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Toho Kaiju Film
Shin Gojira Theatrical Poster
Godzilla: Resurgence
Directed by                   Produced by
Shinji Higuchi
Hideaki Anno[1]
Minami Ichikawa,
Taichi Ueda,
Yoshihiro Sato,
Masaya Shibusawa, Kazutoshi Wadakura, Akihiro Yamauchi (Executive)
Written by                       Music by  
Hideaki Anno[1] Shiro Sagisu[2]
Distributed by                       Rating      
Toho Company Ltd.JP
To be announced
  Budget                           Box Office
To be announced To be added
Running Time
118 minutesJP
(1 hour, 58 minutes)
Designs Used

Japan vs. Godzilla. (ニッポン対ゴジラ。) „ 

— Tagline

Godzilla: Resurgence (シン・ゴジラ,   Shin Gojira?) is a 2016 Japanese tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho Company Ltd., and the 29th installment in the Godzilla series.[3][4] It was released in Japanese theaters on July 29, 2016, and will be released in late 2016 in 100 international territories, including North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.


The film was revealed through[3] The movie was set to be in production from summer to autumn 2015. In addition, Toho inaugurated "Godzi-Con" to discuss and determine strategies for future Godzilla films, including this one.[5] On March 31, 2015, it was officially confirmed that Hideaki Anno, known for his work on the popular anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, would be writing the screenplay for the film and serve as executive director, and that Shinji Higuchi, who provided the special effects for the Heisei Gamera trilogy, the upcoming Attack on Titan live-action films, and a scene in Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, would be the film's director as well as the director of special effects.

Godzilla 2016 Foot Design

Godzilla's footprint

It was also said that the version of Godzilla in this film would exceed the size of Legendary's Godzilla, making it officially the largest Godzilla ever on film.[6]

On July 31, 2015, Bandai Creation confirmed that it would be producing and releasing figures for the film in the United States in 2016.[7]

In an interview with the Associated Press conducted on July 31, 2015, Shinji Higuchi revealed that Hideaki Anno had recently completed the film's script, and that filming would begin in September.[8] Higuchi stated that he was under strict orders not to reveal any specific details about the film, but he did state that Godzilla would be portrayed in the film using a combination of computer graphics and traditional tokusatsu techniques, a style that Higuchi called "hybrid," which he also utilized to portray the Titans in the recent live-action Attack on Titan film. Higuchi stressed that he wanted to create the most terrifying depiction of Godzilla possible with the resources available to modern Japanese cinema, to reflect the world's recent "loss of innocence" from modern real-life tragedies like the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the tsunami and nuclear disaster in northeastern Japan, which Higuchi called "the real monsters of the world."[9]

In the 2015 Tsuruoka Kamakura Hachiman Paper Lantern Festival, a Godzilla paper lantern signed by Hideaki Anno could be found. It read "・ゴジラ・再上陸 Godzilla Relanding!"[10]

Filming began on September 6, 2015 at the Kamata Railway Station, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.[11]

A smaller scale shoot took place in Yokodai Station in Yokohama, Japan. Filming wrapped up at about 6:00 PM JST.

Another small scale shoot took place in Kamakura Station in Yokohama.

The next large-scale shooting was on September 20, 2015, at the city of Utsunomiya in the Tochigi Prefecture of Japan. The shoot lasted from 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM.[12]

Shin Gojira Webpage

Main page of the official Shin Gojira website

On September 22, 2015, the film's official title was revealed to be Shin Gojira (シン・ゴジラ?), which translates to New Godzilla in English. According to executive producer Akihiro Yamauchi, the title was chosen to exemplify how the film is a "rebirth" or "revival" to the franchise. Hideaki Anno reportedly decided upon the title to bring about various meanings. On the same day, three of the main cast members were also revealed. Hiroki Hasegawa, who played Shikishima in Shinji Higuchi's Attack on Titan, was cast as the lead, a man working for the Japanese government when Godzilla appears. Japanese Academy Award-winning actor Yutaka Takenouchi was cast as another government operative, while actress Satomi Ishihara, who played Hange Zoe in the Attack on Titan film, was cast as an American agent.[13] Toho also launched an official website for the film.

