Godzilla Minus One Returning To Theaters In New Version

By Charlene Badasie | Published

To celebrate the resounding success of Godzilla Minus One, distributor Toho International is launching a remastered black-and-white cut of the film called Godzilla Minus One Minus Color. 

The black and white version, released in Japan on January 12, will debut in United States theaters on January 26. Both versions of the movie will conclude their theatrical run on February 1.

Black And White Godzilla Minus One

“I was very happy that the North American audience embraced Godzilla Minus One,” writer and director Takashi Yamazaki said in a statement.

“And now I am very pleased to be able to release a black-and-white version for North America as well. Godzilla Minus One Minus Color will bring a new and visceral experience to audiences.”

The filmmaker also detailed the intricacy involved in crafting the remastered edition of Godzilla Minus One.

“Rather than just making it monochrome, it is a cut-by-cut,” Yamazaki explained. “I had them make adjustments while making full use of various matters as if they were creating a new movie. What I was aiming for was a style that looked like it was taken by masters of monochrome photography.”

Final Result

In the end, Yamazaki was happy with the final result, stating that the Godzilla Minus One black-and-white remaster brings a heightened sense of realism to the movie.

“We were able to unearth the texture of the skin and the details of the scenery that were hidden in the photographed data. Then, a frightening Godzilla, just like the one in the documentary, appeared. By eliminating color, a new sense of reality emerges.”

Box Office And Critical Success

Godzilla Minus One

Godzilla Minus One initially premiered on December 1, 2023, in the United States.

Since then, it has surpassed $50 million in domestic earnings, establishing a record as the highest-grossing Japanese film, including live-action and animation, in the American cinematic landscape.

Its global revenue has exceeded $100 million, a remarkable achievement given its modest $15 million budget.

Critics praised Godzilla Minus One for its outstanding visual effects, direction, story, musical score, and insightful social commentary.

With favorable comparisons to contemporary Hollywood productions, the film has earned several award nominations, including four at the 48th Hochi Film Awards, six at the 78th Mainichi Film Awards, and four at the Seattle Film Critics Society Awards.

Set In Post-World War II

Godzilla Minus One

Set against the backdrop of post-World War II Japan, Godzilla Minus One sees the return of Godzilla during the nation’s recovery, plunging it into a state of adversity.

The cast includes Ryunosuke Kamiki, Minami Hamabe, Yuki Yamada, Munetaka Aoki, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Sakura Ando, Yuya Endo, and Kuranosuke Sasaki.

Lucasfilm recently held a screening of Godzilla Minus One, which director Takashi Yamazaki attended. Dave Filoni, the recently appointed Chief Creative Officer at Lucasfilm, organized the event. During the gathering, Yamazaki engaged with the audience, responding to their questions and autographing memorabilia.

Godzilla Franchise

The Godzilla franchise, which now includes Godzilla Minus One, began in 1954 in Japan with the release of the eponymous film directed by Ishiro Honda. Godzilla is a prehistoric sea monster awakened by nuclear testing and became a symbol of Japan’s post-war anxieties.

The success of the original film spawned a series that evolved over decades.

In the Showa era (1954-1975), Godzilla transitioned from a menacing force to a defender of Earth against other kaiju (giant monsters). The Heisei era (1984-1995) rebooted the franchise, bringing a darker tone and more complex storylines. The Millennium series (1999-2004) featured standalone films with different continuities.

Godzilla Franchise Evolving

Godzilla Minus One

Hollywood produced a Godzilla film in 1998, but the Japanese Toho company rebooted the series in 2004 with Godzilla: Final Wars. 

In 2014, Hollywood gave Godzilla a new blockbuster treatment, followed by a shared cinematic universe known as the MonsterVerse. Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, another entry in the franchise will hit theaters on March 29.

Throughout its history, Godzilla has become a global pop culture icon, inspiring numerous films, television shows, comics, and merchandise.

The franchise continuously evolves, reflecting societal concerns and maintaining its status as a beloved and enduring symbol of monster cinema.

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