Gareth Edwards-directed American film opens in Japan this Friday
To celebrate the giant monster's 60th anniversary and to promote the upcoming release of the latest film directed by Gareth Edwards, Nihon Eiga Senmon Channel (Japanese Movie Specialty Channel) had held "Godzilla General Election" to choose the best film from the 28 Japanese-made Godzilla films from May 5 to July 18. The top 4 result was finally announced last Saturday.
As expected, Kazuki Omori's 1989 film Godzilla vs. Biollante was chosen as the best film by the votes, beating the 1954 original film directed by Ishiro Honda in the second. The 17th film has been highly praised by critics and fans for its modern approach to create the basic format and atmosphere of the very successful Heisei series featuring a psychic girl Miki Saegusa played by Megumi Odaka. The third popular film is Godzilla vs. Destoroyah in 1995 and the fourth is Mothra vs. Godzilla in 1964. The full result will be revealed on August 1.
The main reason why the 1954 film didn't win is probably the modern day fans are no longer interested in
an old black-and-white film. NHK, Japan's national public broadcasting station, aired the digital remaster
edition of the 1954 film for the first time on its pay-satellite service BS Premium on July 8. While appreciating
the version's surprising clearness, the biggest complaint among the fans I could find online were that
they couldn't understand what the actors were saying in the film. Some viewers said that they felt a need for
Japanese subtitles for the old Japanese dialogs spoken 60 years ago.
"Godzilla vs. Biollante" Blu-ray jacket
Source: Nihon Eiga Senmon Channel
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