The Story of Godzilla’s Birth – Pt 76


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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▲ Chorus of “Prayer for Peace”


The song was sung in unison by 2,000 students at Toho Gakuen, an all-girls school at the time. The lyrics were written by Shigeru Kayama, who also wrote the original Godzilla manga. Ifukube, who composed the song, personally conducted the baton.

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This impressive scene was filmed in the large auditorium of Toho Gakuen, a girls’ school at the time (now Toho Gakuen University). Over 2,000 students sang together, and the moving shot captured them in their uniforms, lined up in orderly fashion and singing with complete concentration. The lyrics to this song were written by Kayama, who also wrote the original story for Godzilla.


There are many scenes in this film that contain anti-war messages, such as the scene in which a mother holds her young child tightly and mutters under the burning roof of the Matsuzakaya building.


“Soon. We’ll be heading to Dad’s soon.”


Everyone agrees that these words mean that the mother and son are going to visit their father who died in the war. Now the mother and son, who somehow managed to survive the war, are faced with the terror of Godzilla.


And the final scene of the film is also filled with the thoughts of many staff members, including Tanaka, Honda, and Tsuburaya, who wanted to give this film a message of peace. Godzilla is buried deep under the sea after being destroyed by Dr. Serizawa’s Oxygen Destroyer. Dr. Yamane mutters on a patrol boat floating in the sea.


“I don’t think that Godzilla was the last one. If hydrogen bomb tests continue, another Godzilla like it may appear somewhere in the world.”


This was also the voice of Murata Takeo, who wrote the screenplay.


“Godzilla” was developed with the cooperation of many different people.


One of these is the Self-Defense Forces, which were just reorganized from the National Safety Forces in July while the film was being made.


“We really can’t make this movie without the cooperation of the Self-Defense Forces.”