Godzilla: The Japanese Original Movie

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Who's Involved:

Ishirô Honda, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi, Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Fuyuki Murakami, Kokuten Kodo, Takeo Murata, Sachio Sakai, Kin Sugai, Tadashi Okabe, Takeo Oikawa, Miki Hayashi, Toranosuke Ogawa, Toyoaki Suzuki, Ren Yamamoto, Seijiro Onda

Release Date:

Friday, April 27, 1956 (New York)
Friday, April 18, 2014 (New York)


Runtime: N/A
Language: English

Plot: What's the story about?

A 400-foot monster reptile with radioactive breath is revived, thanks to nuclear testing. It goes on a mad rampage, destroying Tokyo - how will they kill it?

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Key Facts

  1. Godzilla was originally released here in 1956 as Godzilla: King of the Monsters, an atrociously cut, dubbed and re-edited version that inserted American actor Raymond Burr into the action; only an hour was used of the original's 98 minute running time. Burr does not appear in the original, uncut version, which has an all-Japanese cast including Kurosawa regular Takashi Shimura, who the very same year appeared as leader of the Seven Samurai.

    As directed by IshirĂ´ Honda, with special effects by the legendary Eiji Tsuburaya, Godzilla: The Japanese Original is much darker in tone than the dumbed-down U.S. release version, which entirely eliminated the original's underlying theme: in the Japanese version, the monster is clearly a metaphor for the nuclear menace and the film itself a cry for world peace and disarmament. The American version also cut out all of the original's astonishing Strangelove-like black humor.
  2. A new restoration of Godzilla: The Japanese Original, the monster classic that has spawned six decades of sequels, imitations, and remakes, will debut April 12 at the fifth TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, followed by a national release beginning at New York's Film Forum, April 18-24.

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  1. December 1969: The film was in Completed status.

Godzilla: The Japanese Original Release Date: When was the film released?

Godzilla: The Japanese Original was released in 1956 on Friday, April 27, 1956 (in 1 theater .

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