From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Godzilla aka Gojira (1954, Japan) is a Kaiju film directed by. It is a direct prequel to Godzilla Raids Again and was recut for the American audiences as Godzilla: King of The Monsters in 1956.


Main Details

  • Released in 1954/ 1956 (American recut version)
  • B & W
  • Running Time: 98 min | USA:78 min (DVD)
  • Produced & Distributed by Toho Co. | Embassy Pictures (1956) (USA theatrical)
  • Directed by Ishirō Honda
  • Written by Ishirô Honda, Shigeru Kayama, Takeo Murata
  • Starring Akira Takarada, Raymond Burr (US Version), Momoko Kôchi, Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura
  • Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Original Music by Akira Ifukube
  • Cinematography by Masao Tamai
  • Film Editing by Kazuji Taira (as Yasunobu Taira)

Plot Summary

  • American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.

Also Known As

  • Gojira (Original Japanese Title)
  • Godzilla France / Hungary / International (English title) / Italy / Poland / USA
  • Godzilla - Der sensationellste Film der Gegenwart (Germany) (video title)
  • Godzilla - monstret från havet (Sweden)
  • Godzilla, to teras tou aionos (Greece)
  • Japón bajo el terror del monstruo (Spain)
  • Kaihatsu keikaku G (Japan) (working title)
  • Kaitei ni-man mairu kara kita daikaijû (Japan) (working title)
  • O Monstro do Oceano Pacífico (Portugal)
  • Godzilla, King of the Monsters (US Version)


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