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Godzilla, King of the Monsters! 1956 123movies

Godzilla, King of the Monsters! 1956 123movies

Incredible, unstoppable titan of terror!Apr. 27, 195681 Min.
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Watch: Godzilla, King of the Monsters! 1956 123movies, Full Movie Online – When American reporter Steve Martin investigates a series of mysterious disasters off the coast of Japan, he comes face to face with an ancient creature so powerful and so terrifying, it can reduce Tokyo to a smoldering graveyard. Nuclear weapon testing resurrected this relic from the Jurassic age, and now it’s rampaging across Japan. At night, Godzilla wades through Tokyo leaving death and destruction in his wake, disappearing into Tokyo Bay when his rage subsides. Coventional weapons are useless against him; but renowned scientist Dr. Serizawa has discovered a weapon that could destroy all life in the bay — including Godzilla. But which disaster is worse, Godzilla’s fury, or the death of Tokyo Bay?.
Plot: During an assignment, foreign correspondent Steve Martin spends a layover in Tokyo and is caught amid the rampage of an unstoppable prehistoric monster the Japanese call ‘Godzilla’. The only hope for both Japan and the world lies on a secret weapon, which may prove more destructive than the monster itself.
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Raymond Burr adds some gravitas to the American-added scenes in Godzilla: King of the Monsters!
Just a few weeks ago, I watched the original Japanese version of Godzilla. So now, I just also watched the American-edited version with new scenes of Raymond Burr as American reporter Steve Martin narrating most of the movie with some of the Japanese scenes dubbed in English. Other than those new scenes, the movie has most of the same narrative with only a few scenes cut out. Burr as the reporter is quite effective when narrating or talking into a tape machine meant for his boss to receive. And it’s mainly because of that narration that I’m giving this version called Godzilla: King of the Monsters! an 8 while I gave the original version a 7.
Review By: tavm
The birth of Toho’s kaiju franchise
“Godzilla King of the Monsters!” marked the science fiction debut of Japan’s Toho Company, their contribution to a market which was still in its infancy when the picture went into production in 1954, inspired not just by the massive success of a 1952 revival of 1933’s “King Kong” but principally to make an effective statement against nuclear proliferation in the wake of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The budget did not allow for stop motion animation, but with Eiji Tsurburaya signing on to do the special effects an entire new method was devised, ‘suitmation,’ simply described as ‘man in a suit.’ His wartime experiences and ability to design articulate miniatures of vehicles and buildings proved indispensable, for as much as critics enjoy making fun of the process this provided evidence that it just wasn’t as easy as they made it look. Gojira (as it was called in Japan) was a combination of dinosaurs (essentially the form of a Tyrannosaurus with the dorsal fins of a Stegosaurus), the finished costume so heavy under the heat from studio lights that stunt actor Haruo Nakajima could only wear it for three minutes without collapsing. In dragging his resin-coated, leather-gloved hand over the slackened strings of a contrabass fiddle then slowing the tempo of the sound, music specialist Akira Ifukube created the awesome and instantly distinctive cry of Toho’s signature creation. The two attacks upon Tokyo at the midway point are done under cover of night, director Ishiro Honda displaying his experience with documentaries by keeping the focus on the human toll (a live broadcast cut short as the reporters all die falling from the tower is particularly chilling, as the camera plummets to the ground with them). The surprise of Godzilla’s radioactive breath is saved for the second attack, melting away the electric grids and reducing Tokyo to rubble. As popular as Godzilla was in his native Japan (among the top ten moneymakers for the year), the American success of any foreign entry was not guaranteed, the idea to shoot new footage to match Honda’s an untested and risky proposition. The new leading man would be Raymond Burr as Chicago reporter Steve Martin, certainly familiar to movie audiences though still a year away from TV stardom as attorney Perry Mason, best known as the villain in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 “Rear Window,” filming his scenes over a six day period (not 24 hours as some have suggested) due to the number of different sets required. 20 minutes were shot by veteran director/editor (since 1927) Terry Morse, carefully integrated throughout so that the seams are not obvious on a first viewing. Most of Burr’s on screen action comes up front over the first half hour, the story told in flashback after the devastation of Tokyo, recounting his arrival and friendship with Akihito Hirata’s Dr. Serizawa, the loner scientist whose research has unwittingly discovered a way to remove oxygen from the water, therefore destroying all nearby sea life. Most of the original footage remains intact, little English dubbing used with Burr present as narrator, a respectful treatment overall despite the loss of backstory and relationships. Effectively Americanized from the Japanese version, the reworking became a worldwide hit that helped establish Toho as a reliable money making kaiju franchise, following on with 14 sequels over 20 years. There were less happy results for the other two Toho films that underwent the same extensive treatment, with 1955’s “Ju Jin Yuki Otoko” reborn as “Half Human” (John Carradine essentially narrating the entire picture), while “Daikaiju Baran” reemerged as the even worse “Varan the Unbelievable.” Other Toho monsters like Rodan and especially Mothra would find popularity but the Big G cast a mighty shadow in its wake.
Review By: kevinolzak

Other Information:

Original Title Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
Release Date 1956-04-27
Release Year 1956

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 20 min (80 min) (original U.S. theatrical release), 1 hr 18 min (78 min) (television) (USA), 1 hr 9 min (69 min) (television) (re-issue) (USA)
Budget 25000
Revenue 2000000
Status Released
Rated Not Rated
Genre Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Director Ishirô Honda, Terry O. Morse
Writer Shigeru Kayama, Takeo Murata, Ishirô Honda
Actors Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Momoko Kôchi
Country Japan, United States
Awards 1 nomination
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Camera N/A
Laboratory N/A
Film Length 2,110 m (5 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm

Godzilla, King of the Monsters! 1956 123movies
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! 1956 123movies
Original title Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
TMDb Rating 6.652 187 votes

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