Godzilla: Tokyo SOS

Godzilla: Tokyo SOS
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Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. is a 2003 Japanese kaiju film directed by Masaaki Tezuka, written by Tezuka and Masahiro Yokotani, and produced by Shogo Tomiyama. Produced and distributed by Toho Studios, it is the 28th film in the Godzilla franchise, the fifth film in the franchise’s Millennium series, the 27th Godzilla film produced by Toho, and a direct sequel to the 2002 film Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla. The film features the fictional monster characters Godzilla and Mothra, along with the mecha character Mechagodzilla, who is referred to in the film by the name Kiryu.

Godzilla: Tokyo SOS

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. stars Noboru Kaneko, Miho Yoshioka, Mitsuki Koga, Masami Nagasawa, Chihiro Otsuka, Kou Takasugi, Hiroshi Koizumi, and Akira Nakao, with Tsutomu Kitagawa as Godzilla and Motokuni Nakagawa as Kiryu. It is the only installment in the franchise’s Millennium period which shares continuity with a previous Godzilla film aside from the original 1954 Godzilla, ignoring the events of every film in the series besides the original 1954 film and Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla. Like its predecessor, Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. also shares continuity with the films Mothra and The War of the Gargantuas.

Godzilla: Tokyo SOS

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

In 2004, Kiryu is undergoing repair modifications after its battle with Godzilla one year earlier. Prime Minister Hayato Igarashi accepts Lead Scientist Yoshito Chujo’s choice to replace the Absolute Zero Cannon with a powerful Tri-Maser.

Godzilla: Tokyo SOS

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

The Shobijin warn the Japanese government that Godzilla continues returning to the country because they used the original Godzilla’s bones in Kiryu’s design. If they return the bones to the bottom of the sea, Mothra would gladly take Kiryu’s place in defending Japan, but if they do not, Mothra will not help them. Soon enough, Kamoebas, a giant mata mata turtle, is found washed ashore on a Japanese beach. It is determined by the wounds on Kamoebas’ neck that Godzilla killed it. Godzilla and Mothra fight, but Godzilla seems to have the upper hand. With the repairs finished just in time, Kiryu manages to even the odds, but Godzilla still manages to knock both it and Mothra out.

Godzilla: Tokyo SOS

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

Meanwhile, on Infant Island, two twin Mothra larvae hatch from Mothra’s egg, and rush to help their mother. As Kiryu undergoes repairs again, the larvae try to hold Godzilla off, but Mothra sacrifices herself by flying in the way of Godzilla’s atomic breath, saving the larvae. Just in time, Yoshito and the humans repair Kiryu, who stabs Godzilla’s chest with a drill, causing Godzilla to bleed and roar in pain. The larvae begin to bind Godzilla up in silk. Just as Kiryu’s pilot, Azusa Kisaragi, receives the order by Igarashi to destroy Godzilla before the Kiryu project is scrapped, Kiryu’s soul is reawakened through Godzilla’s roar. The cyborg lifts Godzilla and secures its grip with cables. Kiryu then uses its boosters to carry itself and Godzilla out to sea, but turns over to let its pilot (who had to pilot Kiryu from the inside cockpit) to escape through to a control jet that is flying along side before plunging into the sea with Godzilla.

Godzilla: Tokyo SOS

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

In a post-credits scene, in an undisclosed location, a laboratory is shown, filled with canisters that contain the DNA of numerous Toho kaiju. It is stated in the Japanese version via a narrator announcing that a “bio-formation” experiment involving an “extinct subject” is about to take place, implying that the JXSDF plans to create another mecha or kaiju-based superweapon, which could mean that Godzilla or another monster could appear once again. In the Japanese version, Godzilla and Kiryu are seen one more time on the bottom of the ocean, where Godzilla wakes up and start roaring.

Godzilla: Tokyo SOS

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.

Godzilla: Tokyo SOS

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