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5.0 out of 5 stars 50 years young
The 28th and supposedly "final" Godzilla film, "Godzilla: "Final Wars" was released in Japan in 2004 to mark the 50th anniversary of, unarguably Japan's biggest film star.
To mark this event, Toho Studios upped the budget, expanded the locations to China, Australia and America and bought in acclaimed action director Ryuhei Kitamura.
The result... well, it...
Published on 18 Feb 2006 by Godsballs

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars no english subtitles!
I don't mind no english over dub but assumed there would be english subtitles...
There aren't

You get german with German subtitles or japanese with german subtitles

Useless to me
Why is it on sale on uk site?
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 50 years young, 18 Feb 2006
The 28th and supposedly "final" Godzilla film, "Godzilla: "Final Wars" was released in Japan in 2004 to mark the 50th anniversary of, unarguably Japan's biggest film star.
To mark this event, Toho Studios upped the budget, expanded the locations to China, Australia and America and bought in acclaimed action director Ryuhei Kitamura.
The result... well, it was always going to split fans down the middle. The movie is a drastic move away from the "traditional" Godzilla style and, for this viewer, a welcome one.
Plot wise, monsters go on the rampage but then disappear thanks to the arrival of seemingly "friendly" Aliens, who's intentions are anything but. Cue monsters again under alien control, and the only things that can stop them are wrestler Don Frye in his flying tank thing and... Godzilla!
Yes, the film rips-off "The Matrix" wholesale and the soundtrack - by English prog rocker Keith Emerson and US nu-metal band Sum 41 - is unlike anything ever heard in a Godzilla film, but it only adds to the charm of a movie that just wants to do its own thing. In many ways its reminiscent of the 1980 "Flash Gordon" - subtly just is not a factor here.
Toho even delved into their own back catalogue with references to the runaway planet Gorath (from "Gorath"), and Frye's ship the Goten (from "The War in Space") while the opening scenes also feature images from "War of the Gargantua's" and "Yog Monster From Space". And then there are the monsters... out of retirement come Angilas, Gigan and King Seesar, along with Rodan and Mothra... and more. Event eh US Godzilla (now called "Zilla") makes an appearance (along with the films best gag).
The martial arts sequence also extend to the monster fights, the visual effects are often stunning, sometimes plain awful, the humour is sometimes OTT, there's a totally baffling sub plot involving son-of-Godzilla, Minilla, that makes no sense whatsoever and there's Kazuki Kitamura's wonderful performance as controller of Planet X performed with a relish not seen wince Brian Blessed in "Flash Gordon".
The Sony DVD offers original Japanese soundtrack with subtitles or a dubbed track. The image is in original widescreen - oh that Sony would go back and give this treatment to the whole Godzilla series.
GFW is a mess, but its also a lot of fun!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When will the UK be able buy Godzilla on DVD?, 5 Aug 2008
There was a time, in the 80's-early 90's when Godzilla films were always on TV. I taped a few at the time, cus I was a huge Godzilla fan. Where has he gone since?
I have realised that I haven't even seen half of the films they have made - 28. 'Godzilla' 98, 'Godzilla' original and 'King Kong vs Godzilla' are available, but I'm desperately waiting for them to release the lot. When?
People want them! Hurry Up! Why does America get everything?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Godzilla, 18 Feb 2006
This has to be the best Godzilla and genral Kaiju film since Destroy all Monsters. With a total of 15 monsters, great human and monster fighting, UFOs, Motorbike chases and The American Godzilla getting re-named as Zilla a giant desert lizard then getting beaten down by the real godzilla makes this film have its 5 star rating.
Althought the human action in this film is by far some of the best in a godzilla film its the monsters who make the film so good.
Their redesigned suits look great and with new attacks and epic city destroying. Monsters like Anguirus, Rodan, Keizer Ghidorah and Ebirah (in the best human vs monster battle ever) share in the king of the monsters thunder.
Then theirs the king of the monsters, Godzilla himself. Inwhich we see him at his very best and very strongest too date.
Lets just hope that final wars may not be Godzillas final.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ROARRR!, 6 Dec 2006
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@GeekZilla9000 "I am completely operational a... (Doncaster, Yorkshire, UK.) - See all my reviews
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Godzilla at its finest!

