With all of the excitement surrounding Michael Dougherty’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters following Tokyo Comic-Con (not to mention the announcement that we’ll be seeing a new trailer for the film this Sunday), it’s the perfect time to dive deep into the most recent incarnation of Godzilla’s cinematic counterpart in Japan.
Shin Godzilla, released in 2016, swept the 40th Japan Academy Awards and remains the top-grossing Godzilla film ever made. Still, it’s a somewhat controversial installment in the enduring franchise, boasting a completely new version of the iconic beast, one that differed drastically in many ways from the best-known incarnations of Godzilla. The ending was especially divisive, with Godzilla essentially freezing into an impenetrable statue after a coordinated counterattack.
Folks were, like, “Is that it? What does it mean?” It turns out there was quite a lot going on in Shin Godzilla’s final moments, but you need a wider context in order to truly appreciate the implications. A new YouTube channel, Fact & Fiction Explored, explains Shin Godzilla in a way that will truly change everything about how you look at the film.
“Today I want to explain the ending of the movie and exactly what is going on with Shin Godzilla’s tail and what it represents as there is a fair amount of thematic intent in shin Godzilla. What we see at the end of the film is Godzilla forming his own committee, banding together, many multiple humanoid Godzillas, working together to then, once and for all, take down the humans that created him in the first place.”
If you’ve never seen Shin Godzilla, bookmark this page and revisit it once you’ve had a chance to watch the movie in its entirety. You can check out the synopsis and trailer below. Otherwise, dive into the video, embedded at the top of the article.
Japan is plunged into chaos when a skyscraper-sized lizard monster rises from the deep of Tokyo Bay and lays waste to Tokyo.
Shin Godzilla was co-directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi and stars Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, and Satomi Ishihara.
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