Shin Godzilla, also known as Godzilla Resurgence) is a 2016 Japanese kaiju film featuring Godzilla, produced and distributed by Toho. It is the 31st film in the Godzilla franchise, the 29th Godzilla film produced by Toho, and Toho’s third reboot of the franchise.The film is co-directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, with a screenplay by Anno and visual effects by Higuchi. The film stars Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, and Satomi Ishihara and reimagines Godzilla’s origins where he emerges in modern Japan for the first time.Inspiration for the film was drawn from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
In December 2014, Toho announced plans for a new domestic Godzilla film. Anno and Higuchi were announced as the film’s directors in March 2015 and principal photography began in September and ended in October with the special effects work following in November that year. Shin Godzilla had its world premiere at the Hotel Gracery in Shinjuku, Tokyo on July 25, 2016. It was released in Japan on July 29, 2016, in IMAX, 4DX, and MX4D to critical acclaim from Japanese critics but received mixed to positive reviews from Western critics and was a box office success, becoming the highest grossing live-action Japanese film of 2016 and the highest grossing Japanese-produced Godzilla film in the franchise.
Movie Information: Shin Godzilla (2016)
Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi
Writer: Hideaki Anno
Stars: Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara