Godzilla Minus One is a huge cinematic hit. That much isn’t in doubt. Based on all the praise from critics and audiences in both the East and the West, it’s pretty clear that director Takashi Yamazaki (Space Battleship Yamato, Stand By Me Doraemon, Lupin III: The First) has blown them all away with this Godzilla masterpiece. As much as the titular kaiju itself blows away Tokyo, I would argue. Thus, you can understand why this latest Godzilla film is getting a re-release in its native country of Japan. Even better: that re-release will be in black and white. You know, as a callback to the very first Godzilla film all the way back from 1954? Don’t believe me? Then why not check out TOHO’s trailer for this black and white re-release below, and see for yourself just how classic this 2023 version of Godzilla can get?

Godzilla Minus One: Black and White Details

Clearly, black and white is the new color these days.

Horror film fan magazine Fangoria has just revealed that Godzilla Minus One is getting a black and white re-release in Japan on January 12, 2024. This re-release even has a new title of Godzilla-1.0/C. Confused about how to pronounce that? Well, that YouTube trailer also gives us how that title is properly pronounced. Apparently, it’s “Godzilla Minus Color“. Quite fitting for this re-release, really.

Godzilla-1.0/C Japanese theatrical release poster.
I can see the monochrome trend is getting bigger.

Even better, we even have some words from director Takashi Yamazaki himself about this black and white re-release of his own film. You can check out those exact words below:

We are now able to announce Godzilla-1.0/C, which we have been working on for a long time. Rather than just making it monochrome, it is a cut by cut, I had them make adjustments while making full use of various mattes, as if they were creating a new movie. What I was aiming for was a style that looked like it was taken by masters of monochrome photography. We were able to unearth the texture of the skin and the details of the scenery that were hidden in the photographed data. Then, a frightening Godzilla, just like the one in the documentary, appeared. By eliminating color, a new sense of reality emerges. Please live and resist further fear at the theater.

Alas, that’s all we have about this black and white re-release of Godzilla: Minus One. There are currently no plans for this re-release to leave Japan as of this writing. We’re going to have to wait for TOHO to give us that info later. Tune back in to THS to find out more Godzilla news when we get it.

Source: Fangoria

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