November 1st, 2020


Review of the original Gojira (1954)



Starring: Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi, Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura
DIR: Ishirô Honda

Da Blurb: "The theme of the film, from the beginning, was the terror of the Bomb. Mankind had created the bomb, and now nature was going to take revenge on mankind." - Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka

My Blurb: So... Gojira. As you know, if you've read my Godzilla, King of the Monsters review, the original Godzilla is quite a bit darker than its Americanized version. There will be more details that were... blurred... for the earlier American audience, but some scenes will read -almost- the same. Obviously there will be overlap going forward. I've made it a point of avoiding repeating screen caps and I'll try to also avoid commenting where I've commented before, unless there is some sort of difference that caught my eye from our first spin. But, when it comes to The Good, The Bad & Other Thoughts, it'll be impossible not to repeat many of my observations from that previous review.

Hopefully, you'll be able to give this one a read, anyway... on with the show.

Scene 00: First things first: The title screen is very dramatic, with a pounding set of footsteps booming from the player. Over this, the distinctive roar of the King of the Monsters.

We get a simple scroll of the production credits, no music, just Gojira's roaring echoing under the simple white text on empty black background. Only after we're through the producers, director and story credit do we get the marvelous Godzilla theme music come in. Now, alas, our credits are front loaded which is always a bit annoying. But I give it slack, because the esteemed Akira Ifukube's work shines.

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