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Gojira (1954)

Gojira, the king of all monsters, truly came stomping in back in 1954 and helped to change and redefine the genre. Read more>

 9/10
Gojira no gyakushû (1955)

This first sequel already is a huge step down from the first and original movie. Read more>

 6/10
Kingu Kongu tai Gojira (1962)

The previous sequel "Gojira no gyakushû" must not have been a great success, since it took no less than 7 years for the next sequel to appear. And it took another monster to blow new life into the franchise again as well! Read more>

 6/10
Mosura tai Gojira (1964)

Finally a Gojira sequel that's definitely worth recommending! Read more>

 8/10
San daikaijû: Chikyû saidai no kessen (1964)

So what's more awesome than having 2 giant monsters fighting each other? 3 giant monsters fighting each other? No! 4 of course! Read more>

 8/10
Kaijû daisensô (1965)

A yes, sequels in space! Normally it's not a great or very successful combination but leave it up to Gojira for it to still work out as something awesome and entertaining! Read more>

 8/10
Gojira, Ebirâ, Mosura: Nankai no daiketto (1966)

This one generally speaking isn't among the most liked Gojira movies and I can definitely see why but personally, I still enjoyed the movie! Read more>

 7/10
Kaijûtô no kessen: Gojira no musuko (1967)

What were they thinking? Let's introduce a baby Godzilla and hopefully it will appeal to young kids? In any case, this movie works out as a rather silly (yes, even more so than usual) and campy one. Read more>

 5/10
Kaijû sôshingeki (1968)

It's normal that sequels always try to top its predecessor, usually by being bigger and more spectacular in terms of its scope and action but this movie takes the cake! Read more>

 7/10
Gojira-Minira-Gabara: Oru kaijû daishingeki (1969)

This movie must have been a real disappointment and punch in the face for the hardcore Gojira lovers at the time. In this movie, they see their favorite and powerful over-sized lizard getting diminished to a secondary character in a children's movie, that in a lot of ways is more like a campaign movie against bullying. Read more>

 5/10
Gojira tai Hedorâ (1971)

The Gojira movie series really isn't the most consistent one around. Every time that it changes director, the movies also change considerably in its style and approach. In that regard it's actually quite similar to the James Bond franchise for instance, which isn't just a random comparison, since some of the Gojira movies are heavily influenced by the Bond movies of its time, such as, very notably, this one as well. Read more>

 6/10
Chikyû kogeki meirei: Gojira tai Gaigan (1972)

Can't believe they actually brought Jun Fukuda back to direct most of the '70's Gojira sequels. He already was responsible for some of the least liked and worst Gojira movies back in the '60's but I guess that his movies all still made a high enough profit to bring him back in again to direct some more sequels, starting of with this one. Read more>

 6/10
Gojira tai Megaro (1973)

Here's yet another one of the most hated Gojira movies that's around but you know what, it's not THAT bad! Read more>

 6/10
Gojira tai Mekagojira (1974)

This movie is absolutely crazy! Just imaging Gojira meets James Bond, meets Terminator, meets Planet of the Apes and that should basically sum up how this movie is like. Read more>

 8/10
Mekagojira no gyakushu (1975)

An era ended with this movie. The is the last movie out of the original first series and the big guy wouldn't reemerge again till 9 years later. It wasn't planned that way but it's only fitting that the director who started the original series, back in in 1954, also ended it, 21 years later, with this movie. It's far from Ishirô Honda's best or most enjoyable Gojira movie but it's still a pretty decent entry. Read more>

 7/10
Gojira (1984)

Guess who woke up again after a 9-year sleep? Everybody's favorite over-sized lizard is back again to cause havoc in the 'modern world'. Is it a welcome return? Well, sure it's of course good to see him back again in movies, after a 9-year absence but it's hardly the best movie that he has ever starred in. Read more>

 5/10
Gojira vs. Biorante (1989)

Lets see; throughout the decades Gojira fought against dinosaurs, a bunch of giant spiders, a crab, King Kong himself, a giant moth, space monsters and giant robots, just to name a few things. So what could be next? Well, a giant rosebush of course! Read more>

 7/10
Gojira vs. Kingu Gidorâ (1991)

Science-fiction and fantasy of course always have been a big part of the Gojira franchise. Aliens, weather control machines, robots, it all had previously appeared in one or more of the Gojira movies. There even had been some Gojira movies that were set in the future, so it makes sense for a time travel plot line to 'finally' get introduced into a Gojira movie as well. Read more>

 6/10
Gojira vs. Mosura (1992)

Guess who's back? Well, Gojira of course but guess who he took along with him this time; Mothra! Read more>

 7/10
Gojira VS Mekagojira (1993)

It's good to see how the Gojira series throughout the decades continued to evolve and kept on trying out new things, without ever really deteriorating. The Gojira movies from the '90's are quite different from the ones from the '60's and '70's but are they also worse and less entertaining to watch? Not in my opinion! Read more>

 7/10
Gojira VS Supesugojira (1994)

Some great kaijus in an otherwise weak and forgettable movie, that's perhaps the best way to sum this movie up! Read more>

 6/10
Gojira vs. Desutoroiâ (1995)

Maybe it actually was a good and positive thing when every Gojira movie used to be very different from another, with each different and new characters in it. This is the third Gojira movie in a row to put its main focus on the G-force and I have to say, it's getting a bit tiresome to watch. Read more>

 6/10
Godzilla (1998)

Of course most blockbuster are 'dumb' and over-the-top movies, with a simple and silly story and shallow characters. "Godzilla" however really pushes it at times. The movie is at times insulting to our intelligence and the story and storytelling is heavily lacking. Still "Godzilla" does what it's supposed to do; It brings more than enough entertainment to have a pleasant evening. Read more>

 6/10
Gojira ni-sen mireniamu (1999)

Maybe this is the most misunderstood and underrated Gojira movie out of the bunch. I really loved this movie and it is a wonderful homage to the series, as well as a great new and promising start of the 'millennium series'. Read more>

 8/10
Gojira tai Megagirasu: Jî shômetsu sakusen (2000)

Maybe I'm just crazy but I really like the Gojira 'millennium series' so far. Something very fun and charming about modern movies using old school film-making techniques! Read more>

 7/10
Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidorâ: Daikaijû sôkôgeki (2001)

It's not hard to like this movie. It's not only a very entertaining one but also a pretty tight one, when it comes down to its writing and characters. Read more>

 8/10
Gojira tai Mekagojira (2002)

Now that Gojira is a full blown villain again, he of course needs to be stopped and who's better equipped for the job than MechaGodzilla! Read more>

 8/10
Gojira tai Mosura tai Mekagojira: Tôkyô S.O.S. (2003)

It's definitely true that most Gojira movies in its core are all really alike each other. Yet most of the movies still vary heavily in quality, mostly due to some fine little nuances and details, that most of the later movies all seemed to get right though. Read more>

 8/10
Gojira: Fainaru uôzu (2004)

Kind of ironic how all of the other 26 Gojira sequels managed to avoid all of the usual sequel trappings, except for this final one. Read more>

 5/10
Godzilla (2014)

This movie is pretty similar to most of the Japanese Gojira movies in the sense that it's providing some good quality entertainment but it's not necessarily a great movie as well. Having said that, this movie still is very different in style and tone from any of the Japanese movies though and it's therefor also really hard to say how the hardcore Gojira lovers are going to feel about this movie. Read more>

 7/10

About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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