GODZILLA MINUS ONE Heads Back To The Showa Era With Stunning Black-And-White Version Set To Hit Theaters

GODZILLA MINUS ONE Heads Back To The Showa Era With Stunning Black-And-White Version Set To Hit Theaters GODZILLA MINUS ONE Heads Back To The Showa Era With Stunning Black-And-White Version Set To Hit Theaters

As the kaiju blockbuster continues to dominate the box office in Japan and North America, a special monochromatic edition of Godzilla Minus One has been announced.

By MarkJulian - Dec 20, 2023 04:12 PM EST
Filed Under: Godzilla
Source: SFFGazette.com

Toho is bringing its box office hit Godzilla Minus One back to the Showa era of Godzilla films with a special monochromatic/black-and-white version that will be released in Japanese theaters on January 12.

Check out the new trailer after the jump. The absence of color in the film surely lends the kaiju king a more terrifying visage.

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Minus One has earned $64.2 million globally to date, on a production budget of only $15 million. Takashi Yamazaki, the film's director, reportedly revealed that it may have cost even less than the rumored $15 million to make.

Speaking on the black-and-white version, Yamazaki stated, "Godzilla Minus One / Minus Color,' which has been in the works for a long time, will finally release. The team did not just make the film monochrome, but coordinated it shot-by-shot, making full use of various mats (*grayscale images used to specify only the necessary area in each material when compositing multiple image materials), as if they were creating a new film."

"The goal was to create an image tone as if taken by the masters of black-and-white photography. I asked them to unearth as much skin texture and landscape detail as possible, which were latent in the captured data. Then, Godzilla appeared, as terrifying and horrifying as in a documentary."

"A new sense of reality that looms over you by losing colors. Please come to the theater and live and resist the further horror."

Godzilla Minus One is directed and written by Yamazaki (Lupin III The First, Dragon Quest: Your Story). It stars Ryunosuke Kamiki as Kōichi Shikishima, Minami Hamabe as Noriko Ōishi, Yuki Yamada as Shirō Mizushima, Munetaka Aoki as Sōsaku Tachibana, and Hidetaka Yoshioka as Kenji Noda.

In a press release, Yamazaki commented on the film becoming the highest-grossing live-action Japanese film in North America. "I am happy that Godzilla, of all characters, has eclipsed a record that had not been broken for a long time. Looking back, I think that the cast and crew were all working on the film with the same goal in mind: to make something entertaining! That is what led to such a wonderful result. I will always remember this."

The official synopsis for the film reads, "In the final days of World War II, a small group of Japanese soldiers encounter a dinosaur-like creature on a remote island and are massacred—leaving only two survivors. Two years later, the creature, now many times its original size and capable of shooting thermonuclear breath, appears and begins attacking ships off the coast of Japan—moving ever closer to the still-devastated, post-war Japanese mainland."

Godzilla Minus One started its limited theatrical run in North America on December 1, following special fan showings on November 29.

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Batmangina
Batmangina - 12/20/2023, 4:37 PM
I walked out of this halfway through.

The ENTIRE cast was ASIAN.


PapaSpank54
PapaSpank54 - 12/20/2023, 5:13 PM
@Batmangina - I UGREE WOKE GARAGE
dragon316
dragon316 - 12/20/2023, 7:14 PM
@Batmangina - where you think Godzilla originated from America ?
BlackSpider
BlackSpider - 12/20/2023, 9:20 PM
@Batmangina - Ok?
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 12/21/2023, 5:06 AM
@Batmangina - Oh no, you walked out? Man, you totally missed Mothra's giant titties at the end! Never mind I videotaped them for you. Just ignore that thing at the bottom of the screen, that's me jerking off.
Batmangina
Batmangina - 12/21/2023, 7:01 AM
@ObserverIO - A well used cam video is the BEST kind of cam video!
Batmangina
Batmangina - 12/21/2023, 7:03 AM
@PapaSpank54 - Thank you! As if BIPOCs didn't exist in 1800s Japan.
SonOfAGif
SonOfAGif - 12/20/2023, 4:38 PM
I need the Blu-ray announcement stat.
MotherGooseUPus
MotherGooseUPus - 12/20/2023, 6:07 PM
@SonOfAGif - 10000% agreed. Day1 pre-order buy for me
SonOfAGif
SonOfAGif - 12/20/2023, 7:52 PM
@MotherGooseUPus - Agreed. Down with streaming!
xfactor
xfactor - 12/20/2023, 4:43 PM
Saw it in theaters this month and was blown away. I will be returning for this version.
Clintthahamster
Clintthahamster - 12/20/2023, 4:47 PM
Man, I guess I just don't get B&W versions of films that weren't shot in B&W. Not quite as destructive as colorization, but if the director and cinematographer intended for it to be seen in color, why watch it any other way?
NightBoyWonder
NightBoyWonder - 12/20/2023, 7:16 PM
@ClintThaHamster - Mad Max Fury Road's Chrome Edition is one of the best I've seen, but I think it's also cause Fury Road's colors are already so saturated that it allows for the Black & White in that edition to really pop and actually serve purpose. Other than that, it's just usually lazy monochrome *cough* Logan *cough*
TheOtherOn
TheOtherOn - 12/21/2023, 1:35 AM
@ClintThaHamster - This might actually shock you but all the colors shown in movies/tv shows/pics are actually "produced". Even going back to old Analogue times, there were/are only three main colors. Red, Blue and Green, hence the RGB color profiles. Those values are mixed and changed to produce different colors. There never has been a 100% accurate color image of anything on film or digital.

