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


Ishirô Honda
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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


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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It would have been the third most expensive Japanese movie at the time of its release, behind Seven Samurai (1954) and Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954). All three of these films were produced by Toho. It should be noted that the starting budget of Godzilla was greater than that of the samurai films, but those would go extremely over-budget. See more »


The buildings attacked by Godzilla in the model shots, from the way they "slide" on their bases and explode upwards in one whole piece, do not appear to have any foundations (or, indeed, to be fixed to the ground in any way at all). See more »


Daisuke Serizawa-hakase: If my device can serve a good purpose, I would announce it to everyone in the world! But in its current form, it's just a weapon of horrible destruction. Please understand, Ogata!
Hideto Ogata: I understand. But if we don't use your device against Godzilla, what are we going to do?
Daisuke Serizawa-hakase: Ogata, if the Oxygen Destroyer is used even once, politicians from around the world will see it. Of course, they'll want to use it as a weapon. Bombs versus bombs, missiles versus missiles, and now a new superweapon to throw upon us...
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Alternate Versions

A scene where the couple that appear on the cruise ship later talking about Gojira was omitted in the US version. See more »


Referenced in Gogola (1966) See more »


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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Release Date:

7 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Godzilla See more »

Filming Locations:

Toba, Mie, Japan See more »


Box Office


$175,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,030, 9 May 2004

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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