in about 100 words or less
Japan 96m, B&W
Director: Ishiro Honda; Cast: Akira Takarada, Momoko Kōchi, Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura, Haruo Nakajima
As a serious science fiction/horror film, Gojira delivered a strong anti-nuclear message. Unfortunately this message was all but lost in the North American version entitled: Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956) which was produced from Gojira, cut by approximately 40 minutes, badly dubbed, and finally re-edited to include more North American friendly scenes which were re-shot featuring Raymond Burr. Setting the atrocious American version aside, Gojira is a dark and menacing film which inspired numerous sequels and a number of remakes that have become part of global popular culture. Despite the film’s less than stellar dialogue and questionable production values, which include the “man-in-the-monster-suit” special effects, Godzilla remains one of Japan’s most recognizable cultural icons, and his roar – the most startling monster sound ever recorded (Klaus Ming January 2011).