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RIP: Godzilla's next film will be his last, ending a 50-year series of 28 movies.
BBC On Line ^ | Wednesday, 3 March, 2004 | staff writer

Posted on 03/03/2004 7:04:43 AM PST by yankeedame

Last Updated: Wednesday, 3 March, 2004, 14:39 GMT

Final battle looms for Godzilla

Japanese cinema favourite Godzilla's next film appearance will be his last, ending a 50-year series of 28 movies. The giant lizard will star in Final Wars this December - ending a movie franchise that has attracted almost 100 million fans in Japan alone since 1954.

In that time, he has become an icon of Japanese culture and a global star.

But he may return if a "new generation of directors emerge or a brand new film-making method is found to create a whole new world", the film studio said.

The new film "will compile the fruits of 50 years' work and put an end to the series", according to Yukihiko Mochida, spokesman for the Toho studio.

Topical

Final Wars will feature 10 monsters from past Godzilla adventures.

They will include the new, stronger Monster X and will go on the rampage in New York, Shanghai, Sydney and Paris.

Godzilla has taken breaks from his big screen roles twice previously - once in 1975 when the popularity of television saw the number of cinema-goers fall, and once again in 1995.

The green monster was resurrected as a computer-generated creature in a Hollywood blockbuster five years ago but the $120m (£65.5m) film was a flop.

The first Godzilla film featured the lizard emerging out of the sea after being awakened by a US atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific in 1954.

Up to 1,000 people per day flocked to see an exhibition on the character in Tokyo in 2002 - double the number that usually went to the Japanese museum where it was held.

(all photos mine -- YD


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Japan; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: godzilla; hollywood; theend
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"The party's over,
It's time to call it a day.
They burst your pretty balloon
And taken the moon away...
... the party's over, my friend..."

1 posted on 03/03/2004 7:04:44 AM PST by yankeedame
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To: mhking
NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! :-(

I am a huge fan of the classic Godzilla. They've supposedly killed him off twice already, so maybe this won't be the last one.

2 posted on 03/03/2004 7:07:21 AM PST by TheBigB (I know you are but what am I? =P)
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To: yankeedame

Sorry...I thought this thread was about Hillary.


3 posted on 03/03/2004 7:08:11 AM PST by Fintan (I'm having too much fun...)
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To: yankeedame
All the big stars say they're retiring...

and then they come back for the specials, reunion tours, etc.


Godzilla's no different. The big phony.
4 posted on 03/03/2004 7:08:30 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: TheBigB
He has the most expressive eyes in show business.

I am saddened, deeply. Alas, poor godzilla... we knew him well.

5 posted on 03/03/2004 7:09:37 AM PST by Lion in Winter
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To: yankeedame
I think this is just a PR campaign. Guess what: Godzilla ISN'T REAL! They can keep on making Godzilla movies as long as there is demand for them! The article even says that they will continue to do so if there is further demand.

Do you own stock in the Japanese studio?
6 posted on 03/03/2004 7:10:53 AM PST by Piranha
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To: Piranha
Guess what: Godzilla ISN'T REAL!

No way!
I bet you're going to tell me that all that candy my daughter gets at Easter isn't really delivered by a giant rabbit!

7 posted on 03/03/2004 7:13:54 AM PST by Constitution Day (< / sarcasm>)
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To: yankeedame
Oh No they say he's got to go, go go Godzilla.
8 posted on 03/03/2004 7:14:41 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: humblegunner
Nooooooooo, say it ain't so!
9 posted on 03/03/2004 7:15:25 AM PST by RikaStrom (Somedays in life you're the windshield, other days... the BUG!)
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To: Constitution Day
I bet you're going to tell me that all that candy my daughter gets at Easter isn't really delivered by a giant rabbit!

You can tell Harvey yourself. I'm not doin' it.


10 posted on 03/03/2004 7:20:07 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Piranha
I think this is just a PR campaign. Guess what: Godzilla ISN'T REAL! They can keep on making Godzilla movies as long as there is demand for them! The article even says that they will continue to do so if there is further demand.

Was your mouth out with soap you...you...philistine!

(/sarcasm)

11 posted on 03/03/2004 7:25:05 AM PST by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: yankeedame
It's too bad actually. Just think what a world power Japan would have been if Godzilla hadn't regularly kicked the snot out of the islands. Now that he's gone we're all doomed.
12 posted on 03/03/2004 7:25:53 AM PST by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand... if you are French raise both hands.)
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To: yankeedame
History shows again and again
how nature points out
the folly of man.
13 posted on 03/03/2004 7:26:43 AM PST by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: yankeedame
NOOOOOO!!!!
An enjoyable Saturday is to kick back watching Godzilla movies all day!
At least they will be in reruns for the next century or so, and that's good even if I do have all of them memorized.
14 posted on 03/03/2004 7:28:21 AM PST by R. Scott (My cynicism rises with the proximity of the elections.)
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To: Poohbah; section9; veronica
Say it ain't so...

