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The original, uncut Japanese giant monster movie classic, directed by Ishiro Honda. After several small fishing boats have been sunk out at sea, and with survivors telling stories of a gigantic monster beneath the waves, Godzilla finally surfaces. Mutated by American atom weapons tests in the Pacific, Godzilla proceeds to lay waste to Tokyo and Japan. Will top scientist Professor Yemani (Shimura Takashi) and his daughter Emiko (Momoko Kochi) be able to stop the monstrous creature before his rampage destroys the world?

Starring:
Momoko Kochi, Akira Takarada
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  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes
Starring Momoko Kochi, Akira Takarada, Akihiko Hirata
Director Ishiro Honda
Genres Science Fiction
Studio BFI VIDEO
Rental release 13 February 2006
Main languages Japanese
Subtitles English

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Format: DVD
The first, ever Godzilla movie - in it's unaltered and uncut Japanese version - remains one of the lost movie masterpieces of the 20th Century, tragically overlooked in favour of it's kiddie-friendly but inferior sequels, not to mention the terrible Hanna-Barbera cartoon TV series and the stupid a** 1998 remake (as described by Kyle in the SOUTH PARK [1997-????] episode, 'Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls').

Dark, serious and sombre, this movie was a message for peace and no more nuclear weapons. This was made nine years after the atomic horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. While it's true the special effects in this film are a bit dated, it's anti-nuclear message isn't.

The scenes where Godzilla rampages through Tokyo and the effect it has on the humans is powerful, something that has never been equalled in any other 'kaiju eiga' throughout the last 50 years (with the exception of GAMERA 3: THE REVENGE OF IRIS [1999]), the black & white cinematography gives the film a very documentary feel to it, there are some fine acting from the cast (including Takashi Shimura, best known for appearing in the many classics of Akira Kurosawa), while the musical score is memorable.

Now that the first Godzilla movie has finally been released in it's uncut Japanese version, I really do hope people will finally see the horror of Godzilla, as it was originally intended to be.
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Format: Blu-ray
As you've probably gathered most of the reviews are for the 'DVD' version of the 1954 Japanese cult original of “Gojira" (or "Godzilla" as it has become known). And the original is available on BLU RAY in the States TWICE. But which issue to buy?

Unfortunately the uber-desirable USA Criterion release is REGION-A LOCKED although it doesn't say so on Amazon.
So it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK BLU RAY players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't).
Don’t confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front – that won’t help.

Luckily the other USA issue on Classic Media is REGION FREE – so that will play on UK machines.

Check you’re purchasing the right version before you buy the pricey Criterion release...
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Being interested in Japan, Japanese culture, Japanese as a language and so forth, I felt that I was doing myself a disservice by having not watched perhaps the most famous Japanese film of all time.

In short, it was a fantastic film!

No, the special effects haven't aged well, and the black and white nature of the film may be off-putting to some. But the core of it has aged remarkably well. The acting is strong (I watch a lot of Japanese movies and the acting in Godzilla is well above average), and the film is suitably shocking in terms of presentation and plotline.

In short the film is anti-nuclear, which makes it interesting to view in the context of the time it was made, only a few years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed by the atomic bomb. I understand that the original English-language version cut out most of the anti-nuclear message, but this version keeps it strongly. It's a great and culturally significant storyline that makes Godzilla far more than the simple monster story that most believe it to be.

In terms of this specific DVD, there isn't really anything can fault it on. The picture quality was great and it upscaled very well into HD.

It was a great film and is highly recommended!
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Format: DVD
In the 1950's movies about monsters and aliens were filling up the B movies slots at the cinemas. Forget the singing cowboy; it was the era of radioactive mutant consequences and nefarious plots from outer space. Heavily favoured as date movies, these kept the young people packing the cinemas and drive ins, as scenes guaranteed to provide an opportunity for girls to want to bury their heads on your shoulder in likely feigned dismay.

Hollywood at this point in time did not have the stranglehold on modern cinema it has today, and foreign productions that were dubbed if not originally in English were not that uncommon, especially in this genre. One such studio that did this was the legendary Toho Film Ltd. Interestingly enough, Toho began its life managing a large percentage of Tokyo's kabuki theatres before branching out into film making in the 1930's, before hitting gold with American audiences with their successful monster movies in the 1950's. Often poorly imitated, they became famed for their monster and special effect films, before branching out into anime with Studio Ghibi as well as superhero TV series and contributions to other production company's films, including Sam Raimi's "A Simple Plan".

No matter hw far they have branched out from their origins, ask a member of the public to name a Japanese movie from the '50's, and the odds are greatly stacked that one of their "Big 5" monster characters will feature in the film mentioned. Whether it be recalling Rodan, Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah, or Mechagodzilla., it is certain that the works of Toho have embedded themselves in modern pop culture and into the common conciousness.

~~~The Plot~~~

Originally titled Gojira, this film is set in contempory to itself times, so circa 1954.
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