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Shin Godzilla

Shin Godzilla (シン・ゴジラ, Shin Gojira), is a 2016 Japanese film directed by Hideaki Anno. It was released in Japan by Toho on July 29, 2016.

Shin Godzilla poster

“Shin Godzilla” poster

Basic information

Original title (Japanese): シン・ゴジラ
Phonetic title: Shin Gojira
English title: Shin Godzilla
Other title: Godzilla: Resurgence
Language: Japanese
Country: JP Japan
Runtime: 119 minutes
Genre: Fantasy film, Action film
Director: Hideaki Anno (chief), Shinji Higuchi
Scriptwriter: Hideaki Anno
Producer: Minami Ichikawa (chief), Taichi Ueda, Yoshihiro Sato, Masaya Shibusawa, Kazutoshi Wadakura
Production company: Toho Pictures, Cine Bazar
Distribution company: Toho
Release date: July 29, 2016

Plot

The Japan Coast Guard investigates an abandoned yacht in Tokyo Bay, but their boat is destroyed and the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line is flooded. After seeing a viral video showing the area, Japan's Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Rando Yaguchi theorize that the incident was caused by a living creature. His theory is dismissed but later confirmed when news reports show a massive tail coming out of the ocean. The massive aquatic creature moves inland via rivers. The Japanese Prime Minister was assures that the creature is unable to come onto land due to its weight, but it indeed makes landfall. The creature moves through the city, leaving a massive wake of destruction and civilian casualties, before evolving into a red-skinned form that can stand upright on its hind legs and then returning to the ocean with no clear cause.

The top government officials focus on military strategy and civilian safety, while Yaguchi is put in charge of a task force to research the creature. Due to high radiation readings, the creature is theorized to be energized through nuclear fission. The U.S. sends a special envoy, Kayoko Ann Patterson, who reveals that a disgraced, vehemently anti-nuclear zoology professor, Goro Maki, had been studying mutations caused by radioactive contamination and theorized the appearance of the creature, but the U.S. covered it up. The yacht abandoned in Tokyo Bay had belonged to Maki and he had left his investigative notes there before disappearing.

The creature, now named Godzilla after Maki's research, reappears, now twice its original size, and makes landfall near Kamakura en route for Tokyo. The Japan Self-Defense Forces are mobilized, but their attacks have no effect and receive casualties. They are forced to withdraw to protect civilians. The U.S. intervenes base on defending their embassy, and the civilian needs to evacuate underground. Fearing the worst, the officials evacuate too.B-2 bombers sent by the U.S. bombard Godzilla, causing some injuries, but Godzilla responds with highly destructive atomic rays fired from its mouth and dorsal fins. The battle leaves radiation fallout & destruction in huge part of Tokyo along with the helicopters carrying the top Japanese government officials. After depleting its energy, Godzilla enters a dormant state and becomes immobile.

Yaguchi's team discovers that Godzilla's fins and blood work as a cooling system, and theorize that through the use of a coagulating agent, they could trigger a reaction and cause Godzilla to freeze. Furthermore, after analyzing tissue samples, they find that Godzilla is continuing to grow & evolve, that the creature is able to reproduce asexually. The United Nations, aware of this, informs Japan that they will use thermonuclear weapons against Godzilla. Ordering evacuation in multiple prefectures in just a few weeks. Unwilling to see nuclear weapons detonated in Japan again, Patterson decides to use her political connections to buy time. Concurrently Yaguchi's team solves Maki's notes & procure coagulant & hardware, from international & private sources in exchange for info.

Japan enact their deep freeze plan before the time limit, first they provoke Godzilla into using its atomic breath, with large number of UMV, until it depletes. The team then detonates explosives in the nearby buildings, knocking Godzilla down and giving the tankers full of coagulant access to inject into Godzilla's mouth. Though many people are killed in the process, the team's plan succeeds and Godzilla is frozen solid. In the aftermath, the temporary Japanese cabinet is dissolve and the international community agrees to delay the strike but have the new Japanese government agree that, in the event of Godzilla's reawakening, a immediate thermonuclear strike is executed. Further more the half-life of radiation from Godzilla, is only 20 days meaning Tokyo can be reoccupy soon.

Directly before the closing credits, Godzilla's tail shows humanoid creatures frozen in the middle of emergence.

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