Shusuke Kaneko
2001, Japan, 105 minutes
English dubbed

Saturday, 3.20, 12:00pm

Godzilla fans rejoice! Everyone's favorite home-wrecker is back on the big screen for a very special Saturday matinee. By special arrangement with the archive at Sony Pictures, we are honored to present the only existing English language 35mm print of Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack!A note to the Kaiju purists, since this is a family Matinee we decided to present the English language version and make it kid-friendly.

This is the most eagerly awaited Godzilla movie in years (with the possible exception of the new one to be directed by Ryuhei Kitamura). Kaneko single-handedly revitalized the giant flying turtle, Gamera, in his trilogy from the '90s. Now he turns his attention to the world's most popular radioactive fire-breathing giant monster. Disregarding every Godzilla film made after the original (with the exception of a clever reference to the American travesty with that silly iguana), he delivers a serious, stand-alone, giant monster epic: undoubtedly one of the best in Godzilla's 50-year film history.

This time Godzilla is the bad guy, and he is all-out attacked by the mythical defenders of Japan (although they have a total disregard for innocent human life as well). The three titular monsters are joined by the lesser-known Baragon (from Frankenstein Conquers the World) who resembles a cute (but deadly) giant lizard-puppy. Grab an (extra-large) popcorn and savor giant monsters stomping Tokyo to rubble.

- Bruce Fletcher