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Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 7 May 2004 (USA)
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American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Akira Takarada ... Hideto Ogata
... Emiko Yamane
... Daisuke Serizawa-hakase
... Kyohei Yamane-hakase
Fuyuki Murakami ... Professor Tanabe
Sachio Sakai ... Newspaper Reporter Hagiwara
... President of Company
Ren Yamamoto ... Masaji Sieji
Hiroshi Hayashi ... Chairman of Diet Committee
Seijirô Onda ... Parliamentarian Oyama
Tsuruko Mano ... Mrs. Sieji
Takeo Oikawa ... Chief of Emergency Headquarters
Toyoaki Suzuki ... Shinkichi Sieji
... The Old Fisherman (as Kuninori Kôdô)
Tadashi Okabe ... Prof. Tanabe's Assistant
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Japan is thrown into a panic after several ships explode and are sunk. At first, the authorities think its either underwater mines or underwater volcanic activity. The authorities soon head to Odo Island, close to where several of the ships were sunk. One night, something comes onshore and destroys several houses and kills several people. A later expedition to the island led by paleontologist Professor Kyôhei Yamane, his daughter Emiko, and young navy frogman Hideto Ogata (who also happens to be Emiko's lover, even though she is betrothed to Dr. Daisuke Serizawa) soon discover something more devastating than imagined in the form of a 164-foot-tall (50-meter-tall) monster whom the natives call Gojira. Now, the monster begins a rampage that threatens to destroy not only Japan but the rest of the world as well. Can the monster be destroyed before it is too late, and what role will the mysterious Serizawa play in the battle? Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$175,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,030, 9 May 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,423,423

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,673,423
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Haruo Nakajima could walk about thirty feet in the original costume, which weighed over 200 pounds (91 kilograms). Later costumes were a little lighter but all of the costumes were very heavy. It was also very hot inside the costume. All of the costumes after the first one were easy to work with, as they were made to fit Nakajima, whereas the one that had been built for Godzilla had not been made for his body size. See more »

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When the woman witnessing Godzilla destroying is holding on to her three children, she says they will be joining her husband soon. She is referring to her husband who was killed in WWII. The youngest child is still a baby while the eldest is 6 years old. The war ended in 1945 so they would all have to be at least nine years old or older if their father died in WWII. See more »

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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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Featured in Godzilla and Other Movie Monsters (1998) See more »

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The first and original Godzilla.
10 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

This one started it all: the first and original Godzilla (Gojira) movie, and also serves as the beginning to a long line of sci-fi and monster (kaiju in Japan) movies from Toho Studios. We have a story where Japan is thrown into a panic after several ships explode and sink. An expedition of law enforcement officials and lead scientist Dr. Yamane (Takeshi Shimura) head to nearby Odo Island to investigate. There, a legendary mythical creature called Gojira, alleged to be responsible for the ship disasters, make his first appearance and begins a rampage on hapless Tokyo, threatening all of mankind.

This dramatic film with its thrills and horror has all the monster movie elements: a fire-breathing creature, toppling buildings, wall of flames, fleeing and screaming citizens, storms and seas, tanks and the army and frantic scientists and government officials - trying to figure out how to defeat the horror they see before them.

The love triangle between the character leads blends in very well with the monster plot. Godzilla, making his first attack on Tokyo, created haunting scenes of death and destruction and poignant moments of dismalness in the aftermath of his wake. Director Ishiro Honda did his finest and composer Akira Ifukube scored one of his best film music masterpieces. A compelling story by Shigeru Kayama, marvelous screenplay by Takeo Murata and superb special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. Actors Takeshi Shimura, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi and Akihiko Hirata gave outstanding performances. And, Haruo Nakajima, Katsumi Tezuka and Ryosaku Takasugi did a terrific and realistic job on portraying Godzilla.

It is clever that the grave consequences of atomic bomb testings are depicted in this film, which sends a vital message to the real world. This is a creative way to explain Godzilla's origins.

Every element in this movie are throughly connected, leaving no room for loose ends and plot holes. While the plot's pace is steady, all the on-scream drama and action will grab the audience's attention.

Above all, this film is not just a "monster-on-the-loose" movie. It's a true classic, one that stands out above many sci-fi movies in cinema history. A great movie to begin a long and successful (in most cases) line of Godzilla and other monster/sci-fi films from Toho Studios.

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