GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA II (1993)
Following the utter devastation caused by Godzilla in the films Return of Godzilla (1984), Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989), Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991), and Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992), the UN has established a high-tech Godzilla Countermeasures Center to respond to Godzilla's nuclear threat. Studying the remains of the Mecha-King Ghidorah from the future, they have created the ultimate Godzilla-fighting weapon: a giant piloted robot called Mechagodzilla. It's a good thing too because soon Japan's soon going to have a whole lot of monsters on its hands.
|Sparks will fly as Godzilla challenges his digital double|
|Mess with Rodan and you're playing with FIRE!|
The overall human plot is rather uninspired, but Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II is a triumph of special effects. The battles are exciting and electric, and the new monster and robot suits are amazing! Rodan is so detailed even his wings have veins. You'll also be hard-pressed to find a cuter animatronic suit than Baby Godzilla (although his next appearance as Godzilla Jr. really pushes the cute-factor up to 11). Although I like the later redesign of Mechagodzilla in the Millenium series better, this Mechagodzilla is a worthy successor to the original and packed with thrilling gimmicks and tremendous firepower. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II is a straight-up popcorn movie. Bright, flashy, explosive, and full of woo-woo fantasy science that really doesn't make much sense at all, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II is pure monster fantasy entertainment.
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II was directed once again Takao Okawara with a score by Akira Ifukube. It was released in Japan on December 11, 1993 but never got a North American release until Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment released it on DVD in 1999 and then re-issued it in 2005. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II was another box office and critical success in Japan, but for the next film Toho would begin to experiment with the audience's taste for obscure characters and new monsters. For tomorrow's 30 Days of Godzilla, we'll be giving a rundown of the 1994 film GODZILLA VS. SPACE GODZILLA.