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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.

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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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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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To: TheBigB
Now, don't take this the wrong way, but I have to laugh that you remember the show that well.

Once a fan always a fan, I guess. ;-)
51 posted on 03/03/2004 9:30:29 AM PST by hattend
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To: G L Tirebiter
Yeah, but could Godzilla have beat District Attorney Berger in court week after week? I don't think so!
52 posted on 03/03/2004 9:35:10 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: hattend
True. :) Some of my favorite memories of childhood were rising at 7:00 AM on Saturday mornings to watch Ultraman followed by Speed Racer. Then the Godzilla movie matinees at the theater on Saturday afternoons. Dad would take me, then fall asleep. :) I have every episode of Ultraman on DVD, and all but two of the Godzilla films.
53 posted on 03/03/2004 9:36:38 AM PST by TheBigB (I know you are but what am I? =P)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
I must admit I have not. Enlighten me. ;)
54 posted on 03/03/2004 9:37:11 AM PST by TheBigB (I know you are but what am I? =P)
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To: TheBigB
I hate it when my bluffs get called. :)
55 posted on 03/03/2004 9:56:32 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Just once I'd like to get by on my looks.)
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To: TheBigB
That would be hard to pin down - any that had the little fairies(?) singing to call up the good Godzilla to save the day. He would take a licking and keep on ticking, never giving up until victorious.
56 posted on 03/03/2004 10:11:39 AM PST by R. Scott (My cynicism rises with the proximity of the elections.)
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To: R. Scott
Wait a minute. I thought the little faries used to sing to wake Mothra? Godzilla got woke up by an atomic blast, and Mothra got woke up by two tiny singing fairies, that's how I remember it.

Anxious Japanese person: "Can you call Mothra?"
Two tiny little faries in tiny little box, aka "the peanut twins": "We will try".

Of course, I freely admit that I could be wrong. Anyone else remember this?

Of course, "Destroy All Monsters" remains one of the all-time great moments of cinema.
57 posted on 03/03/2004 10:20:07 AM PST by Elliott Jackalope (We send our kids to Iraq to fight for them, and they send our jobs to India. Now THAT'S gratitude!)
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To: GreenLanternCorps
Hamilton Berger - what a great name.
58 posted on 03/03/2004 10:20:55 AM PST by G L Tirebiter
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To: G L Tirebiter
Raymond Burr was a sodomite.FYI
59 posted on 03/03/2004 10:31:16 AM PST by Radioactive
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To: yankeedame
I'll say one thing: That Godzilla sure could act.
60 posted on 03/03/2004 10:37:35 AM PST by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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