Tokyo: Toho Company, 1954. Vintage borderless reference photograph from the 1954 film, showing Godzilla in the process of destroying Tokyo Bridge.

The first entry in the long-running, wildly popular Godzilla franchise. Generally believed to be the first kaiju film, a Japanese sub-genre featuring giant monsters attacking cities and engaging in violent confrontation with the military and other monsters. The film was an allegory for the effects of the hydrogen bomb and radioactive contamination, and in its success gave way to entire genres and sub-genres of related films addressing similar themes of invasion, contamination, and global catastrophe.

Shot on location in Tokyo.

7 x 5 inches. Near Fine.

BFI 680. Criterion Collection 594. McPadden, Heavy Metal Movies.

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