Thursday, December 15, 2011


The original Godzilla(not the highly modified American version, the actual Japanese one).How I love this movie. This film served as a reminder to the Japanese people of the devastation created by the nuclear bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.Coming out only nine years after the bombing, I think that Tojo did a very good job with Godzilla(or Gojira,as it was called in Japan),displaying how utterly destructive nuclear power is.

Plot Summary:
 A giant sea monster appears near Odo, a small island off the coast of Japan. The monster attacks the island during the night, and one of the village elders recognizes it as Godzilla. Later, archaeologist Kyohei Yamane goes with some others to investigate the attack, and find radioactive footprints, suggesting that Godzilla was created by radiation. We  later find out about a scientist named Daisie Serializ, who had created a device that can destroy oxygen, which he demonstrates in a fish tank. That night, Godzilla attacks and mostly destroys Tokyo. The army tries fighting Godzilla, but with no avail. Godzilla is finally destroyed when Yamane decides to use his Oxygen Destroyer on the monster. He kills himself when underwater, previously saying that he had to die to prevent his research from being used for evil intentions.

As I stated earlier, I love this movie. On my rating system, it gets a 10. This movie uses Godzilla as a symbol of how destructive and uncontrollable nuclear weapons can be. It also brought awareness at the time it was made to how dangerous nuclear fallout is. Although this movie has some minor flaws; such as when you can see some of the wires attached to Godzilla, I cant really find any other problems with it. If you haven't seen this yet, I recommend that you do so as soon as possible.

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