It takes more than a smart premise to make a movie, but “What to Do with the Dead Kaiju?” has a good one. Satoshi Miki’s creature feature picks up where most of its predecessors end: After rampaging through the capital, a colossal kaijū (monster) has abruptly died, leaving the authorities to figure out how to mop up the mess.
At a buck-passing Cabinet meeting, it quickly becomes clear that the politicians leading the nation through this time of crisis may not be up to snuff. They assemble a group of eminences to pick a name for the deceased beast, and christen it “Hope.” When the carcass starts belching noxious fumes, they choose to refer to the effluent as “the smell of ginkgo.”
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