Original Australian Daybill movie poster. Godzilla 1985 is a Japanese-American science fiction kaiju film co-directed by R.J. Kizer and Koji Hashimoto. The film is a heavily re-edited American adaptation of the Japanese film The Return of Godzilla produced by Toho in 1984. In addition to the film being re-cut, re-titled, and dubbed in English, Godzilla 1985 included a small American production, produced by New World Pictures, featuring new footage shot exclusively for the film's North American release. The Japanese version was directed by Koji Hashimoto, with special effects by Teruyoshi Nakano and starred Ken Tanaka, Yasuko Sawaguchi, and Yosuke Natsuki while the New World version's footage was directed by R. J. Kizer, written by Tony Randel and Lisa Tomei, and featured Raymond Burr reprising his role as Steve Martin. Godzilla 1985 serves as a sequel to Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, the 1956 Americanization of the original film which also starred Raymond Burr.