Converting a colored pic/movie into B&W is a lot easier and doesn't affect quality as much, if at all, than changing color patterns including adding those blue or green tints (The Matrix for exp.) or slight orange/grey tint for a flashback/past/future scene.
Clintthahamster
Clintthahamster - 12/21/2023, 8:13 AM
@TheOtherOn - Yeah, dude, I know. Doesn't change the fact that directors and cinematographers will use different lighting and color palettes depending on whether they're shooting in color or B&W.
Forthas
Forthas - 12/20/2023, 4:49 PM
That is actually kind of clever to harken back to Godzillas roots to in that way.
Izaizaiza
Izaizaiza - 12/20/2023, 4:55 PM
Really great film! Not sure I need to see it in B&W, but cool throwback as it is basically a remake of the original.

GhostDog
GhostDog - 12/20/2023, 4:56 PM
Amazing film
Godzilla2000Zer
Godzilla2000Zer - 12/20/2023, 4:56 PM
Awesome just like Shin
dracula
dracula - 12/20/2023, 5:00 PM
Sad, looks like Japan has abandoned suitmation

Wonder how long before super senrai switches to cgi monsters and robots
EZBeast
EZBeast - 12/20/2023, 5:54 PM
@dracula - there have only been 2 godzillas in this era. 1 was suitanimation the other was cg. Both received critical acclaim. I'm pretty sure you can't count it out this early...
bobevanz
bobevanz - 12/20/2023, 5:00 PM
I need this in the states. It's so cool how they kept the tone frame by frame as well while shooting, instead of just making it monochrome
lazlodaytona
lazlodaytona - 12/20/2023, 5:10 PM
That looks sick!
LSHF
LSHF - 12/20/2023, 5:23 PM
No one will be "stunned" by this. If these headlines aren't exaggerating, their lying (it seems at times).
LSHF
LSHF - 12/20/2023, 5:25 PM
I love color (black and white is boring).

Still waiting (without holding my breath) for the colorized version of Young Frankenstein.

That's how much I love color.
MotherGooseUPus
MotherGooseUPus - 12/20/2023, 6:09 PM
I'll be checking this out if it comes out around me... and on that note, I'll be rewatching the original un B&W very soon
MarvelZombie616
MarvelZombie616 - 12/20/2023, 6:18 PM
The best live action movie of the year.
SuperiorHeckler
SuperiorHeckler - 12/20/2023, 6:29 PM
GODZILLA:MINUS ONE continues to live the charmed life! 😃 It can do no wrong. And naturally, as this particular incarnation goes backwards to the original 1954 GOJIRA to embrace it's monochromatic heritage, the modern-day spaz relative (GxK:New Empire) rushes to embrace the neon-rainbow vomit of Joel Schumacher's mid-90s BATMAN movies.
S8R8M
S8R8M - 12/20/2023, 6:39 PM
I need to see this movie!!
LSHF
LSHF - 12/20/2023, 8:13 PM
@S8R8M - I enjoyed it. Somewhat of a cross between the original Godzilla and JAWS.
Batmangina
Batmangina - 12/21/2023, 7:03 AM
@dragon316 - Did they even ask Matthew Broderick if he wanted to be in it?
dragon316
dragon316 - 12/20/2023, 7:15 PM
Not sure I want to see it black and white first time Godzilla shows up on beach will very hard to see
SirDuckAlot
SirDuckAlot - 12/20/2023, 7:37 PM
I'm probably going to see this again.
marvel72
marvel72 - 12/20/2023, 11:06 PM
I still haven't seen it, I am sure it's as great as everyone is saying.

However my favourite movie of the year is When Evil Lurks, that movie is f*cking brutal.

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