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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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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An often repeated myth is that the production of this film and Seven Samurai (1954) nearly drove Toho into bankruptcy. This neglects to mention a third Toho film made that year, Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954). All three were the most expensive Japanese films made up until that point and big financial risks for Toho. However, there is little evidence to suggest that Toho was ever at risk for bankruptcy. The studio released a total of sixty-eight feature films that year, the most successful of which were Seven Samurai, Samurai I, and Godzilla respectively. See more »

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When the fire truck "crashes" (falls off the table), it has thick cables connected to its undercarriage. See more »

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News Reporter: O peace, O light, hasten back to us-- that's the prayer of peace being offered up nationwide today. We're broadcasting one such scene from Tokyo. Listen to these young girls as they sing from their hearts.
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A scene where the couple that appear on the cruise ship later talking about Gojira was omitted in the US version. See more »

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Referenced in Miscellaneous Myths: Io (2019) 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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A Gigantic Classic!
28 December 2005 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Along with the 1933-version of "King Kong", this original Japanese release of "Gojira" is THE most essential giant monster movie ever and one the very few horror movies that every film lover in general has to see at least once. Why? Because, it's so much more than just silly drive-in cinema with a cheap looking monster! This is dark and apocalyptic Sci-Fi with a nearly allegorical rant about nuclear warfare and the honest fear for new types of weaponry. But I really don't feel like going into the deeper meaning behind "Gojira", as it primarily is an adrenalin rushing and overpowering action classic that doesn't need intellectual defense at all. One of the many reasons why I love this film so much (and same goes for "King Kong") is that we don't have to wait a dreadfully long time and/or endure a large amount of tedious speeches before we see the monster we want to see! Godzilla makes his highly memorable first appearance after approximately 20 minutes (by stretching his neck over a cliff!) and, from then on, this is deliciously hectic and paranoid monster-madness! The little bugger is presumably the result of too much H-bomb radiation and lives in the depths of the ocean, near the island of Odo. But now he's heading for Tokyo with his unnameable strength, fiery breath and – oh yeah – insatiable appetite for destruction! Particularly this extended sequence in which Godzilla blasts his way through the Japanese capital, crushing buildings and setting monuments on fire, is very impressive and legendary. The actor-in-monster-costume works a lot better than any form of computer engineered effects and the carefully imitated Tokyo sets are truly enchanting. The absolute best aspect about this production is its powerful score, which makes Godzilla even more threatening. Great stuff!

This milestone simultaneously meant the go-ahead for an innumerable amount of quickly shot sequels ("Son of Gozilla", "Godzilla vs. Mothra"), spin-offs ("Godzilla VS. King Kong"), remakes ("Godzilla 1984", the hi-tech American version) and of course an overload of pathetic imitations ("Reptilicus", "Monster from a Prehistoric Planet"). I still have to see all the direct sequels but don't really know what to expect from them. I guess that even if they're only half as good as this original, I'll be very satisfied.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

7 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Godzilla See more »

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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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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