Let’s get to the point: the first trailer for Toho’s reboot of the Godzilla franchise, Godzilla Resurgence, dropped earlier today and in a word, it’s breathtaking. Showcasing a back to basics approach to Kaiju films, it draws heavily from the 1954 original, released when Japan was still recovering from World War II and inspired by the devastation of the war’s final days. Here, we see that earlier film’s depiction of remote, godlike terror with modern effects and techniques. Sure, the monster still looks like a man in a suit and yet, it’s genuinely terrifying. It helps, of course, that the the scale of the attack is both distant and personal, as shown by Godzilla towering over the city he’s plodding through, and the focus on on-the-ground devastation. Watch the clip above now.
Announced back in 2014 in the wake of Legendary’s successful American take on the classic Kaiju, Godzilla Resurgence is a full reboot of the 30-odd film series, and the first to come out of Japan since 2004’s Godzilla: Final Wars. Co-directed by Neon Genesis Evangelion co-creator Hideaki Anno and Gamera storyboard artist Shinji Higuchi from a script by Hideaki, it hits Japanese theaters July 29.