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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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Budget:

JPY 100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$10,903 (USA) (18 April 2014)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Since no film like this had ever been made in Japan, they had never attempted a suit like the one needed for Godzilla. Much of the attention on the first version was on visual design. They had neglected to consider the requirements of the performer inside. Some of the poured latex was very inflexible. This factor in the 6 1/2- foot tall and over 200-pound suit made it almost impossible to move. A new suit had to be constructed that would be somewhat lighter and more flexible at the appropriate points. See more »

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Chief of Emergency Headquarters: This is quite a problem, professor. If this keeps up, we'll have to suspend the international shipping routes. Have you found a way? Is there something we can do to defeat it?
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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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