Godzilla (1954) IMDb

Commentary

Ripped from the headlines. Kuboyama Aikichi, radio operator on the Daigo Fukuryū Maru (第五福龍丸) died from liver cirrhosis, Castle Bravo irradiation and a secondary hepatitis C infection from transfusion treatment for the radiation, just one month before this movie opened in theatres.

The conversion of the suitably invasive breath weapon used here into a beam weapon in the sprawling franchise that followed is sad.

References here: “Superman” (1941), Japan Sinks (1973), “Bambi Meets Godzilla” (1974), Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995).

Japanese production fiction moving picture

Remake:

Godzilla (1998) IMDb