'Raiga: God Of The Monsters'
(Yukijiro Hotaru, Ryan Davies, Manami Enosawa, et al / DVD / NR / (2009) 2020 / SRS Cinema)
Overview: Global warming leads to excessive melting of the southern polar ice cap, disrupting Earth's ecosystem. The receding ice brings long dormant ancient sea creatures back to life, monsters that set their sights on Japan.
Among the kaiju is an enormous sea beast the locals refer to as the legendary Raiga. The monster attacks the city of Asakusa, bringing death and destruction as he tramples building and lays waste to the military. Can Raiga be stopped, or will all of Japan be destroyed by his fury?
DVD Verdict: Well, straight from the off I can confirm that 'Raiga: God Of The Monsters' is at least visually a vast improvement over it's predecessor, with great miniatures, costumes and composite effects.
But what it has in style it lacks in substance as that takes a back seat to the irritating family (especially the daughters) that we're forced to sit through and hope they survive!
Oh, and lest we forget about some really unfunny jokes and gags that are spread throughout, such as “I can’t run in a kimono!” screams a frustrated Japanese man, having been evacuated as our favorite giant monster smashes the city in the background!
That said, sure, I don't mind when a film series wants to go in a more lighthearted direction, but the humor just didn't work for me. I barely cracked a smile through those moments, but that doesn't make it a terrible movie.
OK, yes, sure, it just feels like a big step down from the great 'Reigo,' but what wouldn't?
Here the humans are modern and cynical, the kaiju is performed primarily through suitmation and all that is just fine and dandy.
Furthermore, the storyline is a wee bit weird to me, but when Raiga begins crushing buildings like a drunk madman, well, all that went out the window and I was loving it all; like a moth(ra) to a flame! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) and enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Making of Raiga Monster (Japanese)