Great social commentary about Japan's fears about total destruction - just take away the A-bomb and replace it with a monster. It has some memorable aftermath imagery that still deliver a punch and is excellent edited. The film is great but it feels copied to death even decades later - making the story a little too slow and predictable today. It is still a classic of it's kind though.
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.
The original 1954 Japanese film is an all-time classic both as a monster movie and an anti-war film speaking out against the very real horror of man's blind lust for bigger and deadlier weapons of mass destruction, presented to us from the perspective of a people who experienced the reality of such horrors less than a decade earlier.