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‘Godzilla vs. Kong’: Adam Wingard Says the Epic Battle Will Have a Definitive Winner

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‘Godzilla vs. Kong’: Adam Wingard Says the Epic Battle Will Have a Definitive Winner
Movies that pit two famous characters against each other tend to have a problem: No one truly wins or loses. “Aliens vs. Predator,” “Freddy vs. Jason,” “Batman v. Superman,” and their ilk all tend to result in draws, leaving viewers wondering what the point of it all was (other than to set up a sequel, of course). According to director Adam Wingard, “Godzilla vs. Kong” will be an exception to the rule.

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“I do want there to be a winner,” he tells Entertainment Weekly. “The original film was very fun, but you feel a little let down that the movie doesn’t take a definitive stance. People are still debating now who won in that original movie, you know. So, I do want people to walk away from this film feeling like, Okay, there is a winner.
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Shin Godzilla review – Japan's great monster rises from the deep once more

The gigantic sea creature returns to terrify humanity, destroy buildings and give the bureaucrats something to deliberate

The myth of Gojira or Godzilla is revived again in this watchable entertainment: the gigantic Japanese sea monster rises once more from the deep to terrify humanity and destroy whole cities.

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The Man Who Originally Played Godzilla, Haruo Nakajima, Has Passed Away

Haruo Nakajima, the man who originally played Godzilla from 1954's Godzilla to 1972's Godzilla vs. Gigan, has passed away. He was 88-years-old. This is the guy who slipped on the Godzilla suit and stomped around crushing buildings on giant sets and who fought other giant monsters. He played Godzilla over the course of 12 films over the course of 18 years.

I had the opportunity to meet him once at Monsterpalooza one year and attended a panel that revolved around his career. He was just the nicest man. According to Kotaku, Nakajima died yesterday afternoon after contracting pneumonia.

When talking about playing Godzilla, he revealed that he prepared for the role by studying elephants. In an interview with Japanese magazine Josei Seven (via The Tokyo Reporter) about his experience, he said:

“At that time, there was an elephant from India there called Indira and I observed how it walked. So Godzilla’s
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Original Godzilla Actor, Haruo Nakajima, Dies Aged 88

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He stomped over miniature bridges and buildings in a rubber suit and gave the world Godzilla, the fire-breathing, screeching monster that became Japan’s star cultural export and an enduring symbol of the pathos and destruction of the nuclear age. Haruo Nakajima, who portrayed Godzilla in the original 1954 classic, died Monday of pneumonia, his daughter Sonoe […]
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Haruo Nakajima, the Actor Who Played Godzilla For 18 Years, Dies at 88

Haruo Nakajima, the Actor Who Played Godzilla For 18 Years, Dies at 88
Haruo Nakajima, the first actor to play the role of Godzilla on the big screen, died Monday at age 88. The actor’s daughter, Sonoe Nakajima, confirmed the news and revealed her father died of pneumonia.

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Whether you knew his name or not, you would certainly recognize his most iconic role. Beginning with Ishirō Honda’s 1954 original “Godzilla,” Haruo Nakajima played the lizard monster in 12 films. He was only 25 years old when he first put on the costume, which reportedly weighed over 200 pounds. His last appearance as Godzilla was in 1972’s “Godzilla vs. Gigan.”

Nakajima was born in Yamagata, Japan in 1929. He began acting at 23 when he landed a part in Hiroshi Inagaki’s “Sword for Hire” in 1952. The same year he donned the Godzilla costume for the first time, he also
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Haruo Nakajima, the Original Godzilla Actor, Has Passed Away

For decades, he brought life to perhaps the most iconic creature in cinema, so it is with great sadness that we share the news of Haruo Nakajima's passing at the age of 88.

Haruo Nakajima's daughter Sonoe Nakajima told the Associated Press that her father passed away of pneumonia on Monday, August 7th.

An actor and stuntman, Nakajima first donned the rubber reptile suit in 1954's Godzilla, the first film in what would become an enduring franchise that is still going strong today. His movements in the suit helped humanize the monster on screen, even as he rampaged through the streets of Tokyo, toppling skyscrapers and taking on other creatures who threatened Earth. The monster the human characters at first feared eventually became their savior, and Nakajima played a huge part in building that empathy.

