Godzilla Minus One

Japanese, English and Czech subtitles
Directing: Takashi Yamazaki
Starring: Ryunosuke Kamiki, Minami Hamabe, Yuki Yamada, Munetaka Aoki
Distributor: TOHO, Piece of Magic Entertainment


Just one year before its seventieth birthday, Godzilla is back. This time the plot is set shortly after the end of World War II. What you can expect is a blockbuster filled with action and entertainment, but especially moments of pure horror.

It is obvious Japan does not ever want to abandon its radioactive villain and has a very good reason for that – Godzilla is simply universal, a cinematic tabula rasa. It can emerge in a post-war horror film shortly after the end of American occupation of Japan, or in a salaryman comedy, a spy thriller, an environmental drama or in a subversive experiment by the author of Neon Genesis Evangelion. Regarding the meaning, Godzilla may represent everything from the fear of the United States, horrors of a war, natural disasters, the clash between conservatism and progressivism, late capitalism or simply a little kid‘s friend, sweetly falling to sleep on a monster island. Godzilla Minus One merges the concept of kaiju eiga (a monster film) and a period drama and shows a new direction that the Japanese monsters of TOHO could pursue in the 21st century.