Funimation has debuted the theatrical trailer for the North American release of“Shin Godzilla,” aka “Godzilla: Resurgence,” ahead of its Oct. 11-18 limited run.
The 29th Toho film in the 62-year-old franchise, the reboot is the first Japanese Godzilla movie in a decade. It has earned $60 million since its July 29 release in Japan, making it the year’s biggest live-action hit in that country.
The trailer is classic Godzilla, and mostly reaction shots: people running and screaming, scientists and soldiers scheming, committees meeting and arguing. As the tension builds, we're shown more carnage and are given a first-person view of the giant monster’s swinging tail. The final reveal of the fiery creature in the smoldering ruins of a doomed city is accompanied by the King of the Monster's signature roar. The whole thing is set against a soundtrack of the iconic musical flourishes of longtime series composer, the late Akira Ifukube.
The film was acquired for the United States and Canada by Funimation, the distributor of the popular "Dragon Ball Z" franchise, which made the surprise announcement in July at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
Although “Shin Godzilla” does break with past Toho films, it doesn't tie in with the 2014 American “Godzilla” film directed in Gareth Edwards, nor with the future installments in Warner Brosl' Godzilla-King Kong franchise.
“Shin Godzilla” is co-directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi. The film will screen in more than 440 theaters across the United Statesand Canada. Tickets are now available for pre-purchase on the official film website.