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Watch: International 'Godzilla' Trailer Stomps Online With New Footage, Director Reveals Influence Of 'Akira'

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 18, 2014 12:44 PM
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This is the kind of tentpole we can get behind. In a couple months, "Godzilla" will be stomping back onto screens around the world, but the movie brings one major ingredient with it that's missing from the Marvel movies, and other remakes, sequels and spinoffs: freshness. Yes, it's a new take on the famous monster that scared audiences decades ago, but yet in the hands of director Gareth Edwards, it feels revitalized, new and authentic. That being said, he did reveal an interesting influence when approaching the movie.

"I think one of the most visually breathtaking films ever made is 'Akira'. In terms of films you’re jealous you didn’t make, 'Akira' is in my top ten for sure," the director told Popular Mechanics. "My concept designer, who worked on the movie and had a very big influence on the film and storyboards, it’s his favorite graphic novel. We pulled all our favorite moments from 'Akira' and had this library of reference, so whenever we got stuck, or we ever felt like a sequence wasn’t inspired enough, or we didn’t know exactly how to give it that edge to made it feel as epic as we could, we would always thumb through the 'Akira' imagery and suddenly get a wave of excitement or a new direction. A lot of imagery from that film subconsciously or consciously affected this one. I’d never claim that our film is as good as that. It’s just a strong piece of filmmaking. It’s so brave with its storytelling."

So below, is the latest international trailer for "Godzilla" — can you spot any feeling of "Akira" within? Either way, we're pretty stoked to see what Edwards is delivering with "Godzilla," which is already promising to be a genuinely engaging piece of popcorn entertainment.

Look out above starting on May 16th.


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  • 2112 | March 18, 2014 9:29 PMReply

    @THEMIGHTYKALI, yes because the one thing stopping anyone making an historical film about Hiroshima/Nagasaki is a fictional irradiated iguana (sic).

    And you've clearly never seen the original Gojira or understand the restrictions placed on post-war Japanese movies. Still, good to keep an open mind eh, lol.

  • TheMightKali | March 18, 2014 9:42 PM

    I have seen the original "Gojira". It was Z-grade trash, there is nothing in that film that makes it worth while. The fact that it inflicted legions of imitation films just as terrible on the world actually makes it worthy of contempt.

    Filmmakers must be brave if the craft is ever going to advance, they must be willing to fight for what they believe in and stand up to the oppressive forces seeking to strangle their creativity. If the original filmmakers wanted to make a film about the atomic bombing of Japan but allowed themselves to be cowed into making the film that they did then they were cowards plain and simple.

  • TheMightyKali | March 18, 2014 9:25 PMReply

    Ugh, pass. I can never get my head around why this Godzilla thing is so popular. Pathetic, infantile movies featuring terrible actors and fat drunks in alligator Halloween costumes stumbling around cardboard cities.

    And nobody come at me with that ridiculous "but the first one was a allegory for the nuking of Japan!" nonsense. That may be true, but even if it is all the symbolism in the world can't save what is essentially outdated trash. If the filmmakers wanted people to take the tragedy of those events seriously they should have made a movie about those events, not used an overgrown Iquana as a stand in.

    All in all, I hope this film tanks. Then maybe a serious film about the tragedy at Hiroshima and Nagasaki can be made.

  • User107829 | April 23, 2014 4:18 PM

    This is a person that has lost all enjoyment in life.

  • hash vin b | March 18, 2014 8:41 PMReply

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