30 Days of Godzilla – Day 2: Favorite Kaiju and Godzilla Raids Again (1955) Review

30 Days of Godzilla: Day 2: Favorite Kaiju- Again besides Godzilla I really do like Anguirus, Rodan, and Mothra. I also like King Ghidorah, Destroyah, Gigan, MechaGodzilla, Biollante, SpaceGodzilla, I love them all!

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30 Days of Godzilla- Review: Gojira no Gyakushu/Godzilla Raids Again or Godzilla’s Counterattack 1955:

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Immediately after the success of the of Gojira, Toho thought they would capitalize and come out with a sequel, giving the crew 6 months about to work on the film. Does it hold up?
Well it’s not awful, but if you’re expecting the same film as the original, you’ll sadly not find it here or at least not being the focus. But what you will get is despite only 6 months, Tsuburaya is still able to deliver the special effects (say for a few stuff here). Also in this film we see the popularized, monster vs. monster plot and experimenting with how to have two people in suits fight it out. The result is not too shabby, though still needing some improving the fight actually felt vicious and animal like at times. It was very nice to see.

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Human wise, there might not be much for people but like the original our key players are around but the film does focus on how Godzilla and Anguirus are disasters waiting to happen, so they must be prepared. The cast performances aren’t bad either given the material. Though brief, Kyohei Yamane’s appearance was nice and Takashi Shimura really makes use of his time on screen. There’s also a character named Kobayashi who is kind of the every man just trying to make a living, and what happens to him is kind of bitter.

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But I think that is where some complaints will come, is the films directing and music. Not terrible but it’s kind of a mood whiplash based on the original. Ishiro Honda and Akira Ifukube didn’t work on this film so that might explain the change. Not to say Motoyoshi Oda or Masaru Sato were bad because they weren’t, but they weren’t spectacular either. They did their job competently and managed to make a watchable and entertaining film. I give them credit for that.

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I would say maybe watch this film at least once as a Tokusatsu/Godzilla film, but I don’t think it will be for everyone. It does feel like a rushed production (cause it was) at times and the tonal shift will feel kind of off if you only saw the original. Though this film is a precursor to what the Showa era of Godzilla would take, so I’m not too harsh on the tonal change. But it also feels like a missed opportunity to really bring us an interesting sequel. So watch if you want to but don’t expect the original or .vs Mothra (1964), you’ll get probably at best feel average about it. I got some pleasing enjoyment from it though, so I’m happy.

 

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