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    GODZILLA VS. KONG Japanese Press Notes and Photos From Toho

    The Destruction God and the Guardian God clash in Hong Kong in GODZILLA VS. KONG. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2021 WARNER BROTHERS ENTERTAINMENT INC. & LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary

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    Japanese theatrical poster. Image courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2021 WARNER BROTHERS ENTERTAINMENT INC. & LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary

    Toho Co., Ltd. has provided SciFi Japan with press materials for the Japanese release of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ worldwide box office smash GODZILLA VS. KONG (ゴジラvsコング, Gojira vs Kongu). While the movie has already opened in most international markets, it does not come to Japan until Friday, May 14th.

    Toho’s press notes are presented below in both English and Japanese…

    INTRODUCTION

    Shun Oguri’s Hollywood’s debut!
    The Great Clash of Destruction God Godzilla vs Guardian God Kong!
    The Biggest Ultimate Showdown on Earth! Which is the Strongest?!

    Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures, and Toho have partnered to create the Hollywood version of the Godzilla series, which has been developed from GODZILLA (2014) into a “MonsterVerse” series that crosses over with the magnificent world view of KONG: SKULL ISLAND (2017). The third entry, GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, showed this is Godzilla! The world was enthusiastic about the powerful monster battles, and it was a smash hit.

    And in 2021, the dream showdown is finally realized! The long-awaited latest installment in the series, GODZILLA VS. KONG, in which the “Destruction God” Godzilla and the “Guardian God” Kong, the two most iconic legendary monsters in movie history, collide will finally appear on Friday, May 14!

    Godzilla, who awakened as “King” after a deadly battle with the mighty monsters in the previous work, will confront this time the ultimate monster Kong, who has also reigned over movie history!

    Why do they fight? Who is the winner of this ultimate showdown?

    Dr. Nathan Lind (Alexander Skarsgård) hopes Kong can lead his team to a power source in the Hollow Earth. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2021 WARNER BROTHERS ENTERTAINMENT INC. & LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary

    STORY

    The Earth was devastated by the war of Titans. As mankind tries to rebuild, the special agency Monarch embarks on a dangerous mission into an unknown land and uncover clues to the origins of the giant monsters. Meanwhile, Godzilla emerges from the darkness of the deep sea, attacks the high-tech company APEX in Florida, and puts the world in danger once again. What is the cause of Godzilla’s anger? Walter Simmons (Demián Bichir), CEO of APEX, complains about the threat of Godzilla. As a countermeasure, Monarch and Apex, led by the teams of Dr. Nathan Lind (Alexander Skarsgård) and Dr. Ilene (Rebecca Hall), take Kong off of Skull Island to explore where the monsters’ roots lie.

    The struggle for humanity’s survival will trigger the ultimate confrontation between Godzilla and Kong, and people will see the greatest clash in history. Jia is the only girl who can communicate with Kong, who is searching for his homeland. Meanwhile, Madison (Millie Bobby Brown), her friend Josh (Julian Dennison), and Bernie (Brian Tyree Henry), who espouses conspiracy theories about APEX, believe in Godzilla and work together in pursuit of the truth. Is there any hope for humankind? What are the secret thoughts and plans of Ren Serizawa (Shun Oguri), a researcher at Apex and the son of the late Dr. Ishiro Serizawa? The speculations of the people surrounding the monsters are complicated. Godzilla and Kong, are they on the side of humanity or a threat to humanity? An epic battle has begun that will decide the existence of the earth, where the strongest forces in the natural world collide. Why do they fight? As expected, the winner of this peak decisive battle is…

    The Skull Island girl Jia (Kaylee Hottle) has formed a deep bond with Kong. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2021 WARNER BROTHERS ENTERTAINMENT INC. & LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary

    CREDITS

    Release Date: May 14, 2021
    Public Information: Roadshow at Toho Cinemas Across Japan

    Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry,
    Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir

    Director: Adam Wingard
    Screenplay: Eric Pearson, Max Borenstein

    ©2021 WARNER BROTHERS ENTERTAINMENT INC. & LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC.

    Josh Valentine (Julian Dennison), Madison Russell (Millie Bobby Brown) and Bernie Hayes (Brian Tyree Henry) try to uncover the cause of Godzilla’s recent rampages. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2021 WARNER BROTHERS ENTERTAINMENT INC. & LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary

    【イントロダクション】

    小栗旬ハリウッド初参戦作品!
    破壊神<ゴジラ>vs守護神<コング>大激突!
    地球最大の究極対決! 最強はどっちだ!

    ワーナー・ブラザースとレジェンダリー・ピクチャーズ、東宝が提携し、『GODZILLA ゴジラ』(2014)より展開してきたハリウッド版『ゴジラ』シリーズと、『キングコング:髑髏島の巨神』(2017)の壮大な世界観がクロスオーバーする「モンスター・ヴァース」シリーズ。その第3弾となる『ゴジラ キング・オブ・モンスターズ』は、これぞゴジラ! というド迫力の怪獣バトルに世界中が熱狂し、大ヒットを記録しました。

    そして2021年、ついに夢の対決が実現!映画史上で最も象徴的な伝説の2大モンスター、<破壊神>ゴジラと<守護神>コングが激突する待望のシリーズ最新作『ゴジラvsコング』がいよいよ5月14日(金)に登場します!

