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New Japanese Godzilla Film Listed as Godzilla Resurgence in English

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
TOHO screens promo reel for distribution deals at AFM in Santa Monica

TOHO screened a promo reel for its new Shin Godzilla film at the American Film Market this week, and listed the film with title Godzilla Resurgence for overseas markets.

This year's American Film Market took place on November 4-11 in Santa Monica, California. The industry event focuses on screening promotional material for films for film producers and distributors.

The film's main cast includes:

Hiroki Hasegawa (live-action Attack on Titan films' Shikishima, live-action Princess Jellyfish's Shū Koibuchi, pictured center in photographs above) plays a person linked to the government when Godzilla attacks modern Japan. Yutaka Takenouchi (Hoshi no Kinka, Calmi Cuori Appassionati, Nagareboshi, left) will play another person linked to the government, and Satomi Ishihara (live-action Attack on Titan's Hans/Hanji, Pokémon the Movie: Black - Victini and Reshiram's Karita, right) will play an American agent.

Executive producer Akihiro Yamauchi (Trick, Densha Otoko, Bakuman.) explained that the film's Japanese title, Shin Gojira or Shin Godzilla, signifies that it is not a "revival" or a "rebirth." While it can be translated as "New Godzilla," it can also mean "True Godzilla," "God Godzilla," and other connotations. Chief director Hideaki Anno coined the title to incorporate various possible meanings.

Filming began in the Tokyo suburbs in August and wrapped up at the end of October. According to a Sankei Sports' source close to the production, the story is mainly set in modern Japan, and America is also involved. The new Godzilla will be the tallest one yet, towering over the 108-meter-tall (about 355-foot-tall) incarnation in Gareth Edwards and Legendary Pictures' 2014 Hollywood film.

Anime director Hideaki Anno and live-action Attack on Titan film director Shinji Higuchi are currently collaborating on the film. Anno is serving as chief director and writer, while Higuchi is directing the new film and is also serving as the special effects director.

Higuchi promised that this will be the scariest Godzilla yet, quoting the horrors of the real world, like 9/11, the March 11 tsunami, and subsequent Fukushima nuclear crisis having stripped the the world of its innocence. The film will use a hybrid of actors moving through miniatures (a staple of the early Godzilla films), computer graphics, and special effects.

TOHO will release the film in Japanese theaters next summer.

Higuchi and Anno previously collaborated on "Kyōshinhei Tokyo ni Arawaru" (Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo), Ghibli's live-action tokusatsu short. They also worked together on the Evangelion television series and Royal Space Force - The Wings of Honnêamise. Higuchi's other special-effect director credits include Japan Sinks, the Gamera films, and the 1984 Godzilla film.

[Via The Good, The Bad, and Godzilla, Dread Central]

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