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Godzilla (1954)

Monday 31st July


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Director: Ishiro Honda

Starring: Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi

Rating: PG

Japan 1954, 92mins

Godzilla is one of the true classics of cinema, helmed by noted special effects director Ishiro Honda, a friend and collaborator of Akira Kurosawa. Made in 1954 and a fierce indictment of the atomic age, Godzilla was an enormous hit for the Toho film studio, creating a legendary monster that entered the lexicon of popular culture worldwide, spawning more than twenty sequels over fifty years, countless rip-offs, and a new genre: the kaiju eiga, or Japanese monster movie.

Only fools will pass off Godzilla as just some silly ‘man in a rubber’ suit movie. Made by an ex-soldier who had survived the WWII firebombing of Tokyo and passed through the wreckage of Hiroshima, at the heart of the film lies terror of a nuclear power that had still only recently been unleashed on the world. Like all the best horror, the monsters on screen are reflected back by our monstrous humanity.

Screening in Japanese with English subtitles.