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“Godzilla Minus One” continues the Kaiju’s legacy

Takashi Yamazaki wrote and directed the 2021 film ‘Godzilla Minus One,’ which stands as the 33rd production from the Japanese studio Toho.

The ‘Godzilla’ series comprises a total of 38 films, with the other 5 being American productions not affiliated with Toho. Since its initial release in 1954, ‘Godzilla’ has grown into a major film franchise.

The creature Godzilla has always served as a metaphor for nuclear fallout. ‘Godzilla Minus One’ continues this trend by unfolding in a post-war Tokyo.

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The movie follows Koichi, a former kamikaze pilot who abandons the army and lands on the island of Odo under the guise of ‘fixing’ his plane. Godzilla attacks, killing everyone on the island except Koichi and a mechanic named Tachibana.

The movie explores Koichi’s struggles with suicidal thoughts and feelings of disappointment. He is tasked with taking care of a girl and a child in his old home, which was destroyed in air raids.

The cinematography is one of the best parts of the film. While having a 15 million dollar budget, it doesn’t feel cheap at all.

Godzilla’s design is distinctly lizard-like, creating the impression of a realistic and genuinely frightening monster. This iteration marks one of the scariest depictions in recent memory.

The human characters, usually the weakest aspect, are the highlight in this film. The cast delivers phenomenal performances, making the characters feel authentic.

While not a direct continuation, the film still adds to the ongoing legacy of the legendary kaiju.

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Patrick Daniel
Patrick Daniel, Staff Writer & Artist
Patrick Daniel is in his second year at GHC majoring in Film Studies. Some of his interests include reading comics, listening to music, playing video games and watching movies. He also enjoys studying folklore and urban legends. At his home in Aragon, Georgia, he has a dog and a cat.
Bree Messenger
Bree Messenger, Staff Artist
As a graphic artist, Bree helps provide visuals to fit each article. She is attentive to detail and can be creative when it comes to ideas and artwork. She is an artist at heart and will constantly think of solutions to best fit the puzzle.

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