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GODZILLA (1954)

Godzilla

A film by Ishirô Honda. 

Cast: Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada. 

As the new American version of Godzilla is going to hit theater I looked at my collection of film an found a copy of the 1954 Godzilla who started it all. There are at least 20 plus sequels that follows but the first one is the best of them all. The special effects are awesome in this film specially in 1954 .  The story goes as follow A 164 feet monster with radioactive breath is revived unfortunately by an atomic blast, a nuclear testing. How will they kill it? Will the population survive the monster destroying everything in his path? You have to understand it was never been done back then this kind of film and it became very popular in Japan. When the monster awoke and start to sinks fisherman boats after which he goes on land and destroys everything in his path.  They are trying to figure out how to kill it but Dr. Yamane (Takashi Shimura) want the beast alive for study. After Godzilla destroy pretty much all of Tokyo a superweapon developed by Dr. Serizawa (Akihiko Hirata) appears to be the only way to stop the monster. You can tell the special effect back then was just good enough you can tell that is a small scale model of Tokyo and  some guy in a Godzilla suit  is a matter of fact the first made Godzilla suit weighed around 200 pounds, making it rather difficult for the performer (Haruo Nakajima) to move around in. A new suit had to be constructed that would be somewhat lighter and more flexible at the appropriate points. The real acting at the hospital were they were taking care of the wounded makes an impact. Still Godzilla after 60 years is still holding up. If you have  not seen it yet give it a try.  Is a matter of fact George Lucas cites this film’s miniatures as an inspiration for his effects in the Star Wars films. In 2004, for his 50th anniversary, Godzilla was given a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. The film received a Japanese Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, but lost to Seven Samurai (1954). But the film won an award for best visual effects.

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Godzilla_(1954)

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