“Well maybe I am a romantic. But rest assured I’m not a mad scientist. OK?”
Birth Island is the home of Godzilla and Godzilla Junior. When the island is destroyed the destruction affects Godzilla turning him into a runaway nuclear reactor. Godzilla shows up in Hong Kong. He is glowing as if he is on fire on the inside. On a rampage he destroys Kai Tak Airport and then forges inland.
The JSDF hires college student Kenkichi Yamane to assist in determining what happened to Godzilla. Kenkichi is the grandson of Dr. Kyohei Yamane. He was one of the main scientists who researched Godzilla in 1954. Kenkichi believes that Godzilla’s heart is undergoing a nuclear meltdown. He believes the destruction of Birth Island was the result of a volcano. The volcano released a deposit of uranium and Godzilla absorbed the radiation from it and that triggered his reaction. He believes that once Godzilla’s internal temperature reaches 1,200 degrees Celsius he will explode with a force one thousand times greater than all nuclear weapons put together. He predicts it will be hot enough to ignite Earth’s atmosphere and destroying all life.
In the meantime scientists learn that the oxygen destroyer used by Dr. Serizawa in 1954 created a mutated organism that dates from the Precambrian period. This organism had been lying dormant in Tokyo Bay. The organisms combine and mutate into giant crab-like creatures that start destroying the waterfront. The JSDF is called out to battle the creatures. They are given the name “Destoroyah”. When they again mutate and combine into one giant creature it is believed that the only one who can combat them is Godzilla himself.
“Godzilla vs Destoroyah” was released in 1995 and was directed by Takao Okawara (and prior footage from Ishiro Honda, Koji Hashimoto, Kazuki Ohmori and Kenshô Yamashita). It is the 22nd installment in the Godzilla franchise, and is the seventh and final film in the franchise's Heisei period.
This was supposed to be the last Godzilla movie until the 50th anniversary of Godzilla in 2004. Tristar (who distributes a lot of the Godzilla movies in the US) had intended to do a trilogy of American made Godzilla movies starting with the 1998 Matthew Broderick movie. The poor critical, and box office, response to the 1998 film caused TriStar to abandon their plans for any additional films and resulted in TOHO bringing back Gojira sooner than they had planned with “Godzilla 2000” (1999).
This would be the final film score for composer Akira Ifukube. His association with the Godzilla films stretches back to the original 1954 movie. He has composed music for over 270 movies and documentaries. He created Godzilla’s trademark roar. He died in 2006 at the age of 91.
Toho wanted to release the film using the title "Godzilla Vs. Destroyer" to English-language markets, but discovered that copyrighting an everyday word such as "destroyer" for the name of its monster would be difficult. Instead TOHO named the creature Destoroyah and released the film as "Godzilla VS Destoroyah". "Destoroyah" is both a unique name yet very similar to the English word so copywriting the title would be much easier. When Toho had the movie dubbed into English, it made sure the monster was called "destroyer" on film, since that was the intended name.
The security guard at the aquarium is humming the same song Matthew Broderick sings in “Godzilla” (1998), “Singing in the Rain”.
I liked this movie.