Our next entry in the Vault is the original Godzilla, known as Shodai-Goji among fans (at least the suit is). As a consequence of the radically different portrayals of Godzilla across the years, there will be around ten total Godzilla incarnations discussed in the Vault.
The original Godzilla represents a dark and serious take on the monstrous. Indeed, the original 1954 Japanese cut of the film can easily be described as a horror film. This Godzilla has a personality that boils down to one single emotion: blind rage. A product of American nuclear testing in Pacific, the monster was conceived of as a metaphor for the destruction of World War II, the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the ongoing destruction brought on Japan (and the world) by the nuclear arms race.
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