“Godzilla Minus One” is set in the days after the end of World War II, with Japan reeling from the devastation left behind after the emotional toll of the war brings the country to its lowest point. The story follows the failed kamikaze pilot Kiochi (Ryunosuke Kamiki) and Noriko (Minami Hamabe), a woman pushed into homelessness, as they take care of an abandoned child, only for Godzilla to march ashore and pull Japan even deeper into chaos and devastation. While Godzilla is often depicted as a hero of sorts, “Godzilla Minus One” depicts the monster as a straight-up villain, casting him in a terrifying light.
Written and directed by Takashi Yamazaki, “Godzilla Minus One” was one of the most unexpected mainstream hits of 2023. Its success was driven almost entirely by word-of-mouth, which speaks volumes about the quality of the film from top-to-bottom. Stao’s score is undeniably a highlight in what is arguably one of the greatest entries in the “Godzilla” canon to date. Yamazaki had this to say about the film:
“Postwar Japan has lost everything. The film depicts an existence that gives unprecedented despair. The title ‘Godzilla Minus One’ was created with this in mind. In order to depict this, the staff and I have worked together to create a setting where Godzilla looks as if ‘fear’ itself is walking toward us, and where despair is piled on top of despair.”
The “Godzilla Minus One” vinyl soundtrack is priced at $50 and is available to pre-order now at WaxworkRecords.com.