The Making of 1955



The costume weighed approximately 45 kilograms.

第一 号から半年後、第二弾映画「『ゴジラの逆襲』が封切り」に

Six months after the first release, the second movie “Godzilla Raids Again”was released.


The first Japanese monster movie, Godzilla, was released on November 3, 1954. In May 1955, six months after this memorable day, the second film, “Godzilla Raids Again,” was screened.


The first film was directed by Ishiro Honda. A story in which the primitive monster Godzilla appears in Tokyo, destroys the city, and terrorizes humanity. Special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. This work was exported to the United States and was well received overseas.


The distributor, Toho, was encouraged by this and highly recognized the future potential of special effects, and set up a special effects studio called Toyo No. This time, “Godzilla Raids Again” was made by this studio. Motoyoshi Oda will be the director, the setting will change from Tokyo to Osaka, and a new monster named Anguirus will appear, with the highlight being the duel scene between the two monsters. The special effects are of course Eiji Tsuburaya. The creator of Godzilla.


Models of Osaka’s main streets have been built here and there in the studio, so much so that there is no place to step. The city of Osaka was created by 71 staff over 28 days at a cost of approximately 2.5 million yen. Godzilla and Anguirus destroy everything, even though the staff says, “It would be a shame to destroy it.”


Osaka Castle, the place where the two monsters fight, has been reduced to 1/25th of its size and looks exactly like the real thing. This alone cost about 70,000 yen, and it was made of plaster so that it would crack as soon as you touched it. What’s more, there are electric wires running through the model, so that when you step on it, sparks fly. The tricks are quite detailed in order to convey the impact.


It’s not just the models that are detailed. Godzilla may be fun if it’s just about destroying things, but it’s a different story when you have to show off your awesomeness and act. The guidance on how to act as a monster is also extremely detailed. “Please cross your legs here and turn your faces towards me,” said Tsuburaya. The monster’s body language seems to be quite complicated since it was shot at high speed.


What’s more, the suit weighs about 45 kilograms. This costume is made from high-heat treated plastic, and it takes four large men to lift it up. Even the people transporting the items are feeling uneasy, as if they are touching a bare item.


The bottom left of the photo shows Godzilla and Anguirus together after they were destroyed. The person in the center is Director Oda, yelling, “It’s going to be a while, so please be patient.”


It is said that if you wear a costume, you will lose about 5 kilograms until the end of filming. It’s hot and irritating one can’t move freely, so only those who are inside can understand.


The director of special photography holds toy monsters in both hands and secretly thinks about how to make them fight. It looks just like a child playing with a toy.


Osaka Castle was beautifully blown away and the sparks crackled. Godzilla appears in Osaka.


Since then, the monster boom has gained further momentum and shows no signs of slowing down.

Source: The Sun Pictorial Daily, pp 26-27