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Godzilla to wreak havoc on Tokyo once more

A 6.6 meter replica Godzilla at Tokyo Midtown on July 17, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. Getty
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The original Godzilla is set to stomp through Tokyo again, the creature’s first return to home turf in more than a decade.

Since the giant lizard first tore through Japan’s capital in 1954, there have been dozens of home-made follow-ups and a few efforts from Hollywood, including Warner Bros’ $US160 million ($A173.11 million) incarnation this year.

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But the King of Monsters – originally a man in a latex suit – has not been sighted on Japanese shores since 2004, leaving its legions of fans crying out for more fire-breathing destruction, film studio Toho Co. said on Monday.

“Receiving earnest requests from Godzilla fans for its revival, we will start production of a brand-new Godzilla, which will hit screens in 2016,” Toho said in a statement.

Toho released “Gojira” – a Japanese portmanteau of “gorilla” and “kujira” (whale) – directed by Ishiro Honda, in November 1954, a few months after Akira Kurosawa’s classic Seven Samurai.

The monster movie was a mega-hit, drawing 9.6 million viewers in the days before television sets were commonplace in Japanese households.

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