'Godzilla' 60th Anniversary Trailer and Poster

Celebrate the Japanese Original as Rialto Pictures brings the 1954 classic back to theaters this spring.
Celebrate the re-release of Godzilla: The Japanese Original as it returns remastered and uncut for its 60th Anniversary. We have the trailer and poster, followed by all the details behind the return of the world's most iconic monster!

Godzilla Poster
Godzilla Photo

A new restoration of Godzilla, the monster classic that has spawned six decades of sequels, imitations, and remakes, will debut April 12 at the fifth TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, followed by a national release beginning at New York's Film Forum, April 18-24.

Godzilla was originally released here in 1956 as Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, an atrociously cut, dubbed and re-edited version that inserted American actor Raymond Burr into the action; only an hour was used of the original's 98 minute running time. Raymond Burr does not appear in the original, uncut version, which has an all-Japanese cast including Takashi Shimura, who the very same year appeared as leader of the Seven Samurai.

As directed by Ishirô Honda, with special effects by the legendary Eiji Tsuburaya, Godzilla is much darker in tone than the dumbed-down U.S. release version, which entirely eliminated the original's underlying theme: in the Japanese version, the monster is clearly a metaphor for the nuclear menace and the film itself a cry for world peace and disarmament. The American version also cut out all of the original's astonishing Dr. Strangelove -like black humor.

The original Godzilla holds up as one of the greatest science fiction/monster films ever made, boasting still-impressive special effects, as the radiation-breathing prehistoric monster, awakened after millennia by Hydrogen Bomb testing - and impervious to repeated shelling by the Japanese army - wreaks destruction on Tokyo.

Godzilla became Toho Studio's #1 box office hit of 1954 (its #2 that year was Seven Samurai) and was so popular worldwide that the company has since produced nearly 30 sequels and remakes; a statue near Toho headquarters in Tokyo pays tribute to their most valuable property. In 1984, the prestigious film journal Kinema Junpo rated it among the top 20 Japanese films of all time.

A new American version of Godzilla from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures will be released nationally May 16.

Godzilla was released May 7th, 2004 and stars Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi, Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura, Fuyuki Murakami, Sachio Sakai, Toranosuke Ogawa, Ren Yamamoto. The film is directed by Ishirô Honda.


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Comments (7)

  1. Cheetoboy

    I just heard that a 2nd trailer for the reboot is coming next week, but take with a grain of salt, it could just be rumors.

    7 months agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  2. jasdjqs

    worst....trailer....ever.....

    7 months agoby @jasdjqsFlag

  3. CelluloidDreams

    I hope it comes to Phoenix Arizona!.

    7 months agoby @2movieguysFlag

  4. CelluloidDreams

    Still not feeling it!.

    7 months agoby @2movieguysFlag

  5. LuxoIII

    1) Rialto did this 10 years ago and clearly they're not putting any effort into this re-release considering they didn't even bother to make a new poster.

    2) Give me ten minutes on any effects software and I can easily recreate most of this pathetically unimaginative trailer.

    3) "A Monster of Mass Destruction" Is that really the best tagline you could come up with? Really?

    7 months agoby @brady1138Flag

  6. TheDude1

    Idea is great, but my God that trailer was terrible.

    7 months agoby @thedude1Flag

  7. Cheetoboy

    All I care about right now is the new second trailer.

    7 months agoby @cheetoboyFlag