Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack(Toho-2001) was premiered November 3 at the Tokyo International Film Festival in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. I attended the showing and found the film to be not your typical Godzilla fare. The movie was directed by Shusuke Kaneko ("Gamera, Guardian of the Universe", "Gamera 2: Advent of Legion" and "Gamera 3: Awakening of Irys") and it is filled with plenty of monster action between Godzilla, Mothra (the best one ever, the wings actually flapped), King Ghidorah and Baragon (who stole the show). It also has supernatural overtones as the spirits of the war dead from the Pacific War are upset that they have been forgotten as well as the horrors of war and a mysterious old man. They "merge" into Godzilla who then triggers the awakening of the three guardian monsters (Baragon, Mothra, King Ghidorah). The movie also has some dark humor (a Kaneko trademark) where a man trying to relieve himself and a hospitalized girl meet their maker courtesy of Godzilla. Godzilla never looked or moved as good as he does in this film and it is easy to forget that it is a man in a costume. The optical effects (ray blasts and Godzilla's oral ray) were well done and the daytime photography of Godzilla's battle with Baragon is Academy Award quality. The subtitled print that I saw was reportedly 95% complete as some scenes are to be added and some effects shots are to be finished for the December 15 opening in Japan. The score, while serviceable, was not memorable. It too will be re-mixed before the opening day. The story and plot elements are such that it will take repeated viewings to soak in all of the nuances. This is "the thinking man's Godzilla film." My grade: A - .