    前作で強大な怪獣たちとの死闘の末、王<キング>として覚醒したゴジラが今回対峙するのは、同じく映画史に君臨してきた究極のモンスター・コング!

    彼らはなぜ戦うのか。果たして、この最強対決の勝者はー。

    Ren Serizawa (Shun Oguri) visits Nathan Lind’s office. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2021 WARNER BROTHERS ENTERTAINMENT INC. & LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary

    【ストーリー】

    ターの戦いによって壊滅的な被害を受けた地球。人類が各地の再建を計る中、特務機関モナークは未知の土地で危険な任務に挑み、巨大怪獣の故郷<ルーツ>の手がかりを掴もうとする。そんな中、ゴジラが深海の暗闇からその姿を現し、フロリダにあるハイテク企業エイペックス社を襲撃、世界を再び危機へと陥れていく。ゴジラの怒りの原因は何なのか。エイペックス社CEOのウォルター・シモンズ(デミアン・ビチル)はゴジラの脅威を訴える。モナークとエイペックスは対抗措置として、ネイサン・リンド博士(アレキサンダー・スカルスガルド)やアイリーン博士(レベッカ・ホール)のチームを中心に、コングを髑髏島<スカルアイランド>から連れ出し、怪獣のルーツとなる場所を探ろうとする。

    人類の生き残りをかけた争いは、ゴジラ対コングという最強対決を引き起こし、人々は史上最大の激突を目にすることとなる。故郷を求めるコングと唯一心を通わせる少女ジア。一方、ゴジラを信じ、その真意を探ろうとするマディソン(ミリー・ボビー・ブラウン)と級友のジョシュ(ジュリアン・デニソン)、そしてエイペックスの陰謀説を唱えるバーニー(ブライアン・タイリー・ヘンリー)は行動を共にしてゴジラを追う。人類になす術はないのか―。エイペックスの研究員で故芹沢猪四郎博士の息子である芹沢蓮(小栗旬)の秘めた想いや目的とは?怪獣を取り巻く人間たちの思惑が錯綜する。ゴジラとコング、彼らは人類の味方か、人類の脅威か。自然界最強の力が激突する、地球の存亡を委ねた壮大な戦いが始まった。彼らはなぜ戦うのか―。果たして、この頂上決戦の勝者は―。

    Kong on Skull Island. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2021 WARNER BROTHERS ENTERTAINMENT INC. & LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary

    【クレジット】

    公開日 :2021年5月14日
    公開情報:全国東宝系にてロードショー

    キャスト: アレクサンダー・スカルスガルド ミリー・ボビー・ブラウン レベッカ・ホール ブライアン・タイリー・ヘンリー
    小栗 旬 エイザ・ゴンザレス ジュリアン・デニソン カイル・チャンドラー デミアン・ビチル

    監督:アダム・ウィンガード
    脚本:エリック・ピアソン マックス・ボレンスタイン

    ©2021 WARNER BROTHERS ENTERTAINMENT INC. & LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC.

    & LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary
    Jia reaffirms her connection to Kong. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2021 WARNER BROTHERS ENTERTAINMENT INC. & LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary
    Ren at the APEX headquarters on Hong Kong. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2021 WARNER BROTHERS ENTERTAINMENT INC. & LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary
    Godzilla launches an underwater attack on Kong. Photo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2021 WARNER BROTHERS ENTERTAINMENT INC. & LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary
    Japanese logo courtesy of Toho Co., Ltd. ©2021 WARNER BROTHERS ENTERTAINMENT INC. & LEGENDARY PICTURES PRODUCTIONS LLC. TM & © TOHO CO., LTD. MONSTERVERSE TM & © Legendary

    About Toho

    Toho Company, Limited, is a Japanese entertainment studio focused on the development, production, exhibition, and distribution of powerful content for motion pictures, television and theater. Founded in 1932, it remains a prominent force in bringing brands and original storytelling with versatile talents to audiences worldwide. Its subsidiaries include Toho Cinemas, the highest grossing exhibition company in Japan. To learn more, visit toho.co.jp/en.

    About Warner Bros. Pictures

    Warner Bros. Pictures has been at the forefront of the motion picture industry since its inception and continues to be a leading creative force in the industry.

    Warner Bros. Pictures produces and distributes a wide-ranging slate of some 18-22 films each year, employing a business paradigm that mitigates risk while maximizing productivity and capital. Warner Bros. Pictures either fully finances or co-finances the films it produces and maintains worldwide distribution rights. It further monetizes its distribution and marketing operations by distributing films that are totally financed and produced by others. Current multi-faceted co-financing joint ventures include those with Village Roadshow Pictures and RatPac-Dune Entertainment. Warner Bros. Pictures also has a distribution, co-financing deal with Alcon Entertainment.

    About Legendary

    Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television and digital (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to worldwide audiences. Legendary has built a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world’s most popular intellectual property. In aggregate, Legendary Pictures-associated productions have realized grosses of more than $17 billion worldwide at the box office. To learn more visit legendary.com.


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