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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 Kyohei yemani, his daughter Emiko and a young navy frogman Hideto Ogata (who also happens to be Emiko's lover even though she is betrothed to Doctor Daisuke Serizawa)soon discover something more devastating than imagined in the form of a 164 foot 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?
The legend begins....
Release Date: April 27, 1956
Runtime: 98 mins
All Genres: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Buried.com Rating: 8.3 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With G
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Akira Takarada ...Hideto Ogata
Momoko Kochi ...Emiko yamane
Akihiko Hirata ...Daisuke Serizawa-hakase
Takashi Shimura ...Kyohei yamane-hakase
Fuyuki Murakami ...Professor Tanabe
Sachio Sakai ...Newspaper Reporter Hagiwara
Toranosuke Ogawa ...Nankai Shipping Company Manager
Ren yamamoto ...Masaji the Fisherman
Miki Hayashi ...Chairman of Diet Committee
Takeo Oikawa ...Chief of Emergency Headquarters
Seijiro Onda ...Parliamentarian Oyama
Tsuruko Mano ...Shinkichi's Mother
Toyoaki Suzuki ...Shinkichi (Masaji's younger Brother)
Kokuten Kodo ...The Old Fisherman
Kin Sugai ...Ozawa-san
Tadashi Okabe ...Reporter Killed on Tower
Ren Imaizumi ...Radio Operator
Junpei Natsuki ...Power Substation Engineer
Katsumi Tezuka ...Gojira / Hagiwara's Editor
Haruo Nakajima ...Gojira / Power Station Worker
yasuhisa Tsutsumi ...
Jiro Suzuki ...
Saburo Iketani ...News Reporter
Shizuko Higashi ...Partygoer
Kiyoshi Kamata ...Partygoer's Escort
Kenji Sahara ...young Lover on the sound
Keiji Sakakida ...Mayor Inada
Tamae Sengo ...Mother
Ryosaku Takasugi ...
Ishiro Honda ...Power Station Worker (The Hand that Throws the...
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- The legend begins....
- The original, uncut Japanese version--never before released in the US! (2004 Rialto USA release)
- AWESOME!--and then some!
- It's Alive!
- spewing flames that scorch the earth!
- Incredible, unstoppable titan of terror!
- Mightiest monster! Mightiest melodrama of them all!
- Civilization crumbles as its death rays blast a city of 6 million from the face of the earth!
- A monster of mass destruction!
- Dr. Serizawa: 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? Dr. Serizawa: 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 all! As a scientist - no, as a human being - I can't allow that to happen! Am I right? Hideto Ogata: Then what do we do about the horror before us now? Should we just let it happen? If anyone can save us now, Serizawa, you're the only one! If... you use the device to defeat Godzilla, unless you reveal what you have done, who will know about it? Dr. Serizawa: Ogata, humans are weak animals. Even if I burn my notes, the secret will still be in my head. Until I die, how can I be sure I won't be forced by someone to make the device again?
[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.
- The idea for Gojira (aka Godzilla) was spawned after producer Tomoyuki Tanaka was forced to cancel a planned Japan-Indonesia co-production called Eiko kage-ni (Behind the Glory). The story was inspired by a real-life nuclear accident in which a Japanese fishing boat ventured too close to an American nuclear test and was contaminated.
Special Effects artist Eiji Tsuburaya originally wanted Godzilla to be a giant octopus. He would later get his wish of having one though in the movies "King Kong vs Godzilla", a deleted scene in "Baragon vs Frankenstein", and "War of the Gargantuas", where the octopus would meet his end. It was even given the name Oodako. The octopus also made an appearance in the TV series "Ultra Q", and was up for consideration to be a monster Godzilla vanquishes for the most recent Godzilla film, "Godzilla: Final Wars".
Eiji Tsuburaya, the film's special effects director, originally envisioned Godzilla (Gojira) as a giant octopus before settling for a more dinosaur-like creature.
The name Gojira is a combination of the Japanese words for gorilla (gorira) and whale (kujira). The monster was so named because his original design was that of a gorilla-whale monster, which is recounted by people who worked on the film. 'Shigeru Kayama' (who was hired by Tanaka to write the original story) recounted in a book of memoirs he published in Japan, that Tanaka told him the creature would be a sea monster that was "a cross between a whale and a gorilla". After producer Tanaka saw the American monster film The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953), he got the idea to turn Godzilla into a dinosaur monster. Despite the physical change the name of the monster was kept. There has always been a legend that Godzilla was named after a hulking man nicknamed Gorilla-Whale who worked at Tôhô, but this is untrue. Not only is there no evidence of this man even existing, but the various stories about him kept changing through the years (he worked as a stagehand, he worked as a PR man, etc.). According to Kimi Honda, wife of Ishirô Honda, the Gorilla-Whale man was just an inside joke between her husband and various others on the Tôhô lot - specifically producer Tanaka.
The first made Godzilla suit weighed around 200 pounds, making it rather difficult for the performer (Haruo Nakajima) to move around in.
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