I like that guy... just a cute little lizard...
15 posted on 03/03/2004 7:30:29 AM PST by hchutch (Why did the Nazgul bother running from Arwen's flash flood? They only managed to die tired.)
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To: yankeedame
I believe they made two versions of Godzilla vs. King Kong, one to show in the U.S. (where Kong wins) and another to show in Japan (where homeboy Godzilla wins).
16 posted on 03/03/2004 7:32:01 AM PST by Alouette (Mitul d'min kadam Shemayo malchusa v'shalim b'ammaya)
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To: Alouette
That's a myth; there was only one version of the film. In both America and Japan, Kong is seen walking away while Godilla is nowhere to be found.
17 posted on 03/03/2004 7:33:26 AM PST by TheBigB (I know you are but what am I? =P)
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To: yankeedame
Who'll save the Earth from evil giant monster aliens now?

We're doomed I tell you, DOOMED!!!!
18 posted on 03/03/2004 7:34:27 AM PST by LRS
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To: Seruzawa
It's too bad actually. Just think what a world power Japan would have been if Godzilla hadn't regularly kicked the snot out of the islands. Now that he's gone we're all doomed.

True...but on the bright side it'll now be possible to get property insurance in Tokyo.

19 posted on 03/03/2004 7:34:33 AM PST by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: R. Scott
Which ones are your favorites?
20 posted on 03/03/2004 7:34:54 AM PST by TheBigB (I know you are but what am I? =P)
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To: yankeedame
And this spring-summer will be the re-release of the undubbed, un-Raymond Burred original:

The Original!

I love the way Godzilla screams. I love the way his back scales light up. The love the way he jumps up and down when he whips-a**!

I just love him.

21 posted on 03/03/2004 7:36:27 AM PST by Rocko
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To: Piranha
Godzilla ISN'T REAL!

You're wrong. You're so wrong. Godzilla is a real movie star and a part-time body double for the junior senator from New York.

Godzilla isn't real, hunh. Next thing, he'll be saying Santy Clause, the Easter Bunny, Cleveland, Cincinnati, or Toledo isn't real.

(chewing on a scallion)

22 posted on 03/03/2004 7:37:55 AM PST by Jonah Hex (Another day, another DU troll.)
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To: Jonah Hex
Jonah, I was wrong. I have been affected by the skepticism of a sceptical age. I do not believe except what they see. I think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by my little mind. All minds, Jonah, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Jonah, there is a Godzilla.

He exists as certainly as fear and trepidation and big, scaly reptiles exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Godzilla! It would be as dreary as if there were no Jonahs. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Godzilla! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the oceans, forests and Japanese cities to catch Godzilla, but even if you did not see Godzilla coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Godzilla, but that is no sign that there is no Godzilla. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Jonah, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Godzilla? Thank God he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Jonah, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood and strike fear in the heart of Japanese city-dwellers.





23 posted on 03/03/2004 7:45:00 AM PST by Piranha
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To: Piranha
ROFLOL!!!


24 posted on 03/03/2004 7:50:48 AM PST by Jonah Hex (Another day, another DU troll.)
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To: Rocko
Good deal. I've got the Raymond Burr DVD version. I've wanted the original for years.

Maybe I'll be able to take a break now. I'm really tired of having to work day and night building oxygen destroyers.

signed,
Dr. Seruzawa

25 posted on 03/03/2004 7:58:43 AM PST by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand... if you are French raise both hands.)
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To: Jonah Hex
I'd like to see two out of three falls with Godzilla vs Ricky-dozan.
26 posted on 03/03/2004 7:59:05 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Seruzawa
I'm really tired of having to work day and night building oxygen destroyers.

I hope you're keeping the no-pest strips up, Doc. Remember what happened last time?

27 posted on 03/03/2004 8:03:23 AM PST by Jonah Hex (Another day, another DU troll.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

If you want to see a fight, just wait until the Big G finds out about McDonalds eliminating their "Supersize" option!

28 posted on 03/03/2004 8:05:32 AM PST by Jonah Hex (Another day, another DU troll.)
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To: Jonah Hex
Somebody call Cook's!


29 posted on 03/03/2004 8:07:31 AM PST by TheBigB (I know you are but what am I? =P)
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To: yankeedame
Noooooooooo, nooooooooo say its not true.
30 posted on 03/03/2004 8:10:38 AM PST by Godzilla (Its a beautiful day in the neighborhood.)
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To: Godzilla
Godzilla, I think you should look for a new agent. I think you've got at least another 28 movies in you.
31 posted on 03/03/2004 8:13:36 AM PST by Rocko
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To: Godzilla
Maybe take up fishing or some other hobby.
32 posted on 03/03/2004 8:15:02 AM PST by socal_parrot (I voted, have you?)
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To: Rocko
I think you've got at least another 28 movies in you.

