Film: Godzilla vs. Biollante
"To be honest, I'm kind of hoping that he [Godzilla] does show up again. Otherwise, I'll be out of a job."
~ Lt. Goro Gondo
The seventeenth Godzilla
film and sequel to The Return Of Godzilla
. This film is notable for introducing psychic Miki Saegusa, who would go on to become the longest serving human character in the Godzilla series. The story originates from a script contest Toho
held, which was eventually won by a dentist. While no means a classic, the film is praised for being a creative and imaginative entry. This would be the last Godzilla film to be distributed to the United States due to the incident with Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
, which would not be released until 1998 to tie in with the first American film
. The film is, rather imaginatively, titled Gojira tai Biorante
World politics are kept and joined with the dark underbelly of energy revolution and espionage. After Godzilla's rampage in Tokyo, various groups scramble to get their hands on Godzilla's cells for their own profit. In spite of four years passing since Godzilla's fall into Mt. Mihara the Japanese have created counter measures for Godzilla and wish to use his cells to create a defense against him, with fears they will create a greater threat. However, Dr. Shiragami has already taken one step too far into learning the unknown...
Then there's a plant monster.
This film contains examples of:
- Actionized Sequel: The opening and any scenes with the Sardarian agent.
- Adult Fear: Erika's death. Imagine you're in a building and your daughter is in another building. Suddenly, a bomb goes off in the building your daughter is working in.
- It happens again when Shirigami is essentially watching his daughter die twice, both at the hands of Godzilla.
- All There in the Manual: The Manga adaptation explains that Miki's parents were killed during Godzilla's attack on Tokyo in 1984.
- Asshole Victim: The American soldiers who get killed in the opening by the Saradian agent.
- Badass: Gondo and SSS9.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: In the page quote, Gondo hopes that Godzilla will actually return, or else his job will be pointless. Unfortunately for him, Godzilla does return. At least he spouts off a great one-liner before Godzilla kills him.
- Black Dude Dies First: A bad guy variation. While he and his accomplice are trying to steal information regarding the Anti-nuclear bacteria and gets into a gunfight with the Saradian agent, Biollante (before she becomes the size of Godzilla), kills him.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: How the human action goes at the start of the film... 1 Agent>3 Foreign Mercenaries>A bunch of Japanese military.
- Cool Shades: SSS9 is only seen once without them.
- Dynamic Entry: Godzilla escapes from Mt. Mihara with explosions all around him, along with Ifukube fanfare playing in the background.
- Eureka Moment: Kirishima has one when Asuka tells him about the hospital needing to keep the generators cool. He realizes why the ANEB isn't working in Godzilla because of this.
- "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: Lt. Gondo manages to get one last quip in before he is killed by Godzilla. The HK dub's equivalent is pretty memorable too.
Gondo: "Medicine works better if you take it orally, doesn't it Mr. Godzilla?"
- Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke: Explicitly invoked by the movie to the point that it becomes one of the major themes. Humanity just can't help but use science to create new weapons.
- Gratuitous English: A couple of examples in the original unfortunately, most egregiously by the Saradian characters.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: "Godzilla and Biollante aren't monsters. It's the unscrupulous scientists who create them who are monsters."
- Impaled Palm: Godzilla gets one courtesy of Biollante during their second battle. Ouch.
- Implacable Man: The Saradian agent, SSS9. To him, Godzilla attacking the city that he's in is just a mild inconvenience.
- Kill the Cutie: Poor Erika.
- Lighter and Softer: Still very, very dark and only lighter because there isn't a nuclear war hanging over the entire film.
- Karma Houdini: The Agent is killed but the man who was paying him to kill people and indirectly cause Godzilla's release is not shown getting punished.
- Mad Scientist: Dr. Shiragami, while more sane than most, still falls victim to this. Mixing Godzilla cells with rose cells, really, what's the worst that could happen?
- Mid-Season Upgrade: The Super-X 2. Unfortunately, the fire-mirror only works for a short while, and it doesn't have any cadmium or flares to distract the monster.
- Mundane Utility: The human elements of the plot are centered around the development of the Ant-Nuclear-Energy-Bacteria, which were developed from Godzilla's cells to make use of his ability to metabolize radiation as a means of cleaning up radioactive fallout.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: The first time Godzilla uses his thermo shockwave trick. For the rest of the 90s he used it roughly once per movie.
- It was even given an official name by Toho, the Nuclear Pulse.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Villain: SSS9, the Saradian agent, is responsible for Godzilla's return when he prematurely kills the American agent before he can turn off the detonator in the truck. He also is responsible for stealing the Godzilla cells from the American spies in the beginning of the film. In many ways, SSS9 is indirectly responsible for most of the action in the film.
- Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book: There's a scene where an entire class of psychic school children hold up drawings of Godzilla emerging from the volcano he was imprisoned in the last movie. Seeing as how it was all their dream, it also counts as Dreaming of Things to Come.
- At the end of the film, their teacher, Miki Saegusa, is seen drawing a rose in space, which foreshadows the eventual fate of Biollante.
- No Name Given: The Saradian agent. Hell, even his codename, SSS9, is never spoken onscreen.
- Precision F Strike: "Shit! Damn! We're the lethal weapon!"
- Planimal: Biollante naturally.
- Qurac: Saradia, a rather transparent stand-in for Saudi Arabia.
- Oh, Crap: The above mentioned scene featuring the psyshic children.
- Shiragami has a subtle one when he discovers his little genetic experiment may not have gone entirely as planned.
"Yes, I thought... I think now I may have made a mistake." *shot of Lake Ashino framed through the wrecked lab wall*
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Major Kuroki has a much better grasp on how to combat Godzilla than his superiors, though he still ends up making a few mistakes.
- Sealed Badass in a Can: Godzilla, who begins the film trapped in the same volcano he was imprisoned in at the end of the previous film.
- Tempting Fate: Dammit, Gondo. Being cool is not going to protect you from an 80 meter tall, pissed off dinosaur that you just shot in the mouth.
- Vertigo Effect: Used during Miki's already bizarre psychic confrontation with Godzilla.