Released in America as the heavily re-edited Godzilla 1985, this 16th Godzilla film ignores all previous sequels and serves as a direct follow-up to the original 1954 Gojira. This film restores the darker tone of the original, as we witness the nuclear destruction of giant lizard terrorizing 1984-era Japan.
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Gojira is an awesome movie. It was not the cheesy monster movie that all the sequels portrayed. In reality it was a metaphor for the impact of the atomic bomb on the Japanese people. The American remake has nothing in the original. The movie MUST be seen in its original Japanese version. The American version of the movie added a random white reporter that interacted with the original characters. Also, the dub is terrible. The original Japanese version is pure and serious and does not hide the fact that the American atomic bomb caused irreparable consequences on the Japanese. The Gojira monster itself is a manifestation of a burn victim from the massive atomic bomb that fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In the movie, the Gojira monster is an ancient monster that came to exact its revenge on land dwellers after nuclear testing forced him to find food on land. The movie revolves around a young man that dates the daughter of Japan’s most renown paleontologist. He eventually leads the forefront in fighting the monster with the help of an estranged scientist who develops a weapon even deadlier than the atomic bomb. He is hesitant to use it in fear that the wrong people may acquire it and use it in war. The young man eventually convinces him to use the weapon on the monster and they eventually kill Gojira.