Hot Picks

- There's No Such Thing as Zombies 2020

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- Queen Rising 2024

- The G 2023

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Midnight Feature 2024

- Deadland 2023

- The Red Lips of the Octopus 2023

- A Gangster's Kiss 2024

- Homework 1982

- Vindication Swim 2024

- Bermondsey Tales: Fall of the Roman Empire 2024

- As I Believe the World to Be 2023

- 2015: Future Uncertain 2024

- Guy Friends 2024

- A Rocky Mountain Affair 2024

- The Moor 2023

- Insane Like Me? 2024

- Grandma's Cookies: A Christmas Tale 2024

- The Keepers of the 5 Kingdoms 2024

- Arena Wars 2024

- Static Cling 2024

- Realm of Shadows 2024

- The Girl in the Trunk 2024

- Buying Time 2024

- 4 Minutes of Terror: Death Throes 2024

- Lost in Tomorrow 2023

- Ufologists 2022

- Rhapsody in Justice 2024

- Life of Belle 2024

- Unspeakable: Beyond the Wall of Sleep 2024

- Princess Halle and the Jester 2024

- Tormented 1960

- Sira 2023

- MR-9: Do or Die 2023

- Homesick 2015

- Exteriors 2023

- Brotherly Lies 2022

- Pandemonium 2024

- All the Fires 2023

- Isleen Pines 2023

- I Was a Soldier 2024

- The Seductress from Hell 2024

- Dreaming of the Unholy 2024

- Part-Time Killer 2022

- Ruby's Choice 2022

- 6 Hours Away 2024

- Burnt Flowers 2024

- Final Heat 2024

- Stargazer 2023

- Max Beyond 2024

- What Is Buried Must Remain 2022

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

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

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

The Addams Family

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Deerslayer

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Edgar Wallace made in Germany

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

The Munsters

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Philip Marlowe

Philo Vance

Quatermass

Robin Hood

The Saint

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Three Stooges

Three Supermen

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro

Available on DVD!

To buy, click on link(s) below and help keep this site afloat (commissions earned)

Always make sure of DVD-compatibility!!!

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

 

Feeling lucky?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results?
(commissions earned)

The links below
will take you
just there!!!

Find Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports?
Find Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai


Thanks for watching !!!

 

 

In times of uncertainty of a possible zombie outbreak, a woman has to decide between two men - only one of them's one of the undead.

 

There's No Such Thing as Zombies
starring
Luana Ribeira, Rudy Barrow and Rami Hilmi
special appearances by
Debra Lamb and Lynn Lowry

 

directed by
Eddie Bammeke

written by
Michael Haberfelner

produced by
Michael Haberfelner, Luana Ribeira and Eddie Bammeke

 

now streaming at

Amazon

Amazon UK

Vimeo

 

 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!