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Courtesy of Rialto Pictures

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1001 Bissonnet
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Directed by Ishirô Honda

1954, in Japanese with English subtitles



96 minutes



Godzilla: The Japanese Original

Widely considered the best monster movie of the sci-fi loving 1950s, Godzilla: The Japanese Original returns! This 60th-anniversary restoration features scenes deleted from versions previously screened in the United States and coincides with a new Hollywood remake.

H-bomb testing stirs a 400-foot sea dragon who terrorizes Tokyo like a fire-breathing King Kong, crushing trains and swatting down fighter planes. The monster is rendered in “suitmation” by special-effects wizard Eiji Tsuburaya, and the added scenes showcase the performance of the monster’s human costar, Takashi Shimura, who portrayed the leader of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai later that year.

“Smashing in every sense of the word! Time has not diminished this movie’s tabloid docu-horror allure.” —New Yorker

Godzilla®, Gojira, and the character design are trademarks of Toho Co., Ltd. © 1954 Toho Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved

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