Godzilla: The Japanese Original
Directed by: Ishiro Honda
Friday, April 25 - Saturday, May 31, 2014
“Rejoice, guy-in-rubber-suit fans! Sixty years after first trampling his way into the collective consciousness (and with a blockbuster reboot on the horizon), the primordial behemoth known as Godzilla returns… in a new DCP restoration. If you know only the Americanized version—dubbed into English and featuring Raymond Burr in awkwardly incorporated footage—this is your chance to see director Ishiro Honda’s pointedly allegorical Japanese original.
“Starting with a scene that directly parallels a then-current incident (the Daigo Fukuryu Maru disaster, in which a fishing boat’s crew was affected by a nuclear blast), this GODZILLA is prepared to confront the real-life traumas of a devastated country still reeling from the endgame of WWII… More so than in the jokey sequels, this film’s Godzilla comes off as a potent and provocative metaphor, a lumbering embodiment of atomic-age anxieties birthed from mankind’s own desire to destroy. (The creature’s handmade qualities strangely work to the advantage of the film’s themes.) Honda’s satire is cutting, with several characters resigned to living with the threat of constant cataclysm. And the way the filmmaker shoots his central Tokyo-destroying set piece—with fleeing extras, sky-high flames and wanton destruction—calls up plenty of uncomfortable associations, even as it feels like a nation exorcising its demons. GODZILLA is Pop Art as purge.” – Time Out New York
Godzilla®, Gojira and the character design are trademarks of Toho Co., Ltd. © 1954 Toho Co., Ltd. All Rights ReservedNR, 96 Minutes, In Japanese with newly translated English subtitles