This has everything a Godzilla film could have - more monsters than you can shake a plastic Godzilla figure at!

There is a blatant rip off of the Matrix fight scenes in this films - but you don't mind this style being 'borrowed' considering the Hollywood treatment of Japans best known giant creature.

Speaking of which - the CGI Hollywood "GINO" appears in this film and promptly gets squidged by the real Godzilla. This was a nice move that we fans appreciate - especially with the comment in the film that that monster was once mistaken for the actual Godzilla.

This film shows how suitmation and models of cities can create a fantastic range of effects, just use a bit of imagination. This film is fun, stylish, and very enjoyable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars no english subtitles!, 2 Jun 2014
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I don't mind no english over dub but assumed there would be english subtitles...
There aren't

You get german with German subtitles or japanese with german subtitles

Useless to me
Why is it on sale on uk site?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pure Entertainment!, 22 July 2007
Celebrating the anniversary of the Big G in real style, i don't think i have seen a movie that is as simply entertaining in a long time, two hours just flew by. Essentially a jazzed up variation on Destroy all Monsters (Aliens control monsters, unleash monsters, humans fight back), Final Wars steals outrageously from every major US sci-fi film of the last fifteen years including The Matrix and Independence Day, but given the amount of ideas Hollywood has pinched from Japanese cinema i'm not really complaining. The monsters, all 15 of them are all given some great scenes, and look as good as they have ever done, Toho obviously spent some money on this monster bash and the film benefits from the great suit and set work, Big G himself doesn't show up properly until halfway through the picture, but is given a great entrance and is as mean and tough as ever.
Trying for something different this time, prog rocker Keith Emerson contributes to the score which kicks off with a beefed up version of the classic Godzilla theme and throws in typical synth beats and vocal work, it's not typical of a Godzilla film but it suits this film perfectly.
There is even a brief moment of reflection as Godzilla's rage is explained, and we hark back fifty years to what started this all in the first place, as i said at the start as a fan you will struggle to find a film that is as purely entertaining as this, it also features the most wicked cinematic in-joke at the expense of Godzilla's US counterpart that is worth the price of admission alone!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy & monster-packed - what more do you want?!, 7 Nov 2011
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S. Coleman "pootercommuter" (Surrey) - See all my reviews
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I bought this as I love the old Toho godzillas, even though it's incredibly hard to find UK format DVDs of them (loads of NTSC versions, no PAL ones, so unless you have a region-free DVD player you're stuck), and this was one of the few UK-compatible ones around. It's got Polish subtitles, but is dubbed in English and so perfectly understandable.

As for the plot - well, it does everything you'd expect from a Toho style Godzilla film, but with better effects - although still the classically cheesy 'men in suits' type monsters, I hasten to add, as where would the fun be without them?! The basic premise of the film is that Godzilla's lain buried in ice for the past few decades after being 'put there' by us humans, so he's fairly annoyed at us, it's fair to say (!), and in that time, mutant humans have evolved with amazing fighting skills (martial arts style). However, as you'd expect, an evil character arrives who has trapped a load of evil monsters, and releases them one by one into all the major cities of the world to wreak havoc, and of course the mutant humans plus Godzilla come out to destroy them. All good stuff.

I have to warn any parents buying this for kids that there are a couple of scenes of 'minor' swear-word usages in it (literally only a couple), plus there are a couple of slightly scary bits, so it's definitely not one for very young kids!

