• "Godzilla-1.0" Movie Breaks 5 Million Viewer Mark
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"Godzilla-1.0" Movie Breaks 5 Million Viewer Mark

The movie "Godzilla-1.0," which has been running since November 3rd last year, has reached over 5.03 million viewers as of May 6th, 186 days after its release, it was disclosed on the 7th. The box office revenue has reached approximately 7.58 billion yen, continuously updating the record for the highest-grossing live-action film released in Japan in 2023, according to the Kogyo Tsushinsha (Note: The box office and attendance figures include the monochrome version "Godzilla-1.0/C"). The film is available on streaming services and Blu-ray, but it continues to be shown in theaters as well.

"Godzilla-1.0" (now showing)

"Godzilla-1.0" (now showing) ©2023 TOHO CO., LTD.

On social media, comments like "I'll keep going to the cinema until the end," "At this point, let's aim for 6 million!" "If you haven't seen it yet, you really should see it in the cinema," and "I did a Godzilla ladder in the US and Japan, and it was super fun" reflect the beloved status of Godzilla (Editor's note: "Godzilla vs. Kong: A New Empire" is also currently screening in Hollywood).

This film is a commemorative work for the 70th anniversary of the 1954 "Godzilla," marking it as the 30th live-action Godzilla film produced in Japan and the first Godzilla movie of the Reiwa era. The direction, screenplay, and VFX were handled by Takashi Yamazaki, who previously introduced Godzilla in the opening of "ALWAYS: Sunset on Third Street Continued" and was the video director for the attraction "Godzilla: The Ride" at Seibuen Amusement Park. This film achieved a historic feat by winning the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects at the 96th Academy Awards, the first Asian film to do so.

The story unfolds in post-war Japan, transformed into scorched earth, where Godzilla suddenly appears, and the people who survived the war confront the creature. The film stars Ryunosuke Kamiki and Minami Hamabe, with further appearances by Yuki Yamada, Munetaka Aoki, Hideaki Yoshikawa, Sakura Ando, and Kuranosuke Sasaki.

Edit by Taimu Tsuji