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Godzilla Raids Again (1955)

Godzilla Raids Again

Second up in this massive project is Godzilla Raids Again [imdb] from 1955.

Koji Kobayashi, a spotter for a Japanese fishing fleet crash lands his plane on a barren island. His best friend, Shoichi Tsukioka, manages to find him and lands his plane next to his so he can be rescued. The two pilots are shocked when they see two giant monsters waging war before falling into the ocean. The two pilots race back to Japan to inform the government what they saw. Soon the world comes to the realization, that a monster closely related to the original Godzilla is on the loose as well as a new monster named Angilas. Soon, the two monsters arrive in Osaka where they resume their battle. Will the two monsters destroy Osaka before they ultimately destroy each other? [src]

The plot feels a bit thin in contrast to the first movie but I think it kind of works. In truth I had to watch this movie multiple times to get a firm grip on the story because I tended to zoom out in between the Godzilla scenes. The two main company men are sweet but boring and, for me, quite unrelatable. I don't care much about what happens to them. The plot somehow feels forced and yanked in there in between all of the good stuff.

However, we are introduced to the mighty Anguirus. One of many monsters to come.

The fighting scenes between Gozilla and Anguirus are very good and just a pleasure to watch. Without a doubt the usp of this movie. The obliteration of Osaka is not bad either. Like the first movie, everything is very beautiful and well made.

There is one scene in particular that really resonated with me; when Osaka is under blackout and the military is firing flares in order to lure Godzilla away from Osaka there is an escape from a prison transport truck. The alleged criminals flee and steals a car which they manage to crash into something highly explosive resulting in a huge raging fire attracting Godzilla back to the city. All the prisoners die, on way or the other (ofc, duh!). Not sure why I liked it but I think it added a random dark twist to the mood of the movie. A nice touch IMHO.

The ending leaves much to be desired.

The actual Godzilla scenes are good, all the other stuff, perhaps not so good, to put things diplomatically. But I kind of think it all works out but I'm very glad this movie wasn't any longer...