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Japan Gets Awesome 22-Foot Tall Statue for Their 'Godzilla' Release

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July 16, 2014
Source: Zimbio

Godzilla Japanese Statue

"If there's a way to defeat Godzilla, we need to know." He lives. Found in the middle of Tokyo, Japan is an awesome 6.6 meter (~21.7 feet) "replica" of the King of Monsters from Gareth Edwards' Godzilla, where the film just hits theaters there (quite late) on July 25th this summer. The rather impressive sculpture features nearly life-like details, including a tail coming out of the ground and extending a bit behind, plus check this out: "the 'Midtown Meets Godzilla' project is in collaboration with the Japan release of the Hollywood film version of 'Godzilla', the Godzilla built on the lawns of Tokyo Midtown will host a light show everynight complete with mist, audio and fire rays." Get out of here, I need to see this! This is so cool.

Here are a few shots showing "crewmember" Tetsuo Hayashi putting final touches on Godzilla. Look at this:

Godzilla Photo

Godzilla Photo

Godzilla Photo

Godzilla Photo

See more photos by clicking on any one of them above from Zimbio. I want to see this in person! Looks cool. I really wish I could visit this in person, but in the meantime the best we've got is a video of the show below.

Update! Here's an embedded video of the light show, direct from Facebook (it has most of the night show):

So awesome! I love this kind of marketing, and I'm glad to see it happen in the country where it all began.

Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards, (of Monsters previously) has a screenplay written by Drew Pearce, Max Borenstein and Frank Darabont. The cast is lead by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, with Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe and Juliette Binoche. An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures released Godzilla in theaters everywhere May 16th - it's playing now. Go see it and Sound Off here.

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  • Brian Sleider
    Looks like he is about to pick a popcorn kernel from the top of his mouth.
  • DAVIDPD
    The light show sounds badass. Weird to hear how late they got GODZILLA over there.
  • Stephen Ritchie
    I haven't seen the new Godzilla yet, loved the crap outta the Roland Emmerich version for the fun, laughs, and pure excitement (even some great action in the mix). I don't know how they topped it but am hearing this new one is less comedy and more depressing which sucks. I don't normally go into monster movies for the seriousness but I go in for the fun of it all and I just hate when some of them just take the concept of disbelief too seriously and too much into reality, it just takes away a lot imo.
    • Chris Groves
      I wouldn't call the new one depressing...just less cheese-ball. If G98 is Batman and Robin(it is not THAT ridiculous, but just saying) then G14 is Batman Begins.
      • Matthew
        I would't say that. At least batman begins respected the origins.
        • Chris Groves
          First off, I'm talking stylistically and tonally, you go from a very 'silly' film to a much more serious 're-start' of the property. 2nd of all, I'm a die hard Godzilla fan, and didn't feel the origins were disrespected at all. Godzilla is a radioactive, prehistoric creature...and has always been a variation of that. G14 pretty much stuck to that. Really the only note they didn't play up was 'Godzilla was created by nuclear testing'...which was never truly the case any way, he was always mutated/awakened by atomic testing. But that is a 'message' theme that isn't relevant today the way it was in 1954.
          • Matthew
            Well first, tonally it did not really carry any of the weight of "Batman Begins", in fact, I felt little to no weight at all, except for perhaps the very beginning. Secondly, I also am a major Gojira fan, and there is trying to make the character relevant to today, and then there is taking the entire purpose for the characters existence and rendering it entirely irrelevant. Throughout the films productions were were promised a version of Gojira that would take it back to its roots, were were promised we would see the meaning, and purpose behind the character, and that we would see the human toll. In the end, we got none of that. Gojira was always meant as a metaphor for a nuclear holocaust, while also being a victim of the testing, it was, and is a very important message that was extremely relevant for Japan then, and still very much is now. To completely remove it, does in fact strike me as very insulting. And then to replace it with some extremely poorly thought out, and even less well fleshed out "Balance of nature" theme that is extremely absent except for a couple of lines of dialogue... is just depressing.
          • Chris Groves
            Well, sorry you didn't see it, but I did not find it 'completely removed' at all.
          • Matthew
            ... But it pretty much was, they said straight out that Gojira was always radioactive, always had been, as had the creatures. The entire purpose really was not present at all.
          • Chris Groves
            If you say so, but I think you missed it.
  • Gav Kelly
    I'm guessing he's supposed to be coming out of the water or something, unless they plan on building a small pool of water around him it just looks like he's stuck halfway in the ground which is weird. The detail is great, just looks weird without some water. If they were going to build him on land why not go all the way and give him legs. Grrrrrr....
  • David Diaz
    Imagine if they could have done this to scale? Now that would have been something. Very cool nonetheless.
  • Chris Groves
    Here's hoping the film has a warm reception in Japan.
  • Mike Zarquon
    I wouldn't take small toddlers to this statue as this would scare the hell out of them. The Japanese like doing things on a grand scale. I would assume that most Japanese people probably have seen a pirate film online or travelled to China or Australian cinemas to see it.
  • Mentallect
    Looks great! Godzilla rocks Japan on July 25th. I enjoyed the movie..twice.

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