Godzilla (Gojira) (1954)

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Japan is thrown into a panic after several ships explode and are sunk. At first the authorities think its either underwater mines or underwater volcanic activity. The authorities soon head to Odo Island, close to where several of the ships were sunk. One night, something comes onshore and destroys several houses and kills several people. A later expedition to the island led by paleontologist Professor Kyohei Yemani, his daughter Emiko and a young navy frogman Hideto Ogata soon discover something more devastating than imagined in the form of a 150 foot tall monster whom the natives call Gojira. Now the monster begins a rampage that threatens to destroy not only Japan, but the rest of the world as well. Can the monster be destroyed before it is too late and what role will the mysterious Serizawa play in the battle?


  • Akira Takarada
  • Momoko Kôchi
  • Akihiko Hirata
  • Takashi Shimura
  • Fuyuki Murakami
  • Sachio Sakai
  • Toranosuke Ogawa
  • Ren Yamamoto
  • Hiroshi Hayashi
  • Seijirô Onda

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Not that Honda's original Godzilla is a message movie first and foremost. It's a horror flick, and an ingenious one at that, with visual effects so vivid that gimmicky spin-offs became an enduring staple of popular film.

Metacritic review by David Sterritt
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

A definitive, low-tech stomping of every sci-fi clone that has sprung up in the original's wake.

Metacritic review by Janice Page
Janice Page
Boston Globe

The monster's mashing of Tokyo looks as Ed Wood-like as ever, but the film's humanity gives it depth.

Metacritic review by Jack Mathews
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News