© 2016 Lawrence Tuczynski
|Title||Godzilla Resurgence (Shin Godzilla)|
|CD Label||King Record Co.,Ltd.|
|CD Number||KICS 3400|
|Music by:||Shiro Sagisu|
|Number of tracks||32|
|Number of discs||1|
|Year of release/manufacture||July 30, 2016|
August 06, 2016 (Updated October 12, 2016)
This CD just came in the mail yesterday from CD Japan. So far I've listened twice and enjoy it. Hopefully someday in the not too distant future we will be able to see this movie in the U.S. in some form.
The first track on the CD titled "Persecution Of The Masses/Jouriku" is actually just Godzilla's footsteps and roar that we've heard before. A few tracks are throwbacks to recycled Ifukube but most tracks are new and to me sound more like an American soundtrack than something you'd hear in Japan. Track 17 is a jazzy type instrumental that reminds me of the type music Masaru Sato used to do. There are also a few tracks that sound operatic to me. A few of the drum heavy tracks reminds me of one of the James Bond film soundtracks.
Overall this was a very listenable soundtrack that I could recommend as a stand alone listening experience. Naturally I'm hoping to one day see how it fits in with the movie visuals.
Update - October 12, 2016 by Larry Tuczynski
I had the opportunity to see "Shin Godzilla" last night at my local Regal Theater. Considering there was no advertising or trailers for this one showing the theater was surprisingly crowded. I have mixed feelings about whether I like this film or not. It has a running time of nearly 2 hours but the vast majority was taken up with the story line that was highly political. It was about how government is fairly useless when it comes to decisions on unplanned disasters. When Godzilla first makes his presence known the politicians and various cabinet and department heads hold tons of meetings with no resolution and all are trying to pass the buck on who is responsible for handling things. There's also political tension about the relationship between Japan and the US since World War II.
When Godzilla comes ashore it looks nothing like the Godzilla we are used to. At first I thought maybe it was another monster he was going to fight. It crawled along the streets and looked like a creepy looking pull toy. It undulated almost like those dragons you see in Chinese parades with the dozens of people under them. Finally he stands and goes through some type of metamorphosis and starts looking more like Godzilla. However the eyes remain very creepy and whitish. Almost like button eyes on some creepy Halloween doll. I also didn't care much for his new "powers". He still shoots fire from his mouth but now also does what looks like laser beams. They also have the lasers coming out of his back and the tip of his tail. The ending sets up for the possibility of a future movie but leaves you unsatisfied (at least it did me). The Godzilla scenes and special effects were nicely done. The music works well in the film with just enough familiar Ifukube mixed with new music.
English Title: Godzilla Resurgence
Japanese Title: Shin Godzilla