It’s been six years since the last American screening of a Japanese Godzilla film – that being 2016’s Hideaki Anno-directed masterpiece Shin Godzilla – but Fathom Events is seeking to change that this November.

Source: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002), Toho

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Taking place on the same day the titular beast made his original debut in Japan, November 3rd Godzilla Day is an annual celebration of all things King of the Monsters.

This year, Fathom Events is set to ring in Godzilla’s big day by bringing Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla to American theaters for the first time.

First release in Japan in 2002 during the Millennium Era of Godzilla films, Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla ignores all other previous installments to the Godzilla franchise and instead acts a direct sequel to the 1954 original.

Source: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002), Toho

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Set 45 years after Godzilla’s original attack, the film sees Japan under constant attack from evermore members of Godzilla’s species.

In order to protect themselves, the Japanese Defense Force creates Mechagodzilla, a bio-mechanical copy of Godzilla built using the bones of the original that was slain all those decades ago.

Source: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002), Toho

In the pilot seat of a unit nicknamed Kiryu is Akane Yashiro, a disgraced pilot who in her first fight with Godzilla caused the deaths of many of her fellow soldiers.

Now, she must not only battle against the new and returning Godzilla threats, but also the restless spirit of the original that lies within the core of her machine.

Source: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002), Toho

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Luckily for fans, this screening is sure to satisfy even the most casual of kaiju fans, as Fathom Events has a solid track record in bringing projects like this to big screens all over the United States.

Just this year alone, in the wake of Harmony Gold and Big West’s coming to an agreement allow both Macross and Robotech to co-exist, Fathom Events helped bring both Macross Plus Movie Edition and Macross Frontier: The Wings of Farewell to American theaters.

Source: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002), Toho

Not only that, but they’ve screened a number of film classics in honor of their respective anniversaries, including GI Joe: The Movie, Smokey And the Bandit, The Thing and Dr. No

Further, they still have a number of additional events to offer throughout the rest of the year, including the recent exciting announcement that they will be offering the first American screening of the last Neon Genesis Evangelion movie, 3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon A Time this December.

Source: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002), Toho

Needless to say, if you’ve never had a chance to see a Godzilla movie in theaters outside of the surprisingly good Legendary films or – God forbid – Roland Emmerich’s 1998 attempt to make an American take on the franchise, I urge you to keep your November 3rd open for this one-night-only event.

If you’re interested in checking it out, you can head over to Fathom Events’ official website to see if your theater is getting it.

Source: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002), Toho

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