Fueled by Hollywood Godzilla's recent global success freshly engrained in their minds, Japanese creators now brings this iconic monster back to its birthplace and its origins to yield yet another fear of Godzilla.
Godzilla, originally conceived in 1954 as a destructive force that is unfathomable by man, resurrects to modern-day Tokyo to haunt civilization. A country that is still tormented by the aftermath of a shattering natural disaster is thrown violently into the catastrophic horrors of Godzilla. Taunted and tested by death and despair, Japan finds in itself power to overcome such challenges.
Directors Anno and Higuchi envision Godzilla to resemble the original 1954 version and emphasize a definite departure from the monster vs monster storytelling popularized in previous Toho films.
Hideaki Anno, Director and Screenwriter
Born in 1960, Anno first made a name in anime production, winning acclaim for the God Warrior sequence he animated in “Nausicaa in the Valley of Wind” directed by Hayao Miyazaki. He would soon become a sought-after animator lending his talent to many highly appraised animations. He moved on to direct anime series such as “Gunbuster”, “Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water” and “Neon Genesis Evangelion” series to which he now most known.
He also curated a touring exhibition dubbed "Tokusatsu -- Special Effects Museum" which celebrated old-school movie and TV special effects. This exhibition helped the practical, miniature-based special effects photography of Japanese filmmaking receive recognition as an important part of Japan's culture. The Tokyo International Film Festival 2014 had a retrospective to honor Anno as one of today's most prominent filmmakers, both domestically and internationally.
Shinji Higuchi, Co-director and VFX Director
Born in 1965, Higuchi has worked both in anime and in movie special effects. After being involved in a few episodes of “Evangelion” TV series and serving as Special Effects Supervisor on the “Gamera trilogy” (1995 - 1999), Higuchi debuted as a feature film director with “Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean” in 2005.
He has fast become one of Japan's premiere filmmakers, with “The Sinking of Japan”, “The Floating Castle”, “God Warrior Appears in Tokyo” and his latest “Attack on Titan” to his credit. Higuchi professes that to work on Godzilla has been a lifelong dream and many continue to await the monster that will be created out of his passion combined with his skills in special effects and anime-esque aesthetics.
- Hideaki Anno
- CO Director & VFX Director
- Shinji Higuchi
- Yoshihiro Sato
- Hideaki Anno
- Hiroki Hasegawa
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