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Opens on June 1

Director: Ishirō Honda Run Time: 96 min. Release Year: 1954 Language: Japanese

Starring: Akihiko Hirata, Akira Takarada, Fuyuki Murakami, Momoko Kôchi, Takashi Shimura

_Godzilla_ (a.k.a. Gojira) is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies. It’s also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama, made in Japan at a time when the country was reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing in the Pacific. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population’s fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning almost thirty sequels.


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