Toho screened a test reel for the film at the annual American Film Market (AFM) in Santa Monica, California, which ran from November 4th-11th. It was at this festival that Toho revealed the official English title of the film, Godzilla: Resurgence.[14]

On December 9, 2015, Katsuro Onoue, special effects director under Shinji Higuchi for the Attack on Titan films, tweeted a teaser poster for the film, featuring a close-up of the new Godzilla's face along with the film's Japanese title and a release date of July 29, 2016.[15] This poster reveal was soon followed by the release of a brief teaser trailer featuring footage from the Kamata Station shoot and the 1954 Godzilla's roar. The new head design for Godzilla is heavily based on his 1954 design and preserves the traditional maple-leaf shape of his dorsal plates. Unlike previous designs, this Godzilla has countless rows of jagged sharp teeth in his mouth, giving him a much more grotesque and savage appearance. His eyes are also much smaller than previous suits. That same day, it was also revealed that the new Godzilla's official height was 118.5 meters tall, making him officially the tallest Godzilla to appear in a film.[16]

On December 10, Toho's official website revealed that Shiro Sagisu had been selected to compose the film's score.[2] Sagisu had previously worked with both Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, scoring Anno's Neon Genesis Evangelion series and Higuchi's Attack on Titan films.

On January 3, 2016, images of the Godzilla 2016 suit were leaked to the internet.[17]

In March 2016, Toho ran a short interview with the three main cast members of the film during intermissions in their theaters. This interview revealed the names of the actors' characters: Satomi Ishihara's character's name is Kayoko Ann Patterson, Yutaka Takenouchi's is Hideki Akagi, and Hiroki Hasegawa's is Ladou Yaguchi.[18]

In order to celebrate the film's upcoming release, the Jimbocho Theater announced it would be screening all 28 Toho Godzilla films along with the 2014 American film from May 7 to June 17.[19]

Godzilla and Evangelion

"Godzilla vs. Evangelion" artwork from Toho's April Fool's prank

On April Fool's Day in Japan (March 31 in the United States), Toho announced a fake Godzilla vs. Evangelion film, even releasing artwork showing Godzilla with Evangelion Unit-01. This April Fool's joke was likely done as a nod to Hideaki Anno's work on both franchises. Toho later revealed the announcement was a prank, but also announced an official collaboration between themselves and Gainax involving Evangelion Unit-01 being featured on exclusive tickets for Godzilla: Resurgence.

On April 13, Toho released an official trailer for the film, showing several of the characters from the film along with Godzilla's full design in action, rendered through CGI. A shorter 32-second version of the trailer was released as well. Toho also updated the film's official website with cast and staff information of the film, as well as a new screenshot of Godzilla in the website's background. Composer Shiro Sagisu's website announced that the soundtrack for Godzilla: Resurgence would go on sale on the film's release date of July 29, and would be sold by King Records.[20]

On May 25, it was announced that the company Intercontinental Film Distributors (H.K.) Ltd., who has distributed various Hollywood films in Hong Kong in theaters and on home video, would be giving Godzilla: Resurgence a theatrical release in Hong Kong starting on August 25.[21] It had recently been confirmed that the film would also be released theatrically in Taiwan starting on August 12.[22] On June 1, the Thai film production and distribution company Sahamongkol Film International Co. Ltd. announced via Twitter that it would be distributing Godzilla: Resurgence theatrically in Thailand starting on July 28, one day ahead of the film's Japanese release.[23]

Shinji Higuchi was present at Tokyo Toy Show on June 9, where he took the stage at Bandai and Tamashii Nations' Godzilla presentation. Accompanied by MireGoji, Higuchi showcased the upcoming S.H. MonsterArts Light Sound Songs Godzilla 1989 figure, and also unveiled the new S.H. MonsterArts Godzilla 2016 figure. While at the presentation, Higuchi confirmed that Godzilla: Resurgence was currently in post-production and not yet fully completed, as he and everyone else working on the film were continuing to work until the very end to make something great.[24]

A report published by SciFi Japan on June 13 clarified that Godzilla: Resurgence would not be a sequel to the original 1954 film, and will instead feature a story where Godzilla appears in Japan for the very first time.[25]


Godzilla: Resurgence takes place in modern-day Japan, which has suffered an attack by Godzilla. The United States soon gets involved in the chaos to help Japan secure its existence.[13]

The Coast Guard boards a small boat in Tokyo Harbor. Its occupant, a scientist, has vanished. Suddenly, the boat rocks violently. Meanwhile, a large amount of what appears to be blood crashes into an underwater tunnel.

People evacuate while the Japanese government desperately tries to determine what caused the incident. At first they insist that it's impossible for it to have been caused by a living thing, but the appearance of a tail in the water changes that. Then they announce on TV that there's no way creature in the water will cause landfall. But it does.

