History Film / Gojira

21st Jun '16 12:46:59 PM Mdumas43073
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In TheFifties, UsefulNotes/ColdWar tensions were high, monsters created or awakening a monster by nuclear explosions was a thing, and the monster could be defeated in a scientific way. ''Gojira[=/=]Godzilla'' introduces a new type of radioactive monstrosity in a new, darker way...

'''''Gojira''''' (or '''''Godzilla''''' for English-speaking viewers), is a black and white {{kaiju}} {{tokusatsu}} film directed by Creator/IshiroHonda in 1954 and the first film of the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' franchise.

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In TheFifties, UsefulNotes/ColdWar tensions were high, movie monsters [[NuclearNasty created or awakening a monster awakened by nuclear explosions was explosions]] were a thing, and the monster could be defeated in a scientific way. ''Gojira[=/=]Godzilla'' introduces a new type of radioactive monstrosity in a new, darker way...

'''''Gojira''''' ''Gojira'' (or '''''Godzilla''''' ''Godzilla'' for English-speaking viewers), is a black and white {{kaiju}} {{tokusatsu}} film directed by Creator/IshiroHonda in 1954 and the first film of the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' franchise.
21st Jun '16 12:45:27 PM Mdumas43073
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->''Bombs vs. bombs. Missiles vs. missiles. And now a new superweapon to throw upon us all. As a scientist, no, as a human being, I cannot allow that to happen.''

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->''Bombs ->''"Bombs vs. bombs. Missiles vs. missiles. And now a new superweapon to throw upon us all. As a scientist, no, as a human being, I cannot allow that to happen.''"''



->''I can't believe Godzilla was the [[LastOfHisKind last member of his species]]. [[SubvertedTrope But]] if we continue to conduct nuclear tests, [[ThereIsAnother another Godzilla]] may appear, somewhere in the world again.''

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->''I ->''"I can't believe Godzilla was the [[LastOfHisKind last member of his species]]. [[SubvertedTrope But]] if we continue to conduct nuclear tests, [[ThereIsAnother another Godzilla]] may appear, somewhere in the world again.''"''



In the 1950's, UsefulNotes/ColdWar tensions were high, monsters created or awakening a monster by nuclear explosions was a thing, and the monster could be defeated in a scientific way. ''Gojira[=/=]Godzilla'' introduces a new type of radioactive monstrosity in a new, darker way...

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In the 1950's, TheFifties, UsefulNotes/ColdWar tensions were high, monsters created or awakening a monster by nuclear explosions was a thing, and the monster could be defeated in a scientific way. ''Gojira[=/=]Godzilla'' introduces a new type of radioactive monstrosity in a new, darker way...
17th Feb '16 12:17:58 PM Kervinle2500
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->"I can't believe Godzilla was the [[LastOfHisKind last member of his species]]. [[SubvertedTrope But]] if we continue to conduct nuclear tests, [[ThereIsAnother another Godzilla]] may appear, somewhere in the world again."
-->-- '''Dr. Kyohei Yamane, closing the film

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->"I ->''I can't believe Godzilla was the [[LastOfHisKind last member of his species]]. [[SubvertedTrope But]] if we continue to conduct nuclear tests, [[ThereIsAnother another Godzilla]] may appear, somewhere in the world again."
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-->-- '''Dr. Kyohei Yamane, Yamane''', closing the film
17th Feb '16 12:17:06 PM Kervinle2500
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-->-- '''Dr. Serizawa''' after his Oxygen Destroyer ends up being revealed to Ogata

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-->-- '''Dr. Daisuke Serizawa''' after his Oxygen Destroyer ends up being is revealed to Ogata
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->"I can't believe Godzilla was the [[LastOfHisKind last member of his species]]. [[SubvertedTrope But]] if we continue to conduct nuclear tests, [[ThereIsAnother another Godzilla]] may appear, somewhere in the world again."
-->-- '''Dr. Kyohei Yamane, closing the film
15th Dec '15 8:54:32 AM DemonDuckofDoom
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* AntagonistTitle: ''Gojira''

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* AntagonistTitle: ''Gojira'' refers to Godzilla, who's the villain here.
10th Dec '15 5:28:30 AM Kervinle2500
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[[caption-width-right:220: The original horror...]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:220: The original horror...]]]]
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9th Dec '15 11:17:01 PM Kervinle2500
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[[caption-width-right:220: [[OhCrap And... we're screwed...]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:220: [[OhCrap And... we're screwed...The original horror...]]]]
9th Dec '15 3:29:42 AM Kervinle2500
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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Godzilla is killed, but at the cost of Dr. Serizawa's life. He destroyed his notes, so there's no more Oxygen Destroyer option if another Godzilla were to come around.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Godzilla The most famous one in Japanese cinema. Godzilla is killed, but at the cost of Dr. Serizawa's life. He destroyed his notes, so there's no more Oxygen Destroyer option if another Godzilla were to come around.]]
4th Dec '15 11:10:46 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* DownerEnding: [[sppiler:Godzilla is killed, but at the cost of Dr. Serizawa's life. He destroyed his notes, so there's no more Oxygen Destroyer option if another Godzilla were to come around.]]
* DoomedHometown [=/=] WatchingTroyBurn [=/=] TheTokyoFireball: Geez, talk about fitting 3 tropes in one movie. Tokyo is utterly destroyed by Godzilla while its survivors literally watch it burn. It actually would make you cringe since it would remind you of what happened to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Surprisingly. In contrast to the later films, ''Godzilla'' is perhaps the most depressing piece of work ever written in Japanese cinema, to the point of cynicism. Unlike the later sequels, there's a very clear anti-war and anti-nuclear message written over it. And this is made by the man who saw the aftermath of Hiroshima, and considered to be the ''best'' film of the franchise.

