DIRECTOR: ISHIRô HONDA
CAST: AKIRA TAKARADA, MOMOKO KōCHI, AKIHIKO HIRATA
The O.G. kaiju, a walking volcano of a beast who can flatten a Tokyo neighborhood with a single sweep of his tail, makes his screen debut in this appetite-for-destruction smash-up from master of monsters Honda, a strikingly somber first entry in the franchise which links the awakening of the ancient Gojira to the imbalance of nature represented by the dawning of the Atomic Age. Catch this pop culture landmark the way it was meant to be seen in the original Japanese version, with all the destruction and none of the pontificating Raymond Burr.