However, aside from that, it's got all the classic monsters you'll remember from the 60s & 70s films - the armadillo that rolls into a ball of spikes, an octopus, a giant moth (Mothra, I think it's called), one my daughter calls "the doggy dinosaur", which looks like a giant, angry pug, basically (!), a snapping dinosaur-type one, a baby godzilla... and a few robot ones with chainsaw hands! All very very good, very entertaining stuff, with the expected cheesy dialogue and slightly cheesy effects, but in a good way!

We love this film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 50 years and going strong, 7 Aug 2009
As Godzilla hit 50 in 2004 Toho needed to give him a proper birthday party. This film was also to be the last in the Millenium series of movies so it would follow the tradition of Godzilla taking a few years off. Rumours are already in motion that the series will return for the 60th anniversary.
Final Wars is more then just a monster movie, it also becomes a martial arts, action and sci-fi all rolled into one and added to the monster mix.
The story begins with Godzilla being entombed in Ice but monsters still roam the planning. The nations of Earth have come together under a single banner as a unified protection force. The backbone of the force are mutant humans who are like a army of Super Ninjas...with Guns as well as marital arts.
With monsters rampaging in major cities the Earth is saved by beings known as Xalians (Who were last seen in the movie Invasion of the Astro Monsters, also known as Godzilla vs Monster X). The Xalians propose a alliance with Earth to destroy a giant meteor that will destroy the Planet. However when the Meteor is discovered to be a lie the Xalians attack Earth declaring the Humans nothing more then cattle and will be there food (I'm not making this up, Thats the reason why they invade, they see Earth as a giant buffet).
The surviving protection forces form a resistance and board the battle Gortengo. To combat the Xalians and the monsters they decide to unleash Earth's mightest weapon: Godzilla.

Final Wars released with a mixed reaction, whilst some saw it more as a action film then a Godzilla movie others praised it as a fun film. The amount of scremaing extras is immense as various moments take place in differtent countries so there is now a mixture of both English and Japanese lines thrown in. The special effects are impressive with computer generated and live explosions fused together. The stunt work and fight scenes are also well done with some great moments such as a fight between two of the characters on motorbikes.
Of course with this being a Godzilla movie you need monsters for the Big G to fight. The movie brings back many of the monsters from the Showa or First Series of Godzilla movies. Old favourites such as Gigan, Anguilas and Rodan make a joyous return to the big screen. Others such as Manda, King Ceasar and even Ebirah the giant Lobster are brought out of retirement having not been seen on the screens since the 60s or 70s.
One interesting appearance is Zilla, who is best known as the Godzilla of the American movie and Cartoon series in the 90s. Zilla now fights the original Godzilla but this scene is Toho's way of getting revenge for what America did to the movie icon.
The film however does not have much originality, keen cinema, movie and even anime fans will note various moments been taken form other franchises. To list a few there are Dragonball Z, the Matrix and Independence Day.
For a usual movie fan this won't leave you that impressed but Godzilla fans will love it. Its just a free for all brawl with Monsters and humans being beaten up left right and centre. A fun movie to just watch on a quiet night in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars phenomenal, 25 Jun 2007
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This is a fantastic film!

There are some great special effects in this film but it is the bad special effects that make this film so good. the film could have been done with all cgi monsters and high grade effects but instead they chose to keep the feel of the old Godzilla films and remain true to the films origins.

this is a worthy modern version of some classic films and a must see for any fans of the big lizard (If only for the brilliant way the film digs at the hollyword version).
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3.0 out of 5 stars :(, 10 July 2013
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So much potential, such a terrible disappointment.
This film had all the chances to shine as a grand fanile to the Godzilla franchise, and they mucked it all up by just making a terrible parody act of it all.
There are some nice bits, the monster battles are great, Manda vs the Gotengo is awesome. But the human and alien characters are just too daft.
I'd watch it if only to have an informed opinion of it. If you watch it as a silly fun movie, then it's not so bad. Watch it as a life long Godzilla fan, and you'll come away crying for the Big G to stomp the studios in vengence.
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