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Genres: Foreign, Sci-fi / Fantasy, Horror, Cult / Classic Horror, Creature Features, Japanese Cinema, 50s, Criterion Collection

Cast: Takashi Shimura, Akira Takarada, Raymond Burr

Director: Ishiro Honda, Terry O. Morse

Synopsis: Ishiro Honda's 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. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population's fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning more than twenty sequels and spinoffs. This first thrilling, tactile spectacle continues to be a cult phenomenon; here, we present the original, 1954 Japanese version, along with Godzilla: King of the Monsters!, the 1956 American reworking starring Raymond Burr (Rear Window).

Language: Japanese

Country of Origin: Japan

Production Year: 1954


  • "Godzilla remains one of the most otent mythic structures of the '50s.", Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
  • "Magnificent and absurd...The great movie monster of the post-World War II era.", J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

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