Godzilla: The Japanese Original

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Japan | 1954 | 96 Minutes | Ishirô Honda

May 2 - 8, 2014

Uncut, uncensored, and undubbed, the original “Monster of Mass Destruction” returns to the big screen like you’ve never seen him before, fully restored with 40 minutes of unseen footage and completely revised subtitles.

On a sunny day and calm waters, a Japanese steamer sinks in flames when the sea erupts; a salvage vessel sent to the rescue disappears the same way; exhausted, incoherent survivors babble of a monster. Could it be...?

The biggest budgeted film in Japanese history at that time (and costing nearly twice as much as the same studio’s The Seven Samurai), Godzilla: The Japanese Original is one of the great films by a sci-fi master, Ishiro Honda, Akira Kurosawa’s close friend and occasional second unit director. It was also an enormous hit that spawned 50 years of sequels, countless rip-offs, and a new genre: the kaiju eiga, or Japanese monster movie.

When originally released in the U.S., the film was trimmed of over 40 minutes of footage (and added spliced-in scenes with Raymond Burr), horribly dubbed, and found its strong anti-H-Bomb message censored. But now Godzilla: The Japanese Original is back, and as thrilling as ever!

Godzilla®, Gojira and the character design are trademarks of Toho Co., Ltd. ©1954 Toho Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

  • Director: Ishirô Honda
  • Principal Cast: Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada
  • Country: Japan
  • Year: 1954
  • Running Time: 96 Minutes
  • Language: Japanese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP