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Godzilla (1954)
"Gojira" (original title)

 -  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 ...
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Fuyuki Murakami ...
Professor Tanabe
Sachio Sakai ...
Newspaper Reporter Hagiwara
Toranosuke Ogawa ...
Nankai Shipping Company Manager
Ren Yamamoto ...
Masaji Sieji
Hiroshi Hayashi ...
Chairman of Diet Committee
Takeo Oikawa ...
Chief of Emergency Headquarters
Seijirô Onda ...
Parliamentarian Oyama
Tsuruko Mano ...
Mrs. Sieji
Toyoaki Suzuki ...
Shinkichi Sieji
Kokuten Kôdô ...
The Old Fisherman
Kin Sugai ...
Ozawa-san
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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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The original, uncut Japanese version--never before released in the US! (2004 Rialto USA release) See more »


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JPY 100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$412,520 (USA) (17 December 2004)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Originally when Gojira (Godzilla) makes his first appearance, there was supposed to be a bloody cow in his mouth. After reviewing the test shots, Masao Tamai, the cinematographer, felt it was far too graphic and convinced director Ishirô Honda to re-film the sequence without the cow. See more »

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The first and original Godzilla.
10 July 2004 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

This one started it all: the first and original Godzilla (Gojira) movie, and also serves as the beginning to a long line of sci-fi and monster (kaiju in Japan) movies from Toho Studios.

This dramatic film with its thrills and horror has all the monster movie elements here: a fire-breathing creature, toppling buildings, wall of flames, fleeing and screaming citizens, storms and seas, tanks and the army and frantic scientists and government officials - trying to figure out how to defeat the horror they see before them.

The love triangle between the character leads blends in very well with the monster plot. Godzilla, making his first attack on Tokyo, created haunting scenes of death and destruction and poignant moments of dismalness in the aftermath of his wake. Director Ishiro Honda did his finest and Composer Akira Ifukube scored one of his best film music masterpieces. A compelling story by Shigeru Kayama, marvelous screenplay by Takeo Murata and superb special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. Actors Takeshi Shimura, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi and Akihiko Hirata gave outstanding performances. And, Haruo Nakajima, Katsumi Tezuka and Ryosaku Takasugi did a terrific and realistic job on portraying Godzilla.

It is clever that the grave consequences of atomic bomb testings are depicted in this film, which sends a message to the real world. This is a creative way to explain Godzilla's origins.

Every element in this movie are throughly connected, leaving no room for loose ends and plot holes. While the plot and pace are steady, all the on-scream drama and action will grab the audience's attention.

Above all, this film is not just a "monster-on-the-loose" movie. It's a true classic, one that stands out above many sci-fi movies in cinema history. A great movie to begin a long and successful (in most cases) line of Godzilla and other monster/sci-fi films from Toho Studios.

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