The tokusatsu genre in which giant monsters of “kaiju” do battle and cause widespread destruction in the process, has been undergoing a bit of a Renaissance recently, with fun and interesting reboots springing up both in Japan and the US.
And coming 4 February, 2022, a truly bold experiment in the genre is set to take place. Daikaiju No Atoshimatsu (lit. “The Great Monster’s Remains“, tentative English title: Kaiju Cleanup) marks the first time veteran film studios Shochiku and Toei have teamed up on a single feature. Perhaps the reason two companies were needed is that this movie boasts the largest monster in Japanese movie history.
However, it’s dead for pretty much the whole film.
The first trailer and release date for the film “What to Do with the Dead Kaiju?” starring Ryosuke Yamada and Tao Tsuchiya have been announced. Written and directed by Satoshi Miki, the always odd guy (The Encyclopedia’s Unlisted Insects), this film is. Gaku Hamada, Joe Odagiri, and Toshiyuki Nishida are among the first supporting cast members revealed today.
“What to Do with the Dead Kaiju?” is now set for release February 4, 2022 in Japan.
A huge beast ravages Japan, but suddenly perishes. It’s only a matter of time before the monster’s carcass ignites and causes the nation to collapse as a result of a gas explosion. Arata Tatewaki (Ryosuke Yamada) is put in command of a special force team sent into the crucial region. Yukino Amane (Tao Tsuchiya) appears in front of Arata Tatewaki . She is both the environment minister’s secretary and Arata Tatewaki’s ex-fiancee.
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That’s because Daikaiju No Atoshimatsu picks up where most tokusatsu films leave off. The evil kaiju collapses in defeat, the hero walks off into the sunset, and credits roll, but also those poor extras who have already been through so much, now have a gigantic rotting corpse to dispose of.
The film is written and directed by Satoshi Miki and stars Hey! Say! JUMP’s Ryosuke Yamada and Tao Tsuchiya who played Makimachi Misao in the Rurouni Kenshin live action movies.
Yamada plays a member of a special forces unit along with demolitions expert Bruce (played by Joe Odagiri), each tasked with conflicting missions on how to dispose of the 350-meter (1,150-foot) long corpse, which is about the size of one-and-a-half Tokyo Domes, and some fear may explode if not dealt with soon.