American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.

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Ishirô Honda
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Takarada Akira Takarada ... Hideto Ogata
Momoko Kôchi ... Emiko Yamane
Akihiko Hirata ... Dr. Daisuke Serizawa
Takashi Shimura ... Dr. Kyohei Yamane
Fuyuki Murakami Fuyuki Murakami ... Professor Tanabe
Sachio Sakai Sachio Sakai ... Newspaper Reporter Hagiwara
Toranosuke Ogawa ... Nankai Ferry President
Ren Yamamoto Ren Yamamoto ... Masaji Yamada
Hiroshi Hayashi Hiroshi Hayashi ... Chairman of Diet Committee
Seijirô Onda ... Parliamentarian Oyama
Tsuruko Mano Tsuruko Mano ... Kuni Yamada
Takeo Oikawa Takeo Oikawa ... Chief of Emergency Headquarters
Toyoaki Suzuki Toyoaki Suzuki ... Shinkichi Yamada
Kokuten Kôdô ... The Old Fisherman (as Kuninori Kôdô)
Tadashi Okabe Tadashi Okabe ... Prof. Tanabe's Assistant
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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

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The original, uncut Japanese version--never before released in the US! (2004 Rialto USA release) See more »


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There were two main suit actors that are credited for Godzilla's performance, Katsumi Tezuka and Haruo Nakajima. According to Nakajima, Tezuka wasn't able to handle the rigors of the suit so the majority of the scenes in the film are his. Nakajima often characterized Tezuka as his assistant and several behind the scenes photos from latter films seem to support this. Tezuka would never respond to these claims as he disappeared after the 1960s, his exact whereabouts unknown. See more »

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You can see the wires leading from the planes as they attack Gojira. See more »

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[last lines]
Kyohei Yamane-hakase: 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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Alternate Versions

The scene where Emiko is in Ogata's apartment as he is exiting his shower was deleted from the American version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) See more »

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Prayer for Peace
Performed by the Toho High School of Music
Lyrics by Shigeru Kayama
Composed by Akira Ifukube
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The Greatest Movie Monster Of All
6 August 2019 | by caseyt-48511See all my reviews

The original Japanese version of Godzilla is a breathtaking classic. A giant monster is awaken by the over abundance of nuclear radiation and goes on a rampage across Japan. What follows is an unforgettable experience that stands as the greatest giant monster film of all time, if one does not count King Kong that is.

Japan was best fit to make a film about the effects of nuclear radiation since they had experience the atomic bomb first hand nearly a decade earlier. It was a powerful statement for the time. I really wish more people would give this movie a chance and realize how smart it is.

Besides the powerful message, the film is best known for its pioneering special effects. Yes, by today's standards, the suits and miniatures are pretty archaic. But they still look great over sixty years later. The destruction that Godzilla causes is both exciting and horrifying. Few monster movies have the emotion and smarts that this one has. Of course, their is the monster himself. What a sight. The design has changed greatly over the years but this one is the most iconic of course. The menacing eyes, roar and towering size make him a sight to behold. I highly recommend checking out the behind the scenes features that talk about the making of the famous suit, it's really interesting.

Then there's the most underrated part of the movie, the cast. Most Godzilla fans will recognize Akira Takarada as the lead. He's very good here and would continue to Star in the series for many years. The biggest name here is Takashi Shimura. He's of course best known for appearing in several Akira Kurosawa classics such as Seven Samurai and Ikiru.

Godzilla gets a bad rep because of some mediocre to atrocious sequels with some gems here and there. But the original stands above them like a atomic breath breathing monster. Godzilla is essential cinema that can be enjoyed for many different reasons.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

7 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Toba, Mie, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$175,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,030, 9 May 2004

Gross USA:

$562,711

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$562,711
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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