Anxiety on the eve of the birth of “Godzilla”


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Anxiety on the eve of the birth of “Godzilla”

◆ 極秘裏に進められた?『G作品』
◆ Proceeding secretly? “G work”


In 1954 (Showa 29), “Seven Samurai” directed by Akira Kurosawa was released. Mr. Tsuburaya said, “I’m jealous that you can make a movie in that form.” On the one hand, he envied Mr. Kurosawa’s perfectionism, but on the other hand, he must have wondered whether it was necessary to go that far. He also said, “Movies are the product of compromises, so I’m always compromising.”


I also watched the Kurosawa group and always felt envious, so I really understand Mr. Tsuburaya’s feelings. All the studios were facing the Kurosawa group. “Tsuraya-gumi” was walking down a completely back street, and no one looked back.


In such a studio atmosphere, the news of the Lucy Dragon No 5, which was exposed to radiation in the American hydrogen bomb test, came to the special effects staff room. As you know, “Godzilla” was born with this incident as a hint.

P 216


The “Godzilla” project was planned by Producer Tanaka and proceeded in secret, but Mr. Tsuburaya was enthusiastic, saying, “This time, I can do something that feels like a job.” We ask Mr. Tsuburaya, “What kind of project is going on now?”


We didn’t hear anything more than that, but from Mr. Tsuburaya’s expression and words, we had a faint feeling that he would be able to go all out this time. Mr. Tsuburaya must have thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to put his special skills to good use in his next work, and to finally put them out in the sun.


However, when the scenario was completed, I picked it up with excitement and anticipation. We remember tilting our heads, “What is this title?” We didn’t know whether it was because the official title of “Godzilla” had not been decided yet, or because we were afraid that the project would be leaked to the outside.


Mr. Tsuburaya’s attitude at this time was completely different from that of the previous movies. It’s like, “Okay, let’s do it.”

Source: ゴジラ•デイズ, p 215-216