Godzilla (1954)
"Gojira" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  7 May 2004 (USA)
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American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Takarada ...
Momoko Kôchi ...
Akihiko Hirata ...
Fuyuki Murakami ...
Sachio Sakai ...
Toranosuke Ogawa ...
President of Company
Ren Yamamoto ...
Hiroshi Hayashi ...
Chairman of Diet Committee
Seijirô Onda ...
Tsuruko Mano ...
Takeo Oikawa ...
Chief of Emergency Headquarters
Toyoaki Suzuki ...
Kokuten Kôdô ...
The Old Fisherman (as Kuninori Kôdô)
Tadashi Okabe ...
Prof. Tanabe's Assistant


A 164-foot-tall (50-meter-tall) monster reptile with radioactive breath is revived, thanks to nuclear testing. It goes on a mad rampage, destroying Tokyo - can it be stopped? Should it be killed? Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Release Date:

7 May 2004 (USA)  »

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Box Office


JPY 100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$38,030 (USA) (7 May 2004)


$10,903 (USA) (18 April 2014)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of the original Godzilla designs was a monster with a head shaped like a mushroom, intended to recall images of mushroom clouds. A sketch of this design can be seen on the special edition "Gojira: The Original Japanese Masterpiece" DVD, and on the 2009 Godzilla (1954) Blu-Ray release. See more »


When the Yemane's arrive on Odo Island, Emiko is wearing a skirt and Doctor Yemane is wearing a suit and a tie. However, a few minutes later Emiko is wearing slacks and Doctor Yemane's tie is gone. See more »


[last lines]
Kyohei Yamane-hakase: I can't believe that Godzilla was the only surviving member of its species... But if we continue conducting nuclear tests, it's possible that another Godzilla might appear somewhere in the world again.
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Why in God's Green Earth Isn't This Version Shown More?
28 October 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Finally, I had the pleasure of finally seeing the original Japanese version of this classic and I have to say that it is much better than the "Raymond Burr" version. This film pretty much makes one think about what we are doing to mother Earth with all the pollution and war going on. Perhaps the thing that made this film great was that not only did it have great effects, but it also had a great story that made a great social commentary on what could have happened if the arms race continued to go unchecked. Besides the story about Gojira, you also had a pretty decent love story. Akihiko Hirata, does a good job of playing Serizawa, who is really the tragic figure in this film who must decide whether or not to use his weapon, which potentially was more dangerous than the monster itself. This film is definitely one of the all time classics and fortunately the original version will be released on DVD in September 2006.

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