Gojira (1954)
Director: Ishirô Honda
Actors: Akira Takarada, Akihiko Hirata
Runtime:96 min

Less than ten years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan made a movie about a prehistoric monster woken from millennial sleep by US underwater nuclear tests. Godzilla is a metaphor for nuclear destruction and a threat that nuclear weapons pose to the world. The misuse of science is further underscored when a scientist, who comes up with a potential solution, hesitates in fear that politicians will turn his discovery into a weapon of mass destruction. The monster is 50 meters high, leaves a radioactive trace, because of the vast amount of absorbed radiation from nuclear testing, and breathes intense radiation which burns everything in its path.

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