Japan 2021

Godzilla

Gojira

The original and greatest monster movie features a long-dormant beast roused to life by the atom bomb.

Image from Godzilla

© 1954 Toho Co Ltd. All rights reserved

Japan 1954
Dir Ishirô Honda
With Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Momoko Kôchi, Akira Takarada
96min
Digital
English subtitles
Certificate PG

In Japanese cinema’s first foray into big-budget science fiction, Ishirô Honda unleashed the definitive monster movie with his tale of a long-dormant beast roused by the atom bomb. The film would spawn countless sequels and become a fixture of popular culture, but Honda’s original stands proud as both a thrilling entertainment and a fierce critique of the atomic age.