Rio de Janeiro and more: the landscapes destroyed by Godzilla and King Kong

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No duo in the history of cinema is as noisy as Godzilla and King Kong, fierce and rival creatures who, at the moment, make peace with the premiere of Godzilla and Kong: The New Empire, in which they decide to destroy beautiful landscapes and historical landmarks for a greater good: the preservation of humanity, threatened by an executioner who wants to destroy both little people and the monsters that give the film its title. Indifferent to realism, the adventure features dozens of destroyed buildings, and considerably increases the list of locations attacked by the pair. Check out some of the most important locations spread throughout the characters’ history:

Osaka Castle
Film: Godzilla Strikes Back (1955)

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Osaka Castle has remained standing in Japan since construction began in 1583 (Reproduction/Getty Images)

Created in 1954 by Shigeru Kayama and Ishirō Honda as a result of the anxiety and trauma left by the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the monster Godzilla first terrorized Japanese lands before becoming the friendliest figure in current American releases. In its first sequence, Godzilla Strikes Backthe titan uses the structure of Osaka Castle — built in the 16th century — to defeat his rival Anguirus, transforming the monument into ruins.

Headquarters of the United Nations
Film: The Awakening of the Monsters (1968)

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The United Nations Headquarters in New York (Reproduction/Getty Images)

On his first visit to New York, Godzilla denied tour guides and paid little attention to the Statue of Liberty. Instead of typical visitor attractions, the monster opted for a unique tour: a walk through the waters of the Hudson River, with sporadic attacks on neighboring buildings. Thus, he aimed his atomic ray at the UN Headquarters and destroyed the pavilion, stage for the most important world leaders.

Brooklyn Bridge
Film: Godzilla (1998)

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Along with the Empire State and the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of New York's main postcards
Along with the Empire State and the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of New York’s main postcards (Reproduction/Getty Images)

More familiar with the city, the monster returned to New York 30 years later in the American reboot Godzilla, directed by Roland Emmerich. Agile, this version of the creature even chases a group of motorized scientists and journalists towards the Brooklyn Bridge, a landscape that is a postcard of the American city. With its feet planted in both ways of the passage, the monster destroys the famous arches and wires that distinguish it, and ends up immobilized by the rubble.

Pyramids of Giza
Film: Godzilla and Kong: The New Empire (2024)

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After thousands of years of existence, the Egyptian pyramids are attacked in fiction in 'Godzilla and Kong'
After thousands of years of existence, the Egyptian pyramids are attacked in fiction in ‘Godzilla and Kong’ (Reproduction/Getty Images)

Disaffected, King Kong and Godzilla clash in a territorial dispute in The New Empire, fighting for possession of the Cairo desert. Catastrophe specialists, the two fight around one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Pyramids of Giza, and cause considerable damage to the monuments. After the tragic fight, they make peace to fight the villain Skar King, who wants to establish a new Ice Age.

Rio de Janeiro
Film: Godzilla and Kong: The New Empire (2024)

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Hundreds of Rio buildings are destroyed in the duo's new film, but Christ the Redeemer remains intact
Hundreds of Rio buildings are destroyed in the duo’s new film, but Christ the Redeemer remains intact (Reproduction/Getty Images)

This Ice Age begins in Rio de Janeiro, which is the target of a freezing ray. The tropical landscape, to the sound of Bossa Nova, is first covered in snow and then trampled by the two protagonists in their battle against the monster responsible for what happened. Once the war is won, the giants can rest, but the surviving Cariocas must deal with the destroyed landscape and the climatic consequences — Christ the Redeemer, however, is spared in the film (phew!).

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