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Gojira (1956)

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Critic Consensus: More than straight monster-movie fare, Gojira offers potent, sobering postwar commentary.

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(1954) When a Japanese steamer sinks in flames after the sea seems to erupt, survivors talk of a legendary monster...Godzilla! The picture that started it all, returning to the big screen uncut and uncensored in a dazzling 60th anniversary restoration.

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Cast

Takashi Shimura
as Dr. Kyohei Yamane
Momoko Kochi
as Emiko Yamane
Akira Takarada
as Naval Salvage Officer Hideto Ogata
Akihiko Hirata
as Dr. Daisuke Serizawa
Fuyuki Murakami
as Dr. Tabata
Sachio Sakai
as Reporter Hagiwara
Toranosuke Ogawa
as President of Nankai Shipping Company
Takeo Oikawa
as Chief of Emergency Headquarters
Miki Hayashi
as Chairman of Diet Committee
Seijiro Onda
as Mr. Oyama/Member of Parliament
Toyoaki Suzuki
as Shinkichi
Kokuten Kodo
as Gisaku--Oto Island Patriarch
Frank Iwanaga
as Security Officer Tomo Iwanaga
Kin Sugai
as Miss Ozawa/Member of Parliament
Tadashi Okabe
as Reporter Killed in Tower
Ren Imaizumi
as Radio Operator
Junpei Natsuki
as Power Substation Engineer
Kenji Sahara
as Man aboard Ship
Katsumi Tezuka
as Godzilla/Hagiwara's Editor
Haruo Nakajima
as Godzilla/Newspaperman
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Critic Reviews for Gojira

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (24)

It's a terse, lean terror with a big, swinging tail.

Full Review… | May 8, 2014
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 18, 2014
Salon.com
Top Critic

Clever storytelling manages to confront tragedy from any number of angles, and sometimes swinging at it from the side can be the most affecting.

Full Review… | April 16, 2014
Village Voice
Top Critic

Honda's satire is cutting, with several characters resigned to living with the threat of constant cataclysm.

Full Review… | April 15, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

Seen afresh in this cut, with Honda's pulp poetry restored, this ballad of destruction reveals itself as one of the most exciting, enjoyable and moving of them all.

Full Review… | October 13, 2005
Time Out
Top Critic

Honda may not have created the most convincing-looking monster in cinema history, but he managed to give his sci-fi/horror movie a social relevance, particularly in postwar Japan.

August 20, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Gojira

½

The original Japanese classic before it was re-edited for the American audience is this fun catastrophe movie that offers a smart commentary on nuclear tests in a postwar era, showing a Tokyo devastated by a monster born as a consequence of the destructive actions of man.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

With a score that will leaving you cheering, miniatures that will literally make your heart race into believing it is real, "Gojira" (Godzilla) is terrific for it's time. As the myth of Godzilla comes to life and they realize it is more than just a belief, the people of Japan must work together and discover a way to destroy Godzilla once and for all, as he tears down and burns every inch of Japan. The script of this film seems obvious to a fault, but the action makes up for every flaw or laughable edit. I can't complain much about this film, because back in 1954 there was only so much available budget-wise to make this a great film, and for it's time, it is a brilliant film. I loved every minute of this film, but it just needs a little more work on it's thinly written screenplay. "Gojira" (Godzilla) is a fantastic piece of classic cinematic history.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

½

There ain't nothing like watching a guy in a rubber suit squashing cardboard buildings. But as silly as its special effects may be in 2014, Gojira is a timeless masterwork. The 650 foot monster is never portrayed as purely evil. Because it evolved out of misguided nuclear testing, the creature becomes a complex metaphor for the anxieties that plagued Japan in the wake of the H-bomb and World War 2. The film captures this in dark and honest fashion.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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