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Godzilla (1954)

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Godzilla (1954)

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Reproduction of the Godzilla movie poster, a 1954 science fiction film directed by Ishirô Honda. The original 1954 film was titled Gojira, a portmanteau of the Japanese words for "gorilla" (Gorira) and "whale" (Kujira).

Instead of Ishiro Honda’s 1954 original, an edited version was dubbed for the U.S. market, with additional footage featuring Raymond Burr as an American reporter in Tokyo. This version was released in the U.S. in 1956 as Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, and it became a big hit, opening the floodgates for other Japanese films starring various kaijū (giant monsters).

Godzilla represents powerful forces, from the natural to the man-made, that humans struggle to control or understand.

In the 1954 film, the only effective weapon against Godzilla is the Oxygen Destroyer, itself so fearsome (it transforms living creatures into lifeless skeletons in seconds) that Dr. Serizawa, its creator, finally burns his research papers and ends his own life.

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