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Godzilla (1954)
"Gojira" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  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 <>

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7 May 2004 (USA)  »

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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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Haunting, eerie, monster classic.
24 May 2000 | by (Akron, Ohio) – See all my reviews

The original "Gojira" is one of the best. Unlike the American version with Raymond Burr, this one is very haunting, with the eerie images of destroyed Tokyo, and the music score is unbelievable. While the American version is good, this one is superior, with good acting, and the special effects were much better than then those that were to follow. The whole documentary feel is what really stays with you, and it is a powerful message against nuclear war that remains once the film is over, not the monster-destroys-city-people-destroy-monster idea. Far and away much better than the 1998 update, even with it's black and white photography and 50's era special effects. An absolute must-see, not only for monster fans, but for people who want to see the nuclear warning message from Japan's point of view. A true classic.

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