I am a tremendous fan of kaiju eiga (Japanese monster films). While there are many kaiju (strange beasts or monsters), even nonfans will recognize Gojira. Gojira is Godzilla.
available. This is the version that I recommend. It has a much different feel than the American version, which is campy and choppy. The original Gojira is really a somber film that warns about the perils of nuclear testing and the unbridled use of dangerous weapons. It alludes, of course, to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but also to the fallout caused by an American nuclear test in the Pacific that resulted in radiation poisoning of the crew of a Japanese fishing boat, Fukuryu Maru (Lucky Dragon). In any event, the orginal film is simply a better film. If you have the chance you should watch it.
The Japanese Trailer for Gojira (1954)
The United States Trailer for Godzilla, King of the Monsters(1956)
A really nice montage to part of the iconic Gojira theme written by Akira Ifukube :
The full Gojira theme:
Ishirô Honda, Director
Ishirô Honda, Writer
Shigeru Kayama, Story
Takeo Murata, Writer
Tomoyuki Tanaka, Producer
Akira Ifukube, Original Music
Masao Tamai, Cinematography
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