Nakajima last played Godzilla in 1972's Godzilla vs. Gigan, his twelfth film as the titular creature.
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Haruo Nakajima, actor who played the original Godzilla, dies aged 88

The Japanese actor wore the movie monster suit in 12 Godzilla films and appeared in Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai

Haruo Nakajima, the actor who first portrayed Japanese movie monster Godzilla, has died aged 88. His daughter Sonoe confirmed his death to the Associated Press, saying that Nakajima had died of pneumonia after being hospitalised last month.

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Original Godzilla Man-In-Suit Actor Haruo Nakajima Dies at 88

Original Godzilla Man-In-Suit Actor Haruo Nakajima Dies at 88
Fans of monster movies, and cinema in general, have to say goodbye to an absolute legend today. Haruo Nakajima, the actor who portrayed Godzilla in the suit in the original 1954 classic, has passed away at the age of 88. The exact cause of the actor's death has not yet been revealed.

As reported by Bloody Disgusting, Haruo Nakajima died at the age of 88 but leaves behind an absolutely tremendous and unforgettable legacy. Long before CGI could create just about anything one can dream up on screen, monsters were portrayed by actors in elaborate suits and the humans inside those suits had to bring them to life. Haruo Nakajima was tasked with bringing Godzilla to life for the first time in 1954 and thus created the most famous movie monster of all time. Even though he spent all of his time on screen in a costume, it is a performance that will never be forgotten.
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Haruo Nakajima, Original 'Godzilla' Actor, Dies at 88

Haruo Nakajima, Original 'Godzilla' Actor, Dies at 88
Haruo Nakajima, who wore the Godzilla suit for the first 12 movies in the beloved monster franchise, died Monday. He was 88.

The actor, known in Japan as "Mr. Godzilla," died of pneumonia, his daughter Sonoe Nakajima told the Associated Press on Tuesday.

Nakajima played the iconic monster and a reporter in Ichiro Honda's 1954 classic Godzilla, as well as appearing the same year as a bandit in Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, two of the best-known films in Japanese cinematic history.

A native of Yamagata in Japan's northeast, Nakajima went on to play monsters in other kaiju films, including Honda's...
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Godzilla Star Haruo Nakajima, Man in the Suit ... Dead at 88

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Godzilla will never be the same ... Haruo Nakajima, the man who brought the Japanese monster to life, has died. Nakajima wore the Godzilla bodysuit -- which was originally made out of cement -- for nearly 20 years of movies, starting in 1954. Dude had range though -- he also played Mothra and King Kong in the 60s. He started his career in samurai and World War II films before scoring the fire-breathing role in "Godzilla, King of the Monsters.
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Haruo Nakajima, the Man Inside the Godzilla Suit, Dies at 88

Haruo Nakajima, the Man Inside the Godzilla Suit, Dies at 88
Haruo Nakajima, an actor who gained fame for suiting up as Godzilla from the monster’s earliest days on screen, has died at age 88. Long before the age of CGI and motion-capture, he helped pioneer the look and feel of blockbuster moviemaking. After appearing in war and samurai films, including Eagle of the Pacific and Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, Nakajima was chosen to get inside the monster suit for 1954's Godzilla, which added the subtitle King of the Monsters for…
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Haruo Nakajima, Man Inside Godzilla Suit, Dies at 88

Haruo Nakajima, Man Inside Godzilla Suit, Dies at 88
The man behind the monster has died: Haruo Nakajima, who wore the Godzilla bodysuit for every “Godzilla” film from the original to 1972’s “Godzilla vs. Gigan,” has died at 88.

The International Business Times was among several media outlets reporting his death.

Nakajima’s career began in samurai and war films, notably “Seven Samurai” by Akira Kurosawa and “Eagle of the Pacific.” He landed the “Godzilla” role starting with 1954’s “Godzilla, King of the Monsters,” directed by Ishiro Honda.
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Haruo Nakajima dies by Jennie Kermode - 2017-08-07 21:01:57

Haruo Nakajima as Godzilla in the original 1954 film

Fans have been exchanging condolences today over the death of Haruo Nakajima, who has passed away at the age of 88. The Yamagata-born actor was one of Japan's biggest stars - literally, portraying Godzilla in 12 films and also playing several of the much-loved monster's kaiju friends and enemies.

