Godzilla franchise distributor, Toho, has unveiled a new trailer and international release details for Godzilla Minus One.
Godzilla Minus One is the 33rd Toho-produced and 37th total installment in the long-running franchise. Godzilla Minus One is directed and written by Takashi Yamazaki who is also working on Godzilla Minus One‘s visual effects. Godzilla Minus One follows a dire post-war Japan in its struggles to fight an emerging Godzilla in the ’40s.
The film is planned to be released on November 3rd, 2023 in Japan, with an international release planned for December 1st of the same year. Minus One is unrelated to Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse franchise, which has Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire being released on April 12th, 2024.
Get Ready To Witness The King of The Monsters’ Grand Entrance In Glorious IMAX
Early this morning, the new official trailer for Godzilla Minus One was released. The trailer continues the teaser’s tone by ominously building up Godzilla’s appearance, only showing him in shadow or in a reflection of the destruction he leaves in ’40s Japan at first. The trailer’s usage of Godzilla’s stomping sound effects also helps portray his foreboding presence. The trailer ends with the phrase, “SURVIVE AND FIGHT,” as a seemingly battle-damaged Godzilla is shown roaring.
Along with the new trailer, a new international poster reveals Godzilla Minus One can also be watched in the IMAX and 4DX formats when it’s released on December 1st internationally.
Godzilla Minus One‘s New Trailer Showcases The Power of Godzilla’s Atomic Breath
Taking a closer look at Minus One’s new trailer confirms the appearance of Godzilla’s famous atomic breath and the sound of his roar in the film. The atomic bomb-esque look of the impact made by the atomic breath calls to mind the Godzilla franchise’s anti-nuclear weapons theme. The explosive impact of this Godzilla’s atomic breath is teased earlier in the trailer when a section of a Japanese city is hit by an explosion nearby where Godzilla stands.
The new trailer also gives more of an insight into the characters and their reactions to Godzilla’s appearance, each line of dialogue stresses the severity of Godzilla’s actions. The trailer’s extremely dour tone suggests Godzilla Minus One might be one of the darkest installments in the Godzilla franchise.
Between the framing of some shots and the darker tone, it really feels like Godzilla Minus One might be taking inspiration from 2014’s Godzilla. The line paired with the shot of a man giving a presentation of some kind, “the government is not telling the public,” is deeply reminiscent of the scene where the characters discuss Godzilla’s classified history with the government in Godzilla.
Ultimately, the visually spectacular set pieces in Godzilla Minus One‘s new trailer will make the upcoming film an IMAX experience a G-Fan can’t miss.
About GODZILLA -1.0/GODZILLA MINUS ONE
Release Date: November 3rd, 2023
Director/Screenplay/VFX: Takashi Yamazaki
Production: Toho Co.
Distribution: Toho Co.
Production: TOHO STUDIO, ROBOT
Logline: After the war, Japan has been reduced to zero. Godzilla appears and plunges the country into a negative state. The most desperate situation in the history of Japan. Who? And how? Will Japan stand up to it?
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