Ishiro Honda, Gojira / Godzilla, 1954.

In 2005 the BFI gave the original uncut Japanese Godzilla (Gojira) its first-ever UK release, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the first atomic bomb. Not only is this the great monster movie of the post-World War II era, but as the Village Voice intoned, “it is a daring attempt to fashion a terrible poetry from the mind-melting horror of atomic warfare”. The star of the film, the 30-storey-high Jurassic monster, Gojira, is awakened by atomic bomb tests. The resulting panic and mass destruction, caused by spectacular attacks on Tokyo, as well as its references to nuclear contamination and the incineration of Nagasaki, meant Gojira struck a chord of terror with Japanese audiences traumatised by the events of World War II. Introduced by film historian and writer Dr. Gail Nina Anderson.

Japan, 1954, Cert PG, 98mins

Gojira / Godzilla
Dir. Ishiro Honda


Thu 9 March 2006, 8.30pm

Tyneside Cinema

10 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle NE1 6QG