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Godzilla (1984)

Directed by Koji Hashimoto

Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka

Screenplay by Shuichi Nagahara

Based on “The Resurrection of Godzilla” by Tomoyuki Tanaka

Starring: Ken Tanaka, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Yosuke Natsuki, Keiju Kobayashi, Kenpachiro Satsuma

Music by Reijiro Koroku

Cinematography: Kautami Hara

Edited by Yoshitami Kuroiwa

Release date: December 15, 1984

Running time: 103 minutes

Budget: $6.25 million

Box office: $11 million

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3 thoughts on “Godzilla (1984)

  1. Erik Willis says:

    https://youtu.be/8SAg1zUCwBc

    Awesome 90s rap song with a Godzilla theme song sample

    Erik Willis

  2. A Passionate Defense of Godzilla 1984.

    Gentleman… As a lifelong Godzilla fan I have only just discovered your podcast recently. I absolutely love it and have bing-listened, watching along where feasible, all the way up through the end of the Showa Era so far. I’ve seen all the Big G’s movies at least once over the years, but thanks to you guys I have discovered gems I never knew existed such as Frankenstein Conquers the World and War of the Gargantuas. Not the mention the avalanche of awesome behind-the-scenes details.

    My top two Godzilla movies are the original 1954 film and Shin Godzilla. I spent much of my time sprinting through the podcast in eager anticipation of your episode on my 3rd favorite, Godzilla 1984.

    Gentlemen, I say this with love and the utmost respect, but I am slack-jaw flabbergasted that neither of you seem to grasp the point of this film. That neither of you understand why the Prime Minister is crying at the end, that you would openly mock Raymond Burr’s description of Godzilla as an innocent and tragic monster, means you have both completely misunderstood a fundamental aspect of Godzilla as a character. Again, I love you guys, and I love this podcast, but I absolutely cannot believe you have watched all these films up to this point and don’t understand that Godzilla is an innocent and tragic character. I will agree the Burr speech at the end of 1985 is way too on the nose, but what it says absolute Godzilla is not only accurate, it is the very beating heart of the character. The blossoms of this sentiment are rooted deep in the 54 film.

    What I’m about to summarize is so intrinsic to Japanese culture that no one involved in these movies would ever have thought to explicitly state this. It is expected to be understood on a primal level.

    Godzilla was once an innocent sea creature (and/or dinosaur) that was transformed into a monster by human technology. His murderous behavior and destructive actions are not his fault. His monstrous nature was inflicted upon him by the mistakes of mankind. His is the physical embodiment of our technological hubris. A spirit of revenge and punishment for our overreach, compelled by mother nature herself to humble us. The fact that his behavior is often inexplicable in most of the films is an implicit metaphor for the impartiality of natural disasters. You can’t negotiate with a hurricane, with a volcano, or a Godzilla. They’re gonna do what they do. The path to wisdom as puny humans is to respect that and get out of the way. In other words, it’s intentional and symbolic that Godzilla’s motives are not usually explained.

    That humans created this monster, which we must now destroy to protect ourselves, is inherently tragic. In a just world, Godzilla would be allowed to live free, and humans would learn to work around him. The fact that we must kill him proves we have learned nothing.

    This is why Dr. Yamane (The World’s Worst Paleontologist) doesn’t want them to kill Godzilla in 54, this is why the Prime Minister cries in 84, and this is why a certain 7-year-old boy cried every time Godzilla went into that volcano. Maybe one day if we are our best selves, we’ll find a way to save him.

    -Steven E. Walker
    @IrreverendW

    1. Drew Daybell says:

      Wow, thank you for this impassioned defense of the film.

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