Godzilla is a thrilling spectacle which has risen to cult status over the years. Yet, beneath its sci-fi overtones is a humane narrative which reflects the social atmosphere of post-war Japan. Made not long after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this film makes a fearful statement on the impact of nuclear weaponry upon the land and all life forms.
Witness the legendary king of kaiju in this digitally restored version of the original, Japanese Godzilla from 1954.
Presented by The Japan Foundation, Sydney
The residents of Odo Island believe that an ancient sea creature called ‘Godzilla’ resides in their waters. After Japanese freight ships are destroyed and the island is ravaged by an unseen force, the government sends palaeontologist Yamane to investigate. What they discover is a monstrous abomination: a prehistoric animal that has evolved due to nuclear radiation. And what they don’t know is it’s headed straight for Tokyo!