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Japan is thrown into a panic after several ships explode and are sunk near Odo Island. An expedition to the island led by paleontologist Professor Kyohei Yemani 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.
Following my love affair with Pacific Rim and after the news of the upcoming Godzilla reboot, I knew that sooner or later I would be walking into Barnes and Noble to pick up that b-e-a-utiful Godzilla Criterion BluRay.
And my prophecy came true.
Even when opening up the criterion and seeing the popup of the big Godzilla head unfolding in front of me, I was smiling. Reading the booklet I was smiling. At the menu I was smiling. I was never not smiling watching this massive reptile stomp around Tokyo. Even saying the name "Godzilla" gets my blood pumping faster and my imagination kicked into top gear.
I'm 150 feet tall. I am virtually indestructible. I'm strong. I can…
Of all the metaphors for nuclear holocaust, Godzilla was perhaps the most unlikely and indeed one of the more memorable in cinematic history. Developed by the now iconic Toho Studios in Japan, Ishiro Honda's legendary introduction to the titular 'monster' spawned an enormous franchise of creature features that have since spanned decades, and look in no danger of abating in their various forms. Honda's film may of course be dated sixty years on when it comes to effects but it remains a striking and effective piece of work in many places, a towering B-movie shot like a black & white film noir and touching on several universal themes that give the piece a level of depth missing from many other movies…
I'm a newcomer to the original Godzilla flick and seeing it on the big screen for my first time was the perfect experience for such an amazing film.
Seriously can't wait to see what Gareth Edwards brings to the remake next week.
***Long Live the King - G-Marathon 2014, Film 1/30***
Few films could claim to have the legacy that Godzilla has. 60 years and almost 30 sequels and remakes later, and the big guy is still going strong. You'd be hard pressed to find someone who hasn't at least heard of Godzilla, even if they've never seen a single one of his movies. With all that history and pop culture penetration it would be easy to loose sight of something important, before he fought epic battles, before he saved the world from aliens, before he came to America, Godzilla was featured in one of the greatest films ever made.
It started with a simple idea, a few men wanted to make…
What really impressed me was how good some of this still looks. When you go this far back into science fiction film it usually takes a bit of historical appreciation to get past the special effects. But with Godzilla, thanks to the lighting crew and the cinematographer, there are large portions which succeed in making the atomic creature feel like a real threat.
There are also some great quotes in the movie (or in the translation at least) like "Godzilla was baptized in the fires fires of the H-Bomb and survived. What could kill it now?" The fear of atomic weapons plays much more on the surface of the story than I expected, which helps develop the theme of nuclear fear. Great movie, if you get a chance to see it before the new one comes out definitely don't hesitate!
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Godzilla features an interesting concept that symbolises the catastrophic destruction of nuclear warfare the Japanese in World War 2 and also the developmental rise of nuclear weapons, which was highly relevant during the time of this film's release. If it wasn't for these themes then I probably would have dismissed this film and would have no consideration of coming back to this. I admire the film's attempt to instil human drama but it was executed in such an underwhelming way that I failed to care for any of the characters aside from Kyohei, who serves as the film's moral centre. Godzilla also featured some cringe-worthy acting that took me…
Godzilla might be a fairly cheesy monster movie (make that quite cheesy monster movie), but its rather powerful ideas elevate it above the level of most of camp or genre, rendering it a surprisingly good film. Coming only a decade after World War II ended in Japan with the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two of the most traumatic events the world saw in the 20th century, Godzilla seeks to explain some of this trauma and capture the strength of Japan in spite of high adversity. This often takes the form of what looks to be propaganda, as we see Japanese soldiers, ships, and weapons marching majestically across the screen on their way to nobly fight the sea monster. It…
I've been a fan of Godzilla for most of my life, but never got around to watching the Japanese original until this past Saturday. It goes without saying it's probably the best film in the long series, which isn't really a knock at some of the other enjoyable ones, just that I think it's legitimately a great film. Godzilla's attack on Tokyo and the surprisingly emotional aftermath was just as iconic as I always imagined from the clips I've seen over the years (and from what I remember of the American version I saw as a kid). The anti-nuke message the film carries made the attack a bit more somber than the whole "destroying cities because seeing giant monsters fight is cool" thing the series became famous for in later movies. Also, I always forget Takashi Shimura was in a lot of these.
Trying to rewatch every Godzilla film (and see the ones I've never watched before) in the lead-up to Godzilla: Resurgence.
The older this film gets, the more it becomes a wee time capsule of immediate post-war Japan and the genesis of Kaiju cinema.
It's still entertaining, but the effects have aged and HD makes all the little glaring details and mistakes that much more prominent - you can't help but laugh at some miniature shots, that now look like nothing more than toy boats floating in a bath.
The message of the film is extremely serious and still worth heeding 62 years later - not much has changed since 1954, unfortunately. It's incredible that such an overtly pacifist film was…
The classic monster movie! Can't wait for Resurgence in 2016!
As fresh as it was 60 years ago.
Gojira is a 1954 kaiju (giant monster) film produced by Toho studios. Originally released in Japanese with English subtitles, the film was re-released in America in 1956 with English dubbing and additional scenes under the title Godzilla, King of the Monsters!. Directed by Ishirō Honda and starring Momoko Kōchi, Akihiko Hirata and Takashi Shimura, the film follows the rampage of a giant radioactive lizard through the city of Tokyo. The film spawned a whopping 27 sequels spanning a 50 year period and remains one of the most iconic characters in Japanese culture.
The film opens (as many Godzilla films do) with a small fishing boat being attacked whilst out at sea. After another ship is sunk, mainland authorities and scientists…
I've seen this movie before, but this time I watched it with my four-year-old and nine-year-old boys. They REALLY wanted to watch it, despite my explanations that it doesn't have much action until the end. They stuck with it pretty well, but I wish I had kept a running log of their questions. They had a long debate as to whether the monster's breath was ice or fire. They are concerned that the monster might just be a baby and that the parent's are going to be VERY big. They are concerned that he is interrupting Tokyo's internet service by knocking down all the telephone lines.
I'm telling you, it's a completely different movie!
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First, a note on terminology. In the interest of maximum clarity, I will be referring to this movie as Gojira and the monster as Godzilla.
My experience with kaiju films is minimal, and mostly just general cultural knowledge. I drunkenly watched Godzilla Final Wars with some friends, I've seen Pacific Rim a couple of times, and I went to see Godzilla(2014) in theaters. Past that, my kaiju experience is hearing 'wacky' movie titles like "Godzilla vs Mothra", and watching Super Sentai. So that's where I'm coming from as I get to my thoughts on the originator of the genre,…
Monster movies existed before Godzilla, yet the 1954 film delivered something less campy and more human to the genre than had been created before. Marrying Japanese grief and fractured international relations following the dropping of the H-bomb at the climax of WWII with some of the most epic thrills a monster movie had at the time delivered, Godzilla was clearly the highest watermark of the genre to date.
Inexplicably, the film was released internationally in a bastardised version removing all that was interesting about the original cut, focusing more on the carnage created by a man in a rubber suit. In Honda's original version, you never notice the dated special…
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