When seventeen vessels blow-up and sink nearby Odo Island, Professor Kyohei Yamane, his daughter Emiko Yamane and the marine Hideto Ogata head to the island to investigate. Soon they witness a giant monster called Gojira by the locals destroying the spot. Meanwhile Emiko meets her boyfriend, the secluded scientist Serizawa, and he makes she promise to keep a secret about his research with oxygen. She agrees and he discloses the lethal weapon Oxygen Destroyer that he had developed. When Gojira threatens Tokyo and other Japanese cities and the army and the navy are incapable to stop the monster, Emiko discloses Serizawa's secret to her lover Ogata. Now they want to convince Serizawa to use the Oxygen Destroyer to stop Gojira.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When the first fact-finding crew helicopters out to Odo Island, they get out in a Sikorsky H-19. But when the storm hits, the cheap toy helicopter that's destroyed is a Sikorsky H-34. See more »
I can't believe that Godzilla was the only surviving member of its species... But if we continue conducting nuclear tests, it's possible that another Godzilla might appear somewhere in the world again.
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Another version of Gojira was released in 1977 in Italy. Supervised by Luigi Cozzi, it used a crude colorization process, in which colored gels were pasted over general areas of the frames; at the time, the only other method of colorizing a film was to hand paint every frame as if making an animated film, which was impossible in the time frame Cozzi was given. Additional footage was added from other movies and war reels to pad out the American version's 80 minute run time. The crude colorizing and badly matching extra footage was added due to Italian theaters refusing to screen a black-and-white movie that was less than 90 minutes (Cozzi could only get rights to the shorter American version, so could not reintroduce the cut scenes from the Japanese version.) See more »
Why in God's Green Earth Isn't This Version Shown More?
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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