Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)

The cover for the CD

Composed by: Takayuki Hattori

Having exhausted their list of mega-monster stars, and also having established a financially successful series, the brains at Toho decided to go back to original monster creations…sort of. Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla sees Godzilla cells (shot into space in previous films) merge with alien DNA to create a crystal-humped monstrosity. SpaceGodzilla threatens to destroy life on earth by turning it into a power source via crystal structures. Opposing him are the Big G and Moguera, a reimagining of a giant mech from the 50s film Mysterians. Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla is a divisive entry, considered by many to be the worst of the Heisei series. I ascribe to this sentiment. Despite having more original monsters it feels less inspired. The first half or so is so bad its fun (largely thanks to the English dub), but the final battle is torturously long. One aspect that really stands out in a negative way is director Kensho Yamashita’s attempt to inject a prominent love story between psychic Miki Saegusa and the male lead. Romance is a tricky prospect for Godzilla films and it fails miserably here.

Akira Ifukube did not return for this outing. One of the reported reasons is that he was not enthused with the script and did not want to devote his talents to it. Takayuki Hattori was called up. Hattori is the Masaru Satoh of the more recent Godzilla films, making sporadic returns and often changing his theme for the Big G. While some of Ifukube’s material would be used in the film, Hattori would create his own musical stamp. Hattori’s music has been released on three albums. The first was a 23 track single-disc album. The second was a two-disc set of the music as heard in the film. The Perfect Collection had two discs, one bonus material and the other, which this review will be based on, containing 30 tracks. The complete score set is really the 30 tracks edited into points of the film. Unfortunately many of these tracks have technical labels like “M-25” but TohoKingdom does have a “Fan Track Listing” that can be used to rectify this. Continue reading