Godzilla

 

Tomorrow night the Star and Shadow cinema are screening King Kong Vs Godzilla, which is rather special. So in its honour we present 20 facts about Godzilla, to get you up to speed for tomorrow.

 

  1. By 2014 there will have been 30 films in the franchise all together, 28 Japanese films and 2 American versions.
  2. The first film in the series was released in 1954, named ‘Godzilla’ and directed by Ishirō Honda
  3. Ishirō Honda directed 8 Godzilla films in total between 1954-75, Including the 4th film in the franchise King Kong Vs Godzilla
  4. Godzilla was originally conceived by special effects artist Eiji Tsuburaya to be a giant octopus.
  5. The Japanese name for Godzilla is Gojira (ゴジラ) and is a portmanteau of the Japanese words for Gorilla (Gorira -ゴリラ) and Whale (Kujira -くじら)
  6. Godzilla’s English name is only his name due to an error in the original translation, technically his name should be Gozira
  7. Godzilla’s distinctive roar is created by covering a leather glove in resin, rubbing it against the loosened strings of a double bass and slowing down the playback
  8. Godzilla himself is a prehistoric survivor from the era of the dinosaurs who was later mutated by nuclear radiation
  9. Godzilla (1954) was released just 9 years after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it is widely accepted that Godzilla himself is a metaphor for the events.
  10. One of Godzilla’s greatest foes was his robotic doppelganger Mechagodzilla who was apparently made of ‘space titanium’
  11.  Possibly the deadliest weapon in Godzilla’s arsenal is his atomic breath, although occasionally his has been known to use martial arts as well
  12. In addition to the films starring Godzilla, there have been 18 other films set in the same universe, including 4 starring Godzilla’s sometimes friend, sometimes foe, Mothra
  13. When not destroying cities, Godzilla is a family man and has an adoptive son (also an atomic dinosaur) named Minilla (ミニラ)
  14. The American Godzilla from the 1998 movie is known by fans as ‘Zilla – The movie and the monster was very badly received by fans
  15. In Godzilla: Final Wars, Godzilla battles ‘Zilla and destroys him in under 30 seconds by throwing him into the Sydney Opera House and blowing him up with his atomic breath
  16. Godzilla: Final Wars is the latest Godzilla film being released in 2004
  17. The next Godzilla film will be released in 2014, and is being directed by British director Gareth Edwards who previously directed the film ‘Monsters’
  18. Godzilla’s personality and appearance changed from film to film, sometimes cartoonish in features and friendly towards mankind, sometime more feral and destructive
  19. Godzilla was one of the first films, post world war two, to be screened in Korean cinemas
  20. While the above may have been good for Korea-Japan relations it was not for South Korean producer/director Sang-ok Shin. Shin was kidnapped by North Korea’s Kim Jong-Il and forced to produce movies for him, including a film heavily inspired by Godzilla, named Pulgasari.

 

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6 comments on “Godzilla

  1. Interesting, thanks for the video I just watched it and it was very informative.

    I must admit I have only seen clips of the film (It did play a few years ago at the Star and Shadow but sadly I couldn’t make it) and it does seem like it’s critiquing the regime somewhat from that video at least. Very strange, hopefully one day I can get my hands on it for myself! Thanks again for the info.

    As an aside, because my brain overflows with useless junk, did you know that before his death Kim Jong-Il had one of the largest private collections of VHS tapes in the world? The collection was well over 20,000 tapes (unsure if he ever upgraded to DVD…) and according to reports loved the James Bond films.

    That is except Die Another Day, what with the North Koreans being the bad guys and all.

    Thanks for using the site 🙂

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