Golden Age of the Silver Screen

Gojira (Godzilla) (1954)

Episode #6

Toho Film (Eiga) Co. Ltd. released Gojira / Godzilla to theaters on November 3, 1954. Ishirô Honda directed the film which starred Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, and Akira Takarada.

Gojira / Godzilla Movie Summary

Off the shores of post-World War II Japan, freight ships, fishing boats, and salvage vessels are mysteriously destroyed near the Odo Island, with very few survivors. Fishing villages begin wasting away when all of their efforts to produce a regular catch become futile. Village elders blame a prehistoric sea creature known as “Godzilla” for all of the incidents.

As news reporters investigate these claims on the Odo Island, a ritualistic dance is performed to appease the never before seen “Godzilla.” After the event, a storm ravages the island, destroys the fishing village, and kills nine people along with all of their livestock.

The Japanese government commissions a paleontologist, Kyohei Yamane, to investigate the island incident. Shortly after, Yamane discovers gigantic radioactive footprints; the fishing village is visited by the dinosaur like creature that created these prints. Yamane estimates this Godzilla is an ancient, 50 meters tall, sea creature that has evolved and became terrestrial after being disturbed by underwater hydrogen bomb testing.

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