When American reporter Steve Martin investigates a series of mysterious disasters off the coast of Japan, he comes face to face with an ancient creature so powerful and so terrifying, it can reduce Tokyo to a smoldering graveyard. Nuclear weapon testing resurrected this relic from the Jurassic age, and now it's rampaging across Japan. At night, Godzilla wades through Tokyo leaving death and destruction in his wake, disappearing into Tokyo Bay when his rage subsides. Coventional weapons are useless against him; but renowned scientist Dr. Serizawa has discovered a weapon that could destroy all life in the bay -- including Godzilla. But which disaster is worse, Godzilla's fury, or the death of Tokyo Bay? Written by
Robert Lynch <email@example.com>
As Steve Martin watches the "Godzilla" ceremony being performed on Odo Island, the same shots of the ceremony are repeated several times. See more »
[on Serizawa's fears about using the Oxygen Destroyer]
You have your fear, which might become reality; and you have Godzilla, which IS reality.
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Many prints and videos have absolutely no credits, beyond the title at the start(with a clearly video-generated copyright notice below it) and a "The End" graphic at the close. As of 2006, Classic Media's release of the film in the Gojira/Godzilla: King of the Monsters on DVD has the restored English credits. See more »
Classic Americanization of the Original Toho Masterpiece
With the Japanese film industry making inroads in North American distribution it was only a matter of time before Gojira was purchased and reformatted to suit English speaking audiences. Joseph Levine and his partners hired Terry Morse to re-edit Gojira with new footage starring Raymond Burr. Approximately a half our of Gojira was trimmed to accommodate the extensive changes which watered down the anti-nuclear themes and personal relationships in favor of emphasizing the monster action. King of the Monsters is too important a film to dismiss as just one of the scores of similar movies playing to US drive-ins at the time. Like Gojira, it transcends it's flaws because of the sheer importance of what it was and would become. Without this English translation of Gojira it's unlikely Godzilla would have became the international pop culture sensation we know and love today.
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