Godzilla: King of the Monsters is about to premiere, or in the case of some countries, has premiered this week. Now, this new movie calls back to the classic Godzilla formula of the King of Monsters fighting other kaijuu and getting cities rekt. And as the new film looms, Boss Coffee decided to release a special tribute video for the mighty king. However, instead of the new-fangled CGI kaijuu, they went out and found Godzilla’s OG suit actor, Haruo Nakajima and went old school, tokusatsu kaijuu style! In fact, it wasn’t just a tribute to Godzilla, but the guy under the suit as well.
The film also serves as an ad for Boss coffee, though it had the same production scale as a normal Godzilla suit movie. All in all, the commercial took 114 takes and 38 hours to film, with 105 crew members working on it! They designed the set to reflect 1950’s Tokyo as a callback to the original film. They released the video in two parts, here’s the second one, which is more of a behind-the-scenes video:
Both videos also promoted the upcoming King of the Monsters film, which is a sequel to the 2014 Hollywood adaptation of the classic 1954 film. It will feature not just Godzilla, but also the other three members of Toho’s Big 4 Kaijuu, Ghidora, Mothra, and Rodan.
The film promises to be a 2-hour monster mash of the four iconic Kaijuu fighting each other in an all-out rumble. Unfortunately, some critics who have already watched the film said that the film had too much monster throwdowns and not enough focus on the people. One critic even went as to say “you can’t just have two hours of kaiju slapping each other around like a gargantuan WWE highlights reel.”
Fortunately for Godzilla, this is what die-hard fans of the series, as well as mainstream audiences actually wanted from the film, which is one huge monster fight. The “critics” instantly got flooded with comments saying that if the film focuses more on the monstermashes and less on the puny humies, then it’s exactly what they asked for in a Godzilla film.
In the original 1954 film, Godzilla only had less than 10 minutes of screentime, and it focused more on the human drama of what happens when a giant monster attacked Tokyo. In a sense, Godzilla reflected the Japanese sentiment of that time, which is an opposition to the Nuclear industry, which ravaged the country nine years prior, back in World War II. Godzilla was a symbolism for the Atomic Bomb, and the sight of a giant monster rampaging through a big city was mindblowing to people at that time, even if Godzilla only appeared for a few minutes on screen. The 2014 Hollywood film emulated this formula of focusing more on the human drama of a kaijuu attack as a throwback to the original. However, subsequent films featured more and more Godzilla, with the second film, Godzilla Rides Again introducing his first kaijuu opponent in Anguirus. From then on, it was more on the monster showdowns, with Godzilla fighting all sorts of enemies from a giant monster rose known as Biollante to the smog monster known as Hedorah. And as Hollywood seems set on following that Monster Mash formula Toho had in from the 60’s to the 2000’s, we think it’s actually a good thing to see the King fight other monsters more than focus on the humans.