The Story of Godzilla’s Birth – Pt 2


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

▲ Godzilla Destroys the National Diet Building. Approaching the National Diet Building, Godzilla puts his huge foot on the building (the House of Representatives) on the left side facing the front and easily breaks through. At that time, the audience applauded for this scene.

P 6

G Work


“I don’t know what to do. I’m running out of time…”
Tanaka’s expression darkened.


Tomoyuki Tanaka, 44 years old. He is the producer (manager of production) of Toho Films.


In April 1954, Tanaka had been preparing to make a movie for half a year. It is a co-produced movie between Japan and Indonesia, “In the Shadow of Glory.” A lot of money, time and effort had already gone into this film. However, just before the start of production, it was embroiled in a political issue between the two countries, and it was abruptly canceled. Even though the staff and budget are already organized.


“It has already been decided that it will be released on November 3rd.


Tanaka let out a sigh. It was about a month ago that he flew to Indonesia to sign the contract. He could see the sea to the south from the window of the plane. Both the sky and the sea were blue. Lately, “I can’t believe that a terrifying hydrogen bomb test was conducted in that beautiful sea…”


It was just last month. At Bikini Atoll in the central Pacific Ocean, an American hydrogen bomb test was conducted, and an incident occurred in which the Japanese fishing boat Daigo Fukuryu Maru [Lucky Dragon No 5] was bathed in the ash of death (radioactive fallout). The ashes of death fell on the 23-man crew as well.

P 7


Suddenly, a memory crossed Tanaka’s mind.


“Wait. ‘The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms’ (directed by Eugene Lurie), that was also a hydrogen bomb.”


It’s an American movie. In the previous year, in 1927, a movie was made in which a monster with radiation from a hydrogen bomb test emerged from the sea and destroyed the big city of New York. It hadn’t been released in Japan yet, but information was coming in. Beyond that new memory, the memory of 20 years ago also surfaced at the same time.


King Kong (co-directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schudsack). Tanaka, who was still a student at the time, fell in love with the film.


“Hmm, hydrogen bombs, monsters, cities, radiation…”


Some keywords fly by.


“Near the Bikini Atoll, an ancient dinosaur was sleeping. It was awakened by a hydrogen bomb test. Its body was unusually large due to the radioactivity of the hydrogen bomb. And it landed on the Japanese archipelago, especially Tokyo. Mankind suffers unprecedented damage from the hydrogen bomb it created…”


Tanaka suppressed the pounding heartbeat in his chest. By the way, this title may have been inspired by the original title of “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms,” “The monster that came from 20,000 fathoms under the sea (about 40,000 meters).”


In Tanaka’s head, little by little the idea was built into a story. “The theme is the terror of the hydrogen bomb. The title is… ‘The giant monster that came from 20,000 miles under the sea.’ Okay, this is it!”


Tanaka submitted this plan to Toho’s planning committee.