GOJIRA (Japan, 1954, 78 min.)
In this classic film, the precursor to Godzilla, Japan is thrown into a panic after several ships explode and are sunk. At first the authorities think it’s either underwater mines or underwater volcanic activity and investigations begin near Odo Island, close to where several of the ships were sunk. One night something comes ashore, destroys several houses and kills several people. A later expedition to the island led by paleontologist Professor Kyohei Yemani, his daughter Emiko and a young Navy frogman Hideto Ogata (who also happens to be Emiko’s lover even though she is betrothed to Doctor Daisuke Serizawa) soon discover something more devastating than imagined in the form of a 164-foot-tall monster whom the natives call Gojira. Now the monster reptile with radioactive breath begins a rampage that threatens to destroy not only Japan, but the rest of the world as well. Can the monster be destroyed before it is too late and what role will the mysterious Serizawa play in the battle? Directed by Ishirô Honda.
Introduced by Ms. Misako Ito, Director, Japan Information & Culture Center.
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