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Tue, Nov 16 at 5:45pm


  • Dir. Ishiro Honda
  • Japan
  • 1954
  • 96 min.
  • NR
  • 4K DCP

In Japanese with English subtitles

  • Assistive Listening
  • Subtitled
  • Hearing Loop
Tue, Nov 16 at 5:45pm: Introduction from Belcourt staff members John Southwood and Bob Roberts | BUY TICKETS

GODZILLA (aka GOJIRA) is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies. It’s also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama, made in Japan at a time when the country was reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing in the Pacific. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population’s fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning almost 30 sequels. 

Please note: This is not to be confused with GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS, the 1956 “Americanized” version with Raymond Burr. If you’ve never seen the original, you’re in for a treat.

The original 1954 Japanese version has been newly restored in 4K by Toho Co., Ltd. in celebration of Godzilla’s 67th birthday.

“Few mass entertainments have dealt so directly with a tragedy so fresh…. An urgent, earnest film, a profoundly unsettling window into national trauma.” —Christopher Orr, The Atlantic

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