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Godzilla, King of the Monsters! -- When the ocean's surface begins to boil white-hot and a Japanese freighter vanishes into the Pacific, the superstitious villagers of Odo Island fear an ancient legend has come true--the legend of Godzilla!  Steve Martin, an American reporter in Tokyo, finds himself trapped in the behemoth's path of destruction.
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! -- A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks T�ky�.
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! -- A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks T�ky�.


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Release Date:
27 April 1956 (USA) See more »
Makes KING KONG look like a Midget! See more »
A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Raymond Burr ... Steve Martin

Takashi Shimura ... Dr. Yamane
Momoko Kôchi ... Emiko (as Momoko Kochi)
Akira Takarada ... Ogata
Akihiko Hirata ... Dr. Serizawa
Sachio Sakai ... Hagiwara
Fuyuki Murakami ... Dr. Tabata
Ren Yamamoto ... Seiji
Toyoaki Suzuki ... Shinkichi
Tadashi Okabe ... Dr. Tabata's Assistant
Toranosuke Ogawa ... President of Company
Frank Iwanaga ... Security Officer Tomo Iwanaga
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mikel Conrad ... George Lawrence (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Unidentified Character (voice) (uncredited)
Hiroshi Hayashi ... (uncredited)

James Hong ... Ogata / Serizawa (voice) (uncredited)
Ren Imaizumi ... Radio Operator (uncredited)
Kokuten Kôdô ... Old Man on Hill on Oto Island (uncredited)
Tsuruko Mano ... The Boy's Mother [Bit] (uncredited)
Lee Miller ... Man in Line at Airport (uncredited)

Haruo Nakajima ... Godzilla (uncredited)
Takeo Oikawa ... Chief of Emergency Headquarters (uncredited)
Kenji Sahara ... Man on Boat (uncredited)
Kin Sugai ... (uncredited)
Ryosaku Takasugi ... Godzilla (uncredited)
Katsumi Tezuka ... Godzilla (uncredited)
Sammee Tong ... Dr. Yamane (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Ishirô Honda  (as Ishiro Honda)
Terry O. Morse  (as Terry Morse)
Writing credits
Takeo Murata (screen play) &
Ishirô Honda (screen play) (as Ishiro Honda)

Shigeru Kayama (original story)

Al C. Ward  english version

Produced by
Tomoyuki Tanaka .... producer: Japanese material
Original Music by
Akira Ifukube 
Cinematography by
Masao Tamai 
Film Editing by
Terry O. Morse (supervising editor) (as Terry Morse)
Production Design by
Satoru Chûko 
Art Direction by
Satoru Chûko  (as Satoru Chuko)
Takeo Kita 
Set Decoration by
George Rohr 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ira Webb .... assistant director
Sound Department
Hisashi Shimonaga .... sound
Arthur B. Smith .... sound (as Art Smith)
Special Effects by
Kuichirô Kishida .... special photographic effects (as Kuichiro Kishida)
Hiroshi Mukoyama .... special photographic effects
Eiji Tsuburaya .... special photographic effects
Akira Watanabe .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Roe .... cinematographer: American footage
Editorial Department
Terry Morse Jr. .... assistant editor (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Godzilla" - USA (informal title)
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80 min (original U.S. theatrical release version) | USA:78 min (television version) | USA:69 min (television) (re-issue)
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Did You Know?

The working title for the American version before the "King of Monsters" was added was "Godzilla, the Sea Monster".See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Emiko is talking to Steve Martin in the hospital, her blouse is one plaid when seen from the front (scenes of the original actress in the Japanese version), but a different one when seen from behind (an American stand-in added for the American version).See more »
Dr. Kyohei Yamane:They are so wrong. Godzilla should not be destroyed, he should be studied.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Leprechaun 2 (1994)See more »


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Tokyo Burning, 6 March 2010
Author: sol1218 from brooklyn NY

**SPOILERS** An obvious Japanese version of "The Beast of 20,000 Fathoms" the movie "Godzilla" quickly overshadowed its predecessor and has become one of he most popular monster movies of all times. With it having at least a dozen sequels over the last 55 years after it's initial release in 1954.

"Godzilla, King of the Monsters" is the Americanized version of the movie that has Raymond Burr as American reporter Steve Martin. As he film begins we see Martin recounting what he just lived through after Godzilla demolished the city of Tokyo leaving thousands of dead and wounded, like himself, in his wake. Just days before Martin landed in Tokyo on a stopover to his trip to Cairo Egypt never suspecting that he'll be reporting the biggest story of the 20th century.

It was during that time that a number of Japanese fishing boats and their crews were incinerated by rays of deadly radiation coming from the ocean floor. Together with his good friend Japan's top paleontologist the eminent Dr. Kyohei Yamane, Takashi Ahimura, Martin and a boatload of Japanese newsmen including Dr. Yamane's 22 year-old daughter Emiko, Momok Kochi, traveled to the out of the way Ito Island where one of the few surviving fishermen, of the radiation attacks, came from. It's on Oto Island where it's been reported by the local natives that a gigantic prehistoric monster has suddenly made an unexpected, after some 2 million years, and unwanted public appearance!

I didn't take long for the monster-Godzilla-to show his, or its, face proving beyond a doubt that he's in fact real not some made up legend by the Ito islanders. He later also does a number on the island leaving most of it in ruins! Out of the water and on to dry land Godzilla then attacks, under the cover of night, the bustling Japanese city of Tokyo which we soon find out was just a probing action on his part. Godzilla was testing out the city's defenses to find a weak spot for his later and far more devastating attack 24 hours, again under the cover of darkness, later. With nothing to stop it Godzilla turns the city of Tokyo into a hell on earth causing more damage to it then even the great fire bombings of Tokyo in March 1945 by Gen. LaMay's fleet of B-29 bombers.

***MAJOR SPOILERS*** Steve Martin who had witnessed the destruction of the city from his hotel window ended up buried under the rubble barely surviving the carnage. Martin is later responsible in getting the ball rolling in Godzilla's destruction through Emiko's hand picked, by her and his parents, future husband top Japanese scientist Dr. Daiskuke "Eyepatch" Serizawa. It was Dr. Serizawa who was Martin's good friend and collage classmate, despite a ten year age difference, who knew about his underwater experiments that in the end lead to Godzilla's demise. It was the romantic triangle between Dr. Serizawa and Emiko's new love Japanese Japanese Navy sailor Ogata, Akira Takerada, whom she met and fell in love with on her and Steve Martins trip to Oto Island that was the reason the he in the end used his secret oxygen destroyer capsule, that he swore Emiko to secrecy, to do in the raging prehistoric beast. A life long pacifist Dr. Serizawa now with his love Emiko leaving him for Ogata felt that the only thing in life left for him to do is do in Godzilla before he destroys the Japanese Islands and the tens of millions of people living on them.

***MAJOR MAJOR SPOILER*** In the ultimate act of self sacrifice Dr. Serizawa in keeping the secret of the deadly oxygen destroyer from the world at large and out of the hands of any nation, like the US & USSR, who'll use it for military purposes takes that secret to his watery grave together with Godzilla whom it ends up destroying!

P.S One thing about the movie "Godzilla" that really stands out is the first class, very rare in a monster film, acting by those in it. The love triangle between Emiko Ogata and Dr. Serizawa was so well done and heart-fully convincing that it in fact overshadowed the main theme in the movie; A 400 foot prehistoric monster on the loose in a major 20th century metropolis: Tokyo Japan. It's that Academy Award caliber acting that raised the film heads and shoulders above the many 1950's monster film, in the US and abroad, that it competed with at the time!

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