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Gojira(1956)

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  • The Sound Heard Around the World

    • Max Purificato
    • 6/25/18

    The film that started the Godzilla franchise; Gojira (the original Japanese cut) is hands down not just one of the greatest Kaiju films ever made, but one of the greatest films period.Every detail about this film is dedicated to making it as realistic as possible. Though the special effects have aged, the acting is still amazing, the characters are iconic and the choice of shots only help to show the world the horrors that Japan had to endure less than 10 years earlier. The dark tone of the film helps it to stand out from other films due to the fact that as the story progresses, the characters' situation grows even more grim ultimately leading to them being forced to used a necessary evil to defeat the monster, with an ending that leaves none of the characters satisfied, but the audience speechless.The title character himself represents the atomic bomb in every way possible; from his footsteps that sound like bombs being dropped to the fact that no matter how far the people of Tokyo run, they cannot escape his destructive power.Ultimately, Gojira is a timeless metaphor for the horrors of the nuclear bomb that will last forever and will never be topped in the science fiction genre.

  • Godzilla's Friend

    • Stephen
    • 2/13/18

    This was the first time Haruo Nakajima played Godzilla.

  • Gojira

    • Stephen
    • 2/6/18

    Gojira is a great film in every way, it has a good story, good acting, good writing and good sets. It would be great to have a marathon of Godzilla movies on TCM some day.

  • Wrong information

    • David Hall
    • 1/3/18

    Godzilla, or Gojira was not a 1956 release but was released in Japan in 1954. Thew 1956 release was Godzilla King of Monsters, an Ameerican re-edit od Gojira with Raymond Burr. Goira, the '54 Japanese version was a much better, darker and far more serious film than the Americanized version in '56. The '56 version removed a great deal of the anti-nuclear dialogue that was prominent in the Japanese version. I have only seen one showing of an English dub version of Gojira, with all others being the original Japanese with English subtitles. Either one be a great watch. If you ever get the chance watch the Japanese Gohira and the American Godzilla King of Monsters back to back. If you love Godzilla or just have never seen the Japanese version you owe it to yourself to see this film.

  • People Go Go for Gojira

    • ELTito
    • 3/23/17

    This is a great movie. Even the Ray Burr version is good and stands up to time. In my opinion this first one is the best of the entire series. No little kids running around bonding with the monsters, which worked only in Gorgo (but that's another story). This original version in Japanese is quite dark. Quite a metaphor for the A-bomb, and the unstoppable American war machine that obliterated Tokyo and Japan.

  • Questions answered

    • DVav
    • 6/14/12

    Until you see the real Godzilla (Gojira), you have no idea how seriously the Japanese were about the destructive power of the A bomb and its effects upon their society. The film is not disjointed like the American version, and you will understand the movie much better when you see the film the way it was made. I really enjoyed the classic even though I had to read the subtitles.

  • Come On Folks!

    • R
    • 6/13/12

    This is a 5 star movie if there ever was one.

  • History of Gojira (Godzilla)

    • rc
    • 4/16/12

    This is the monster movie that started the Monster movie craze in Japan. This guy was featured in 28 films in Japan, as the title monster and appeared in one us film a few years ago that starred Matthew Broaderick. He also appeared in at least one other film in toho products, that being: It's Always Sunny on Sunset Street #2, and only at the beginning of the film, which fades to a writer with writer's block. He is in countless other movies in one form or another ranging from a sound effect in "Inspector Gadget" to dolls shown outside a building in: "Independence Day, and Mars Attacks" Along with countless other appearances in many other films. In spite of the fact that there are older monsters, "King Kong, Mighty Joe Young, Kronos (robot that was as big as Godzilla), The Giant Behemoth, etc and even quite a few that came afterward, when someone mentions monster movie it is usually Godzilla. OBTW, there are new ones on the drawing board now.

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