Godzilla: King of the Monsters Trailer Gets a Toho-Inspired Makeover

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We're only halfway through 2018, and yet director Michael Dougherty's 2019 film Godzilla: King of the Monsters is already turning heads. From its star-studded cast to its unique visual style, the Godzilla sequel is shaping up to be one of the films to watch for next year. If there's anything it's lacking, however, it's a touch of Toho creativity — which thankfully one fan is happy to provide.

The unnamed fan recently posted a re-edited version of the sequel's Comic-Con International trailer, cleverly rearranging the scenes to resemble classic kaiju and tokusatsu films. It features audio and Japanese subtitles directly taken from Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, a Godzilla sequel produced in 1964 by Toho and directed by Kurosawa contemporary Ishirō Honda.

The edit highlights the breathtaking visuals behind the film's four primary kaiju — renamed "Titans" — and retells the narrative from the perspective of those who survived World War II, and who were then struggling with the demands of the Cold War era. The proponents behind the tokusatsu genre had originally conceptualized the Godzilla films as a way of coping with post-war stress.

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Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah are thematically introduced in King of the Monsters via four different color palettes: Godzilla in blue, Mothra in green, Rodan in orange and King Ghidorah in yellow. The scenes were rearranged intentionally to apply more emphasis on the four monsters.

The insect-like Mothra was first introduced in 1961 by Ishirō Honda, as Toho's titular hero-antagonist. It later served as foil for Godzilla in the 1964 crossover film Mothra vs. Godzilla. The pterodactyl daikaiju Rodan had a similar first appearance, making its debut in the 1956 Toho film Rodan, only to appear much later in 1964's Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster. The fourth Titan, the dragon King Ghidorah, also made its first appearance in that film, working with Rodan to take down Godzilla. Dougherty's King of the Monsters is a hard reboot of these two crossover films, and of the 1956 Japanese-American kaiju film Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, co-directed by Terry O. Morse. Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah will feature prominently in the upcoming Godzilla reboot-sequel as the prehistoric sea dinosaur's newest adversaries.

Next year's Godzilla: King of the Monsters will serve as the third entry in Legendary's MonsterVerse franchise. The shared universe kicked off in 2014 with Godzilla, a Western take on the 1954 Toho classic, followed three years later by Kong: Skull Island, a reboot of the King Kong franchise, this time set after the Vietnam War.

Arriving May 31, 2019, director Michael Dougherty’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds and Zhang Ziyi.

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