“Godzilla Minus One” premiered in Japan on November 3, 2023, and was already a big hit by the time it got released in the U.S. on December 1. It has since become the highest-grossing Japanese “Godzilla” film and the highest-grossing Japanese film in the U.S. ever, behind the current record-holder, “Pokémon: The First Movie.”
“Godzilla Minus One Minus Color” will release in the United States on January 26, 2024, when it will play in theaters for one week only. According to Toho, all versions of the film will leave theaters after February 1, so mark your calendars.
Director Takashi Yamazaki said in a press release that he wants audiences to know this is not a simple black-and-white version. “Our colorist took the time and care to go through a very meticulous and complex process,” he said. “The black-and-white images make Godzilla look very realistic and documentary-like, which leads to even more fear.” The filmmaker added:
“Even though we have seen ‘Godzilla Minus One’ many times, we felt that something completely different appeared here -and it’s very scary! So this is not only for those who liked ‘Godzilla Minus One’ but also those who are seeing it for the first time – they should definitely see this black-and-white version. Especially the scene at the beginning where Godzilla appears in the night – it is so terrifying that it made my knees shake!’