Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
- 1 hr 31 min
This film was the twenty seventh film in Toho's infamous monster series. Masaaki Tezuka directed this installment, which features such monsters as Mothra, Mechagodzilla, Kamoebas, and the King of Monsters himself, Godzilla. It was the fifth film in Godzilla's third series of films, known as the Millenium series. Unlike the other films in the Millenium series, which are only connected via the original Godzilla film from 1954, this one is a direct sequel to the previous film. It carries on the plot of Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla and is the fifth film to feature Godzilla's mechanical doppelganger. This is also Mothra's twelfth appearance in the franchise and the first time Kamoebas has appeared outside of its original film, The Space Amoeba. The film opens with Mechagodzilla, known as Kiryu in this continuity, undergoing repairs after its battle with Godzilla in the previous installment. Along with the necessary repairs, the giant robot's absolute zero cannon is replaced with a powerful tri laser cannon. Lead scientist Yoshito Chujo hopes that this new weapon will give Kiryu the edge it needs to defeat Godzilla once and for all. Meanwhile, Mothra's twin fairies appear to warn the Japanese government that Godzilla will not stop returning to Japan. They claim that the use of the original Godzilla's bones in Kiryu's design has upset the natural order of things. The fairies offer the government a deal. If the original Godzilla's bones are returned to the bottom of the sea, then Mothra will protect Japan against Godzilla. However, if they are not, Mothra will attack Japan herself. The giant turtle Kamoebas washes up on a Japanese beach not long afterwards. Its wounds suggest it was killed by Godzilla in an unseen fight. Sure enough, Godzilla himself doesn't take much longer to make his return to Japan. While Mothra makes a valiant effort against Godzilla, it is clear that she's no match for him by herself. Kiryu's repairs are completed just in time, and it arrives to help even the odds against the so called King of Monsters. This film was well received by critics.