Godzilla 1954 Highlights



Explanation & highlights


Godzilla, the immortal character that Japanese cinema is proud of, was planned in the spring of 1954 by Toho producer Tomoyuki Tanaka as an alternative to the abruptly canceled joint production with Indonesia. In the previous year, Eiji Tsuburaya, who specializes in technology, submitted to the planning department the plot of a special effects movie in which a monster (in Tsuburaya’s image, was a giant octopus) born from the effects of an atomic and hydrogen bomb destroyed a large city. Tomoyuki Tanaka replaced it with a giant monster and submitted it to the upper management at a planning meeting the following year. Toho, which adopted the monster movie boom in Hollywood at the time, produced not only comedy films of his specialty (the simultaneous screening of “Godzilla” was also a comedy period drama produced by an affiliated film company), but also “Godzilla,” which was the only country in the world to have suffered an atomic bombing. With the approval of Iwao Mori, head of Toho’s production division, we entered into a concrete production plan as a monster movie that overlaps the situation of the Daigo Fukuryu Maru being bombed.


In this way, “Godzilla” was completed and released on November 3rd, the day of culture, and became a big hit, causing a nationwide Godzilla boom. Director Ishiro Honda, who served as assistant director to Toho’s master Kajiro Yamamoto, directed the main story with high morality and thorough realism in mind. It hit me. In addition, Toho Eiji Tsuburaya’s unique special effects special effects suit and precise miniature work create a realistic and powerful Godzilla destruction scene in Tokyo. Moreover, the overseas version was screened not only in the United States but also in 50 countries around the world, gaining popularity, and in 1957 (Showa 32), the overseas version “Godzilla, the King of Monsters” made a triumphant return to the public.

Source: 東宝特撮映画DVDコレクション1ゴジラ, p 5