previous movies of the series) is hired to help destroy the second brain and therefore paralyze Godzilla.

Ultimately, everything leads to a tag team fight in whatever Japanese city it is, with Godzilla and Rodan on one side, Mechagodzilla and Garuda on the other, and Baby Godzilla caught somewhere in the middle. In the beginning it looks as if Mechagodzilla and Garuda I would win, with Rodan shot down from the skies, and Godzilla's brain number two blown up thanks to Miki, but with his dieing breath, Rodan ... well, there the film has lost me, but it seems as if Rodan disassembles to transfer his lifeforce to Godzilla, and suddenly Godzilla grows back his second brain and destroys Mechagodzilla but good - but interestingly, nobody seems to really worry about this, and Godzilla suddenly decides to leave, and only Miki the psychic girl can persuade him to take his boy with him ...

By the way, in a fun bit of casting, Keiko Imamura & Sayaka Osawa, Mothra's little fairies, the Cosmos from previous year's Godzilla vs Mothra, play two psychic teachers who always speak unisono - just like the Cosmos.

 

I have to admit, I'm a bit of a sucker for Godzilla films, and this one features some undeniably excellent monster mayhem including a great extended finale. That said however, Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla is anything but great, it repeatedly loses itself in unnecessary human subplots, features way too many scenes featuring the too-cute-to-be-true but totally unconvincing Baby Godzilla and way too often does not manage to stay clear of utter kitsch (and not the good kind of kitsch) - which is rather a pity, because with a better story to link the excellent monster fights this one could have been great (great in a trashy monster film kind of way but great still).

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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