Just avoid the porn industry.

33 posted on 03/03/2004 8:18:38 AM PST by Jonah Hex (Another day, another DU troll.)
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To: hchutch
S**t. Another remnant of a wonderful childhood gone.
34 posted on 03/03/2004 8:22:44 AM PST by Poohbah ("Would you mind not shooting at the thermonuclear weapons?" -- Maj. Vic Deakins, USAF)
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To: Rocko
But if he keeps making movies he won't have the time to play on the PGA Senior Tour!
35 posted on 03/03/2004 8:22:58 AM PST by GreenLanternCorps (Just once I'd like to meet an alien menace that wasn't immune to bullets!!!)
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To: socal_parrot

Godzilla's idea of fishing...

36 posted on 03/03/2004 8:24:14 AM PST by Jonah Hex (Another day, another DU troll.)
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To: yankeedame
I think that there could be a new movie after this one.

Godzilla VS the Gecco from Geico.

Godzilla destroys the world and the Gecco from Geico rebuilds the world with insurance money.

I'm hoping that Godzilla wins.

I hate that damned Gecco.

My all time favorite Godzilla movie though was Godzilla VS. Bambi.

A classic.

37 posted on 03/03/2004 8:30:22 AM PST by Radioactive
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To: GreenLanternCorps
Godzilla vs. the PGA Senior Tour:

Squish.

38 posted on 03/03/2004 8:36:21 AM PST by Rocko
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To: Jonah Hex
You're chewing on a green onion?
39 posted on 03/03/2004 8:38:11 AM PST by Starter (I still ain't made up my mind yet about Toledo!)
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To: Radioactive
Lol...Godzilla vs. Bambi is a classic indeed...
40 posted on 03/03/2004 8:39:29 AM PST by Blue Scourge (Off I go into the Wild Blue Yonder...)
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To: Constitution Day

WWUMD?
41 posted on 03/03/2004 8:42:01 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Just once I'd like to get by on my looks.)
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To: Pan_Yan
ping
42 posted on 03/03/2004 8:43:04 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals. --- Kahlil Gibran)
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To: yankeedame
AYiiiiiii...GODZILRRRRAAAA!!!


43 posted on 03/03/2004 8:47:52 AM PST by Khurkris (Ranger On...)
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To: Starter
"Yep, every year the Missus always fixes a plate of relish with them little carrot sticks. You know, olives, pickles, scallions. Most people call them green onions, but they're really scallions. Did you ever notice that, Starter?"

;-)

44 posted on 03/03/2004 8:50:22 AM PST by Jonah Hex (Another day, another DU troll.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Ultraman would get his @ss kicked. He can only stay in Earth's atmosphere for a few minutes at a time, remember?
45 posted on 03/03/2004 9:11:02 AM PST by TheBigB (I know you are but what am I? =P)
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To: TheBigB
How long would it take if he first used the kill ray instead of judo-throwing the antagonist for 15 minutes while his power is drained.

I don't remember him not being able to be in the atmosphere for a time limit but I remember him being solar powered (or whatever). When the chest decoration started blinking he had to leave for a recharge.
46 posted on 03/03/2004 9:17:10 AM PST by hattend
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To: yankeedame
The original included Raymond Burr's finest screen moments.

It was, fortunately, in his younger days. Later in his career it would have been easy to confuse him with the monster. </ fat joke>
47 posted on 03/03/2004 9:24:02 AM PST by G L Tirebiter
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To: hattend
Hmmm. The Specium Ray does take more energy, but since you're right in that 90% of his fights were via Judo, I have no idea. :) The stored solar energy of UltraHeroes depletes rapidly in Earth's atmosphere, and they usually can stay here for only three minutes. The warning light begins blinking red and beeping noisily when time is almost up. It is said that if the Timer expires, Ultras "will never rise again." However, in reality an expired Ultra can almost always be revived. Of course, right from the get-go, the time-limit thing was not taken seriously, and is just a way to add suspense to the storytelling.

48 posted on 03/03/2004 9:26:11 AM PST by TheBigB (I know you are but what am I? =P)
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To: TheBigB
Ultraman would get his @ss kicked.

I guess YOU haven't been keeping up with the latest advances in Beta Capsule technology. :)

49 posted on 03/03/2004 9:27:47 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Just once I'd like to get by on my looks.)
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To: Rocko
"Godzilla vs. the PGA Senior Tour:"


LOL!!!

50 posted on 03/03/2004 9:28:50 AM PST by GreenLanternCorps (Just once I'd like to meet an alien menace that wasn't immune to bullets!!!)
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