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Instrueret af Ishirô Honda
Japan, 1954
Drama, Rædsel, Sci-Fi


Godzilla is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies. It’s also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama made in Japan at a time when the country was still reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing.

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Godzilla Instrueret af Ishirô Honda
One of the saddest, most bluntly brutal monster movies ever made. The legacy of the war, of American occupation and the atom bomb, hangs over the whole film.
October 29, 2018
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The first surprise is that the original version, directed by Ishiro Honda, is not a kids’ movie, not a hectic teen goof, not a grindhouse shocker but a serious drama of politics, romance, and conscience… The two versions are offered together in Criterion’s DVD double set, and it’s a commonplace that, in the Hollywood version, from 1956, the movie’s cautionary doings… are drastically toned down, and its bitterness toward the United States for the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is elided.
April 18, 2014
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If you know the original “Godzilla” only by reputation, and Godzilla himself only as a camped-up cultural signifier in a rubber suit, then seeing this version may be a real eye-opener. While the acting is hit-and-miss and the story jumps around somewhat confusingly, Honda’s film is a one-of-a-kind experience all the way through, one that stands the test of time better than I had expected.
April 17, 2014
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  • El Biffo's rating of the film Godzilla

    The original! NOT the recent remakes looking to make quick cash by exploiting this unrepeatable, clever and humane film.

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Godzilla

    Surprised at how upfront the subtext of the film actually is! Honda's proto-blockbuster frames its monster-movie carnage against an ongoing discussion on the use of nuclear warfare to such a bold degree that it could almost be taken as a didactic cine-essay as opposed to a science-fiction fantasy. While smaller details of the narrative don't really hang together, the film offers a profound & deeply moral commentary.

  • Harry Rossi's rating of the film Godzilla

    The fact that I knew I was watching model trains and model cars and cities getting destroyed and yet was EXTREMELY affected by the film is an incredibly impressive feat. The specials effects were magical and the beast is glorious but the film's themes are powerful and very humane. I was shocked at how seriously this film took itself and loved it for it. Great stuff. Definitely going to rewatch this soon.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Godzilla

    1954 Japanese lanquage version (Gojira). Classic anti-nuclear monster film that started the series. Even with the terrible miniatures and awkward split screens this is a film that stands the test of time. Still exciting and still moving. Coming out just 9 years after Hiroshima and Nakasaki this was a film that for all its 'King Kong' trappings had an agenda as well. Miss those after school monster filicks.

  • gojira's rating of the film Godzilla

    It is extremely difficult to get most people to recognize that this film had some serious points to make about the use of nuclear weapons and their lasting effects. A well made film on a tight budget and tighter shooting schedule. Bay, McG and others should wish their films would have such an impact or spawn such a series of films.(Granted most are pretty terrible but some bring back some fond memories)

  • Christopher R. Smith's rating of the film Godzilla

    The original Japanese version of the iconic cult classic is a far more accomplished work than its many sequels. The moody black and white cinematography gives the special effects and almost surreal edge, and it manages a human story that deals with some fascinating dark themes. Easily the best of its genre.

  • Connor S.'s rating of the film Godzilla

    The king of monsters is born in this movie and delivers a powerful punch. while the movie is slightly campy in nature, its to be expected in giant monster movies so the acting is the best you can find without having an actual monster attack your city. the plot is entertaining but its anti-war message is not lost throughout the entire movie.

  • Christofi Cotonou's rating of the film Godzilla

    Anything with Takashi Shimura puts a beaming smile on my face. Watched on 35mm at Prince Charles Cinema in London's West-End, and the size of Godzilla, the drama and destruction were amplified! I was frequently unnerved by the terror; often touched by the anti-nuclear sentiment. It's rewatchable, too.

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