Highly respected at Toho Studios, where he was regarded as one of the best in the business, he may rarely have shown his face onscreen but his acting inside a rubber suit made Godzilla much more than just a source of scares, giving him a personality that endeared him to millions around the globe. In later life, the actor discovered the convention circuit, where he won many fans of his own, always providing great entertainment. He also published an autobiography, Monster Life: Haruo Nakajima, The Original Godzilla Actor.

Nakajima also acted in more conventional roles,
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Newswire: R.I.P. Haruo Nakajima, the original man in the Godzilla suit

Haruo Nakajima, the Japanese actor who originated the role of Godzilla by stomping around in a hot, heavy suit long before the introduction of CGI, has died. Horror site Bloody-Disgusting reports the news, as does the UK-based International Business Times. He was 88.

Born in 1929, Nakajima was a stuntman and contract player at Toho Studios who performed in bit parts in Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai (1954) and Ishiro Honda’s Eagle Of The Pacific (1953) before stepping into the title character’s gigantic shoes for Godzilla in 1954. In a video interview for Great Big Story earlier this year, Nakajima says he based the character’s movement on gorillas and elephants he observed at the zoo on his lunch breaks, and explains that, as rubber was scarce in postwar Japan, the original Godzilla suit was actually made of mixed concrete and weighed more than 100 kg.

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Rest in Peace: Haruo Nakajima, the Original Godzilla Actor, Passes Away

Sad news as it’s been announced that Haruo Nakajima, the man who wore the Godzilla outfit for 12 straight films, has passed away at at 88. Nakajima was an actor for 20 years, from the early 50’s through the early… Continue Reading →

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R.I.P. Original ‘Godzilla’ Suit Actor Haruo Nakajima

R.I.P. Original ‘Godzilla’ Suit Actor Haruo Nakajima
Before CGI came along and allowed for Godzilla to be brought to the screen in recent films like Gareth EdwardsGodzilla and Toho’s Shin Godzilla, actors in costumes were tasked with bringing the massive monster to life. And nobody is more synonymous with the iconic character than Haruo Nakajima, an icon in his own right. Today […]
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Original 'Godzilla' Screening With Live Orchestra to Lead Tokyo Film Fest Anniversary

Original 'Godzilla' Screening With Live Orchestra to Lead Tokyo Film Fest Anniversary
Tokyo International Film Festival will screen the original 1954 Godzilla, directed by Ishiro Honda, as one of the special events to celebrate the event's 30th edition.

The screening of the digitally remastered edition Oct. 31 will be accompanied by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Kaoru Wada, a student of Akira Ifukube, who scored the original soundtrack.

A talk show event before the screening at the Tokyo International Forum will feature Haruo Nakajima, the actor who wore the Godzilla suit for 12 films between 1954 and 1975, Shogo Tomiyama, who produced 12 of the iconic monster movies between 1989 and...
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Meet The Man Who Played the Original Godzilla: Haruo Nakajima

Back before there was CGI or guys like Andy Serkis who could play every single monster you ever needed to perfection, whenever beasts appeared on camera, they were usually men wearing suits. Such men have achieved cult level statuses of fame because of these roles. If there’s one man we have to pay our respects to, it’s Haruo Nakajima, the man who donned the costume of the original giant electrical lizard, Godzilla. The original Godzilla dates all the way back to 1954 and was a humongous hit. Nakajima’s life would never be the same again. Now, 88, a documentary called

Meet The Man Who Played the Original Godzilla: Haruo Nakajima
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Great Job, Internet!: Meet the man who played Godzilla

Despite the widely held belief that every movie monster is either played by Doug Jones in makeup or Andy Serkis in a ping-pong-ball-covered bodysuit, there are actually a number of actors that have graced the silver screen in elaborate costumes and achieved a sort of anonymous fame thanks to their iconic roles. One such actor is Haruo Nakajima, the man who first wreaked havoc on a miniature Tokyo dressed as the monstrous, ocean-dwelling lizard Godzilla.

Recently, the mini-documentary makers at Great Big Story sat down with Nakajima and got to the bottom of how he got into that suit. The 88-year-old actor’s career began soon after World War II, when he became a stunt man for samurai films such as Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. But it wasn’t until he performed stunts for the WWII film Eagle Of The Pacific that Nakajima caught the eye of future Godzilla
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