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* DownerEnding: [[sppiler:Godzilla [[spoiler:Godzilla is killed, but at the cost of Dr. Serizawa's life. He destroyed his notes, so there's no more Oxygen Destroyer option if another Godzilla were to come around.]]
* DoomedHometown [=/=] WatchingTroyBurn [=/=] TheTokyoFireball: Geez, talk about fitting 3 tropes in one movie. Tokyo is utterly destroyed by Godzilla while its survivors literally watch it burn. It actually would make you cringe since it would remind you of what happened to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Surprisingly. In contrast to the later films, ''Godzilla'' is perhaps the most depressing piece of work ever written in Japanese cinema, to the point of cynicism. Unlike the later sequels, there's a very clear anti-war and anti-nuclear message written over it. And this This is made by the man who saw the aftermath of Hiroshima, and considered to be the ''best'' film of the franchise.



* HappilyAdopted: Somewhat, given the fact that Godzilla killed Shinkichi's mother and brother. Now he's Emiko's adopted brother, and doesn't mind being their new son. In ''Godzilla vs. Destoroyah'', he really does seemed to get along with his adopted father in his picture with Dr. Yamane.

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* HappilyAdopted: Somewhat, given the fact that Godzilla killed Shinkichi's mother and brother. Now he's Emiko's adopted brother, and doesn't mind being their new son. In ''Godzilla vs. Destoroyah'', he really does seemed to get along with his adopted father in his picture with Dr. Yamane.



* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Daisuke Serizawa, one of the scientists involved in the story, is actually aware that Emiko Yamane is with Ogata the whole time. Even he knows she's inseparable with the man. During the climax, [[spoiler: he willingly sacrifices himself so that Emiko and Ogata would be together. (Also to prevent his knowledge of the Oxygen Destroyer from falling into the wrong hands)]].

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* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Daisuke Serizawa, one of the scientists involved in the story, is actually aware that Emiko Yamane is with Ogata the whole time. Even he knows she's inseparable with the man. During the climax, [[spoiler: he willingly sacrifices himself so that Emiko and Ogata would be together. (Also to prevent his knowledge of the Oxygen Destroyer from falling into the wrong hands)]].



* {{Leitmotif}}: The theme for the opening credits was ''not'' meant for Godzilla, but for the military. Both Godzilla and the JSDF have two themes.

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* {{Leitmotif}}: {{Leitmotif}}:
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The theme for the opening credits was ''not'' meant for Godzilla, but for the military. Both Godzilla and the JSDF have two themes.



* LoveTriangle: This is the first monster film (albeit a rather ''tragic [[{{Kaiju}} giant monster film]]'') to use such a trope. Serizawa's obviously in love with Emiko, while she herself is in love with Ogata. This is further complicated when Ogata ''asks'' Serizawa to use the Oxygen Destroyer rather than Emiko, and thus proving his point that humans want to use any one superweapon to be used, despite a living nuclear weapon practically '''destroyed''' their hometown. But Serizawa relents after the destruction of Tokyo, and the love triangle shifted to him going to "I want my beloved to be happy" phase.

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* LoveTriangle: This is the first monster film (albeit a rather ''tragic [[{{Kaiju}} giant monster film]]'') to use such a trope. Serizawa's obviously in love with Emiko, while she herself is in love with Ogata. This is further complicated when Ogata ''asks'' Serizawa to use the Oxygen Destroyer rather than Emiko, and thus proving his point that humans want to use any one superweapon to be used, superweapon, despite a living nuclear weapon practically '''destroyed''' '''destroying''' their hometown. But Serizawa relents after the destruction of Tokyo, and the love triangle shifted to him going to the "I want my beloved to be happy" phase.



* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: Used in a horrifying level. During the typhoon scene as Shinkichi shouts to his brother, you can see the lower half of Godzilla on the upper left side of the screen as he destroys Masaji's house.
* MightyGlacier: Just look at that suit. In production, it's the heaviest and stiffest suit ever made (the prototype suit is ''200 pounds''). This works well with the plot, as Godzilla's attack in the second act serves as a rolling nuclear explosion slowly killing everything in his path. Future suits would be made for Godzilla to become a LightningBruiser in later sequels.
* MightyRoar: How Godzilla introduces himself to the Odo Island reseach team.

