Madman Entertainment has announced the release of the first new Japanese Godzilla film in over a decade, SHIN GODZILLA. The 31st film in the franchise will start screening in Australian cinemas from October 13 and New Zealand cinemas from October 20. Tickets and cinemas available from godzilla.com.au.
Written and directed by Hideaki Anno – who you will know as the filmmaker behind Evangelion – and Shinji Higuchi (Attack on Titan), the King of Monsters receives a terrifying resurgence for a new generation in SHIN GODZILLA. Not only is this the tallest incarnation of Godzilla ever to appear on-screen, but the monster is also heavily inspired by the iconic 1954 original.
Adapted to the US in 2014, this might be the first chance modern Western audiences get to see where the legacy that started in the nuclear age led Japanese filmmakers over the course of the next 60 years. Indeed, Anno and many other of his contemporaries were inspired by these original films to create the iconic classics that stand alongside the kaiju king.
It’s a peaceful day in Japan when a strange fountain of water erupts in the bay, causing panic to spread among government officials. At first, they suspect only volcanic activity, but one young executive dares to wonder if it may be something different… something alive. His worst nightmare comes to life when a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and begins tearing through the city, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake.
As the government scrambles to save the citizens, a rag-tag team of volunteers cuts through a web of red tape to uncover the monster’s weakness and its mysterious ties to a foreign superpower. But time is not on their side—the greatest catastrophe to ever befall the world is about to evolve right before their very eyes. The film stars Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, and Satomi Ishihara. It was released in Japanese cinemas on 29 July 2016.