Shin Godzilla (also known as Shin Gojira, and formerly localized as Godzilla: Resurgence) made waves in a big way at the Japan Academy Prize, Japan’s equivalent of the Oscars. It took home the grand prize of “Picture of the Year” and also won several other key awards.
Following the release of 2004’s Godzilla: Final Wars, Japanese distribution company Toho made an active decision to retire the giant monster for a while due to diminishing returns, promising to have the kaiju king return when the time was right. Spurred by the popularity of 2014’s Gareth Edwards-directed Godzilla reboot and the approval of Toho themselves, the company enlisted directors Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi (best known for their work on the Neon Genesis Evangelion franchise) to create another remake the franchise with more of a Japanese perspective. Shin Godzilla would emphasize returning to the franchise’s roots by emphasizing horror over simply making a monster mash, and tying the franchise to heavily political themes and current events for the first time since the 1954 original. While it would use CGI like the American version, the look and feel would more greatly resemble the tokusatsu movies that started it all.
The film was a smash hit in Japan, making upwards of $75 million in the Land of the Rising Sun alone against a $15 million budget. But in addition to being financially successful, the film was met with critical acclaim, with the film being taken as seriously as any drama. (Reception in the United States was also positive, although enthusiasm for the film outside of the core fanbase was comparatively muted due to cultural differences in filmmaking.) As such, it’s not too surprising to see it get nominated for multiple awards. What is interesting is that it nearly swept all nine of the categories that the ten nominations were in!
The awards that the film won are listed as follows:
- Picture of the Year
- Directors of the Year – Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi
- Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography – Kousuke Yamada
- Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction – Takayuki Kawabe
- Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction – Yuji Hayashida and Eri Sakushima
- Outstanding Achievement in Sound Recording – Jun Nakamura and Haru Yamada
- Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing – Hideaki Anno and Atsuki Sato
In addition, all three of the movie’s leads (Hiroki Hasegawa, Satomi Ishihara, and Mikako Ichikawa) were nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role and Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role awards.
Shin Godzilla will arrive on Blu-Ray on March 22, 2017 for the Japanese market, with no word of a direct sequel or a release date for the Blu-Ray in the American market as of yet. A Godzilla anime film written by Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica) will be released in Japanese theaters at some point in 2017. Meanwhile, the Warner Brothers/Legendary Pictures-produced MonsterVerse (a cinematic universe which prominently features the version of Godzilla introduced in the 2014 American reboot) will have three installments in the next four years – Kong: Skull Island on March 10, 2017, Godzilla: King of the Monsters on March 22, 2019, and Godzilla VS Kong on May 29, 2020.