The Story of Godzilla’s Birth – Pt 14


The Story of Godzilla's Birth
「ゴジラ誕生語」The Story of Godzilla's Birth by Osamu Yamaguchi

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“No, it won’t make you feel scared. It’s like no one else has ever seen.”


Each staff member has an image. So it’s hard to decide. For the time being, I made Godzilla with round wart-like skin.


“Isn’t this pretty good?” the next day someone said, “It’s not enough fear.”


“What the hell am I supposed to do!”


Toshimitsu held his head. After a couple of twists and turns, we finally arrive at the rugged crocodile skin.


“This is pretty good. Let’s go with this skin.”


In this way, the image of the body surface was finally decided. The crocodile skin, which looks like rough rocks or scars from a hydrogen bomb, embodies Godzilla’s strength and fear.


One month until the start of shooting. The discussion continues overnight after all-night. And finally, the King of Monsters, Godzilla’s clay prototype was completed. There are three rows of sharply cut fins on the back like holly leaves.


“Oh my gosh, it’s so powerful.”


“Yeah, imagining this thing moving makes me shudder.”


The reputation of the staff was excellent. But…….


On July 5th, a press conference was held to announce the production of “Godzilla.” Although it was still a scaly Godzilla, a photograph created based on the clay prototype made by Toshimitsu was also released, and was immediately published in the evening paper that day.

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Tanaka, Toshimitsu, and the rest of the staff involuntarily clenched their fists at the headline, “Atomic monster lands in Tokyo, which runs through the film world of low-quality productions.”


“Though you don’t know anything, you say selfish things.”


“What part of Godzilla is called low-quality!”


Even in newspapers, special effects films were treated one step lower. However, there was a man who tried to stake his movie life on this work.


“With this movie, I will open up the future of special effects. I want everyone to recognize the wonderful potential of special effects. If I fail, I cannot stay at this studio.”


It was Eiji Tsuburaya, the special effects director.


With a firm determination in their hearts, the staff will continue their efforts. And finally, “Godzilla” entered production. Let me introduce the “synopsis” of “GOJIRA” below. (The name in parentheses is the name of the actor who played the part.)


In the Pacific Ocean, suddenly, a cargo ship (Eikomaru) was enveloped in a strange incandescent beam, caught fire, and sank.


The ships that went to rescue them also mysteriously sink one after another.


Around that time, on Odo Island (an imaginary island in the Izu Islands), there was only one sailor on a fishing boat. The island’s elder Kodoku Ninori (Koudou Kuninori) murmured, “It might be Godzilla after all…”.


The frightened islanders wait for the dance of exorcism to appease the legendary monster. That night, a big storm hits Odo Island, and an eerie sound of “boom, boom” is heard in the rain.