Godzilla 1954 Movie Era


Movie Era


In March 1954 (Showa 29), the Japanese fishing boat Daigo Fukuryu Maru was exposed to radiation at Bikini Atoll, bringing fear of atomic and hydrogen bombs to people and the movement to ban atomic and hydrogen bombs was heightened. These social conditions are greatly reflected in the work of “Godzilla.” July, the Defense Agency and the Self-Defense Forces were established. It is In July, the Defense Agency and the Self-Defense Forces were established.


In the streets, the Hepburn haircut for women became all the rage due to the hit of the American movie “Roman Holiday” which was released in April. Rikidozan, a professional wrestler, is very active on TV. The Venice Film Festival’s Silver Lion Award for “Seven Samurai” and “Sansho the Bailiff” also became a hot topic.



On March 1, the deep-sea tuna fishing vessel Daigo Fukuryu Maru, which set sail from Yaizu Port in Shizuoka Prefecture, encountered a US hydrogen bomb test conducted at Bikini Atoll. All 23 sailors were exposed to radiation (indirect exposure) from the radioactive fallout “ashes of death” generated by this experiment. Consumption of fish meat dropped due to anxiety about radioactive contamination, which had a major impact on people’s lives.

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