The creature resembles a moray eel with back legs and a dorsal structure. It flops unceasingly down the streets of Tokyo, pushing ships and cars in front of it, crushing everything in its path as well as climbing on buildings, causing them to collapse. It periodically bleeds out of gill-like openings in its throat. The government meetings continue.

Suddenly, the creature stops moving and its body begins to glow. Then, it begins to stretch grotesquely. Its back legs grow and the creature stands up on two feet. Tiny, stubby arms protrude from its sides. The Self-Defense Force arrives to attack it. However, the Prime Minister refuses to allow the attack to begin, as there are still people in the vicinity.

The monster proceeds back to the harbor and disappears into the sea. Now the government must figure out what has happened, try to prevent it from happening again, and clean the mess up.

Committees are formed. A group of marginal scientists gathers to try to research the monster with what limited knowledge they have. Talks begin with governments around the world, most of all the U.S. government. What makes the beast move? Where did it come from? What happened to the scientist on the ship, who just so happened to be studying this creature?

Then, appearing in the Tokyo Harbor comes Godzilla. A further evolved incarnation, Godzilla is more than twice the size it was at its first appearance. It slowly enters Tokyo, wreaking havoc with every step, destroying the city. The government struggles to come up with answers.

The Self-Defense Force comes back. The prime minister reluctantly gives permission to hit Godzilla with everything they have, with which they do. Godzilla, however, maintains an undamaged state.

The U.S. government steps in, dropping bombs on Godzilla's back. They succeed, causing Godzilla to bleed.

Godzilla soon appears to be vomiting. Purple beams and fire plume from its mouth. Godzilla sets all of Tokyo ablaze followed by beams shooting continuously from Godzilla's back spikes. The armies of both countries are demolished. Japanese government officials, including the prime minister, die when their helicopter is destroyed by a single beam.

After thoroughly destroying the city, Godzilla abruptly freezes in place.

Now there is an even bigger incentive to find Godzilla's secrets and stop it. The places in the city where Godzilla's beams touched have severely high nuclear radiation readings. They study the immobile Godzilla and find that it is slowly producing nuclear energy. Godzilla runs on nuclear power, and it has depleted all of its power in its recent rampage, repleneshing energy to continue.

The scientists find that Godzilla has more DNA information than any other creature on Earth, at least eight times more than the human genome. It is highly evolved, and may continue to evolve further.

The U.S. government wants to take over dealings with Godzilla, planning to drop a nuclear bomb on Tokyo. They begin a countdown and give the Japanese 2 weeks to evacuate.

The scientists and government formulate a plan: the Yashiori Strategy.

They send driverless trains, carrying bombs, to crash into Godzilla's legs who wakes up promptly after. They use American drones to drop bombs on Godzilla. Godzilla gets angry and begins shooting beams out of its mouth, spikes, and tail. The Japanese knock buildings down on Godzilla so it struggles to get up. Pump trucksare rapidly sent in, pumpingredients into Godzilla's mouth a substance that freezes its blood. Soon, Godzilla freezes in place.

Finally, Godzilla is stopped frozen in the middle of Tokyo. The Americans' countdown has been paused, but not cancelled; if Godzilla reawakens, Tokyo will be inflicted with a nuclear strike. The people of Japan have no choice but to live together with an immobilized Godzilla.

The final shot appears to be a closeup of Godzilla's tail. Myriads of skeletal humanoid figures can be seenon the tail, all of them possessing Godzilla-esque dorsal spikes.


Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Hiroki Hasegawa   as   Rando Yaguchi
  • Yutaka Takenouchi   as   Hideki Akasaka
  • Satomi Ishihara   as   Kayoko Ann Patterson
  • Ren Osugi   as   Prime Minister Seiji Okouchi
  • Akira Emoto   as   Ryuta Azuma, Chief Cabinet Secretary
  • Kengo Kora   as   Yusuke Shimura, Executive Secretary to Chief Cabinet Deputy Secretary
  • Mikako Ichikawa   as   Hiromi Ogashira, Ministry of the Environment Bureaucrat
  • Jun Kunimura   as   Zaizen, Joint Chief of Staff
  • Pierre Taki   as   Saigo, Taba Regimental Combat Team Captain
  • Kimiko Yo   as   Reiko Hanamori, Minister of Defense
  • Sei Hiraizumi   as   Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
  • Kenichi Yajima   as   Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism
  • Akira Hamada   as   Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications
  • Toru Tezuka   as   Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
  • Arata Furuta   as   National Police Agency Commissioner-General
  • Moro Morooka   as   National Police Agency Criminal Investigation Bureau Director
  • Tetsu Watanabe   as   Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary for Crisis Management
  • Taro Suwa   as   Disaster Prevention Division Director
  • Ken Mitsuishi   as   Tokyo Governor
  • Takashi Fujiki   as   Tokyo Deputy Governor
  • Kyusaku Shimada   as   Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bureaucrat Official
  • Kanji Tsuda   as   Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare Bureaucrat
  • Kazuo Takahashi   as   Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Bureaucrat
  • Yu Kamio   as   Foreign Ministry Official
  • Toru Nomaguchi   as   Tachikawa, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry Official
  • Satoshi Matsuo   as   Vice Chairman of the Policy Affairs Research Council for the LDP
  • Shinya Tsukamoto   as   Biologist
  • Kazuo Hara   as   Biologist
  • Isshin Inudo   as   Paleontologist
  • Akira Ogata   as   Marine Biologist
  • Atsuko Maeda   as   Refugee
  • Ren Mori   as   Refugee
  • Shingo Tsurumi   as   Yajima, Joint Staff Office Vice-Chief
  • Takumi Saito   as   Ikeda, #1 Tank Squadron Captain
  • KREVA   as   Murasaki, #2 Tank Squadron Captain

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Jun Hashimoto   as   Miki, JGSDF Eastern Army Chief of Staff
  • Hairi Katagiri   as   Prime Minister's Office Staffer
  • Matsuo Suzuki   as   Journalist
  • Kawase Yota   as   Journalist
  • Takahiro Miura   as   Journalist
  • Ikuji Nakamura   as   Cabinet Office Minister of State for Special Missions
  • Keisuke Koide   as   Fire Brigade Captain
  • Kosei Kato   as   National Police Agency in Charge of Crisis Management Personnel
  • Shohei Abe   as   Fire and Disaster Management Agency in Charge of Crisis Management Personnel
  • Daisuke Kuroda   as   Nuclear Regulatory Agency Staffer
  • Kihachi Okamoto   as   Professor Goro Maki

Theatrical Releases

  • Japan - July 29, 2016
  • Thailand - July 28, 2016[23]
  • Taiwan - August 12, 2016[22]
  • Philippines - August 24, 2016
  • Hong Kong - August 25, 2016[21]
  • Macao - August 25, 2016
  • Singapore - August 25, 2016
  • Malaysia - September 22, 2016
  • USA - October 11, 2016


On September 16, 2016, the cast expressed their desire for a sequel to the movie, but director Hideaki Anno has said the sequel to the film would be up to Toho.[26]




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  1. 1.0 1.1 Godzilla 2016 Writer/Director and SFX Director Confirmed - Oricon
  2. 2.0 2.1 Movie Lineup - Godzilla: Resurgence -
  3. 3.0 3.1 Japanese Godzilla Returns! -
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  5. 日本版『ゴジラ』復活!12年ぶり完全新作映画が公開決定!
  6. New 2016 Godzilla Film to be Written and Directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi - Oricon
  7. Interview: Bandai America - Toho Kingdom
  8. New Japanese Godzilla Movie Filming This Weekend in Tokyo - Dread Central
  9. AP Interview: Japan's 'Godzilla' Director Wants to Surprise - ABC News
  10. Godzilla 2016 Godzilla Relanding
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  13. 13.0 13.1 New Japanese Godzilla Film Unveils Cast, Title - Anime News Network
  14. "Shin Godzilla" Promo Reel Screens at AFM! Official English Title: "Godzilla Resurgence" - The Good, the Bad, and Godzilla -
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  16. New Godzilla exceeds size of Hollywood version at 118.5 meters tall - Yahoo! Japan
  17. Toho's New "Godzilla: Resurgence" Exposed - The Good, the Bad and Godzilla
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  19. Screening of all past 29 films! Shin Gojira public commemoration! -
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  22. 22.0 22.1 Shin Godzilla - Catchplay Theatrical
  23. 23.0 23.1 "Godzilla is back again in a new film" - Sahamongkolfilm on Twitter
  24. Godzilla: Resurgence is unfinished, Shinji Higuchi reveals at Godzilla figure presentation - Natalie
  25. GODZILLA RESURGENCE: Exclusive High-Res Photos from Toho - SciFi Japan
  26. "Director Hideaki Anno Discusses Shin Godzilla's Sequel Prospects - News - Anime News Network

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