Dir. Ishirô Honda | Japan | 1954 | 98mins | (PG) | b/w Subtitles
Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi, Akihito Hirata, Takashi Shimura, Fuyuki Murakami




Made in 1954, Godzilla is one of the great films of sci-fi master Ishirô Honda and in Japan is regarded as one of the great classics of cinema. Godzilla was made in the shadow of the newly developed hydrogen bomb, successfully exploded by the US in late 1952, and by the Soviets a few months later. With its images of panic and mass destruction (including spectacular nightly attacks on Tokyo) and its references to nuclear contamination, black rain, bomb shelters and the incineration of Nagasaki, Godzilla struck a chord of terror with Japanese audiences traumatised by recent history and still living with the fear of radiation poisoning. Sixty years on British audiences have the chance to experience a landmark in sci-fi history and a film that still retains its power to disturb.



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