Check Out the Studio Ghibli Live-Action Short Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo


Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo (2013) Movie Image

If you thought Studio Ghibli could only pull off animated features, then perhaps you should think again. The studio’s live-action short “Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo” is kind of brilliant and subtly creepy. Although the language barrier prevents me from digging into the finer details of the experience, it’s still quite fascinating on a purely visual level.

As far the story is concerned, the title pretty much says it all. A giant God appears in Tokyo, which leads to all sorts of cinematic insanity. The less you know going on, the more enjoyable the experience. Going in cold is the way to go, so I’ll refrain from giving away any more details.

“Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo” (aka “Kyoshinhei Tokyo ni Arawaru”) was designed by Hideaki Anno, Hayao Miyazaki, and Shinji Higuchi to help promote a museum exhibit entitled “Hideaki Anno’s Special Effects Museum.” The clip in all its eight-minute glory has been included below. I’m not sure how long it will hang around, so enjoy it while you can.

Via : Collider

Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at)
  • Thomas Walter

    My first thought watching this was Japanese special effects hasn’t progressed since the 1990’s. but all the destruction at the end is pretty nice.

  • Tin Hoang

    Saw this a few weeks ago. It’s definitely funky since it’s coming from Studio Ghibli. Completely unexpected and unprecedented, but it’s definitely cool and different.