The Godzilla 28 Movie Challenge


Only 9 years after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear blasts catalysed the end of the Second World War, the Japanese public were able to see for the first time what the horrors of atomic destruction looked like thanks to the cinema. Using that wonderfully unique Japanese symbolism, the film didn't depict the carnage falling from the skies - instead it emerged from the ocean...


Toho's finest beast has been in nearly 30 movies (well, it *is* 30 if you include the 2 American titles) and in 2016 we should get a new installment. While rumours stomp all over the internet like a crazed Kaiju as fans try to guess the tone and content of the new film, I feel it's time to revisit the back-catalogue and watch all 28 movies in order. Not the dodgy dubs and re-edited versions, but the Japanese originals. I'll savour the experience rather than binge watch them. One a week will mean I complete this challenge in six months. I'll dissect them, rank them and present my views.

To read the Cult Kingdom's thoughts on each of the Godzilla movies watched thus far, click the links below:

[Currently 18 of 28 complete OVER HALF WAY THERE!!! - "Godzilla Vs Mothra (1992) will be reviewed and posted shortly]


NOTE: Well since starting this, Shin Gojira (2016) has been released - so this may well become a 29 Movie Challenge!


  1. Gojira (1954)
  2. Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
  3. King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
  4. Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
  5. Ghidorah, the Three Headed Monster (1964)
  6. Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
  7. Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster (1966)
  8. Son of Godzilla (1967)
  9. Destroy All Monsters (1968)
  10. All Monsters Attack (1969)
  11. Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
  12. Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)
  13. Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
  14. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
  15. Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
  16. Godzilla (1984) [a.k.a: Return of Godzilla]
  17. Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)
  18. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
  19. Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992)
  20. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)
  21. Godzilla vs. Space-Godzilla (1994)
  22. Godzilla vs. Destroyah (1995)
  23. Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999)
  24. Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)
  25. Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack (2001) [a.k.a: GMK]
  26. Godzila against Mechagodzilla (2002)
  27. Godzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003)
  28. Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)


11 comments:

  1. Where is godzilla 1985, VHS only?

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    1. Return of Godzilla (#16 on the list) is Godzilla 1985

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    2. I could be mistaken, but isn't Godzilla 1985 to Return of Godzilla what Godzilla: King of the Monsters was to Gojira (1954)? I know Return of Godzilla came out in '84.

      - Ian Christiansen

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  2. I thought there was going to be a quiz or something. Why call it "GODZILLA 28 MOVIE CHALLENGE"? WHERE'S THE "CHALLENGE"?

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  3. While many do not claim the non Toho movies technically there are 30 Godzilla movies. With # 31 coming out next spring. Have all the Toho one on DVD in both English and Japanese/.

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  4. The Challenge mainly comes from getting hold of the films (not as easy as it sounds) and posting a write-up of each one. I don't want to simply summarise the plot, a synopsis-only review isn't what I want to achieve. My aim is to compare the films and also recognise each one on its own merit. It's also important to consider the cultural impact of the films and any significant influences of the time which shaped the films.

    And Ncrdbl1 - you are right, 30 Godzilla films with another next year, but I am looking solely at the official Toho Studio films of which there are currently 28. I may look at the others at another point, but for now I'm focused on those. You could argue that there are beyond 30 anyway with the likes of short films and fan-made productions such as the Legendary Wolfman/Godzilla film.

    As for a quiz - I am putting together a quiz consisting of one question per film. It'll be a little while before it's ready, but if it's a quiz you want - it's a quiz you'll get!

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  5. watched them all, in order, last year... didn't take 28 weeks, more like 3, when I could fit the time in.
    My birth year, 1968, Destroy All Monsters, is still my favorite one (matched only by the most recent amazing Godzilla), but I love them all~!

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  6. This is awesome, man. I did a 28 day 56 Kaiju/Tokusatsu movie marathon a couple years ago that included all the Toho Godzilla films. If you find the Facebook group Kwaidan Klub you can view my album with posters from all 56 films and my own drunken reviews of them.

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  7. This is awesome, man. I did a 28 day 56 Kaiju/Tokusatsu movie marathon a couple years ago that included all the Toho Godzilla films. If you find the Facebook group Kwaidan Klub you can view my album with posters from all 56 films and my own drunken reviews of them.

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  8. I saw Shin Godzilla last week, were you able to see it? I'm interested in your review of that movie too if you get a chance! Godzilla looked awesome, but it's a complete reboot of the origin story. I can't wait to see it again, and get it when it comes out on Bluray.

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    1. Not seen it yet, but not through lack of trying. I contacted a few cinemas/theatres but it looks as though I'll have to wait a bit longer! I've seen clips and read a fair amount about it - but I can't wait to see it myself!

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