Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
A BLAST OF ATOMIC FIRE BREATH WILL END MOST ARGUMENTS RATHER QUICKLY.82>
Very entertaining 2001 Godzilla movie introducing the concept of "Guardian Monsters" protecting Japan against Godzilla.
The story opens with Yuri Tachibana and her video crew shooting an installment of their 'bargain basement' TV ghost-mystery-UFO show when the local mayor accosts them, demanding they cease. Yuri charms him into allowing them to continue when a sudden earthquake rolls through. Next we see a kind of odd Japanese motorcycle gang annoying the mayor and his girlfriend, then see them buried in a tunnel collapse after an earthquake, then we see a truck driver witnessing the collapse and catching a glimpse of a giant monster.
Yuri and her assistant study a book on the "Guardian Monsters" as various encounters with monsters occur, nicely building the story.
Eventually we find Yuri traveling by bicycle towards Godzilla as he battles Mothra and King Ghidorah. She and her assistant plan on broadcasting the final battle when the structure they're in is damaged by Godzilla's atomic fire breath and they end up falling into Tokyo Bay. At the last second, King Ghidorah emits a breath of air as bubbles and they allows Yuri and her assistant to survive the fall.
Meanwhile, Yuri's father, a naval commander, pilots a tiny submarine towards Godzilla and is swallowed whole, firing a missile inside of Godzilla, then escaping. Godzilla surfaces and menaces Yuri just as the missile explodes. The movie ends with Godzilla's still-beating heart on the bottom of the bay, somehow regenerating Godzilla. But that's for another movie.
Great fun overall, a terrific movie, and Chiharu Niiyama as Yuri is just gorgeous and energetic as can be.