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Godzilla, King of the Monsters!

An American reporter narrates his encounter with a giant mutated dinosaur in Japan.
United States
Japan
1956
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Rehash
Black & White
Translated
Animals: 
Dinosaur
Imaginary
Catastrophes: 
Apocalypse
Biohazard
Collapse
Crash
Explosion
Extinction
Fire
Storm
Flood
Fluids: 
Water
Giant: 
Kaiju
Behemoth
Infected: 
Irradiated
3.04
American apologies...
7.04
3.04
5.04
3.04
1
4
2
Editing
Pace
Effects
This is an American introduction to 1954's Godzilla tailored to its audience. It combines old and new footage. The new scenes feature an occidental cast and Japanese extras for a more natural blend. It is a narrated retelling of the events of the classic film and it attempts to break cultural barriers, helping us focus on the threat, whether it succeeds at it or not, from a Western point of view.
This is an exercise in editing that doesn't always flow well. The uneasy continuity between shots is an avoidable issue but it can be overlooked. It's far from being all rehash, though, and the new edits manage to give us a consistent story. The new procedural appeals to us, the viewers, the same way the Universal Monsters do. This almost feels like a dark creature feature when it embraces horror.
While it doesn't fully qualify as a sequel or remake, it finds creativity in editing something already acclaimed. Because Godzilla is a metaphor for the atomic and hydrogen bombs, and because the Americans are implicitly part of the inspiration, this picture can come as a shock and raises questions. It's a sad film but it is a symbol of political cooperation, of redemption and peace.
Alternate Titles: 
Godzilla 3
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