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* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: Used in a horrifying level. During the typhoon scene as Shinkichi shouts to his brother, you can see the lower half of Godzilla on the upper left side of the screen as he destroys Masaji's house.
* MightyGlacier: Just look at that suit. In production, it's the heaviest and stiffest suit ever made (the prototype suit is ''200 pounds''). This works well with the plot, as Godzilla's attack in the second act serves as a rolling nuclear explosion slowly killing everything in his path. Future suits would be made for Godzilla to become a LightningBruiser in later sequels.
LightningBruiser.
* MightyRoar: How Godzilla introduces himself to the Odo Island reseach team.team with that (soon to be) iconic monster roar.



* NotSoDifferent: If you think the Japanese is heavily afflicted by the atomic bombs, then Godzilla isn't so different. In the climax, Godzilla looks peaceful and it's apparent that he just want to be left alone. Cue the fact that Godzilla ends up a ''TragicMonster''.

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* NotSoDifferent: If you think the Japanese is are heavily afflicted by the atomic bombs, then Godzilla isn't so different. In the climax, Godzilla looks peaceful and it's apparent that he just want to be left alone. Cue the fact that Godzilla ends up a ''TragicMonster''.



** MassOhCrap: In the Odo Island scene, the villagers were scurrying to fight off the monster (apparently, they don't know how huge the thing is). While Dr. Yamane saw the monster, the whole village ran back down after seeing Godzilla.

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** MassOhCrap: In the Odo Island scene, the villagers were scurrying to fight off the monster (apparently, they don't know how huge the thing is). While Dr. Yamane saw the monster, the whole village ran back down after seeing Godzilla.



* ReluctantMadScientist: Though not necessarily "mad", Serizawa relunctantly decided to use the Oxygen Destroy afer seeing the destruction Godzilla caused. Though he intends to use the Oxygen Destroyer once, his [[HeroicSacrifice heroic sacrifice]] is foreshadowed in an eariler scene when [[spoiler: he clearly states that he'd burn his notes at the event of his death]].

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* ReluctantMadScientist: Though not necessarily "mad", Serizawa relunctantly decided to use the Oxygen Destroy Destroyer afer seeing the destruction Godzilla caused. Though he intends to use the Oxygen Destroyer once, his [[HeroicSacrifice heroic sacrifice]] is foreshadowed in an eariler scene when [[spoiler: he clearly states that he'd burn his notes at the event of his death]].



* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Leans ''very'' hard on the cynicism, as all the tropes tells you, and it stays that way for the remainder of the film.

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* %%* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: Leans ''very'' hard on the cynicism, as all the tropes tells you, and it stays that way for the remainder of the film.cynicism.



* WarIsHell: One of the several hidden messages behind this film. The film was made during post-war Japan, 9 years since the first [[UsefulNotes/AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki atomic bombing on Hiroshima]], but now Japan had to contend with the Cold War since the nuclear incident with Castle Bravo and ''Lucky Dragon 5'', and we're not kidding, since it ''[[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory actually happened]]''. Let's not forget that Creator/IshiroHonda, the man behind the film, saw what the aftermath of Hiroshima to him, and it [[ShellShockedVeteran haunted him for the rest of his life]]. The climax illustrates this very well, and it shows.

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* WarIsHell: One of Godzilla is basically the several hidden messages behind this film.consequence of nuclear war; wide spread destruction, poisoning the water in his wake, militaries dying like flies. It's not glorious at all. The film was made during post-war Japan, 9 years since the first [[UsefulNotes/AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki atomic bombing on Hiroshima]], but now Japan had to contend with the Cold War since the nuclear incident with Castle Bravo and ''Lucky Dragon 5'', and we're not kidding, since it ''[[VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory actually happened]]''. Let's not forget that Creator/IshiroHonda, the man behind the film, saw what the aftermath of Hiroshima to him, and it [[ShellShockedVeteran haunted him for the rest of his life]]. The climax illustrates this very well, and it shows.
* WatchingTroyBurn: Tokyo is utterly destroyed by Godzilla while its survivors literally watch it burn. It would make you cringe since it would remind you of what happened to Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
26th Nov '15 10:57:38 PM Kervinle2500
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In the 1950's, UsefulNotes/ColdWar tensions were high, monsters created or awakening a monster by nuclear explosions was a thing, and the monster could be defeated in a scientific way. ''Gojira[=/=](Godzilla)'' introduces a new type of radioactive monstrosity in a new, darker way...

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In the 1950's, UsefulNotes/ColdWar tensions were high, monsters created or awakening a monster by nuclear explosions was a thing, and the monster could be defeated in a scientific way. ''Gojira[=/=](Godzilla)'' ''Gojira[=/=]Godzilla'' introduces a new type of radioactive monstrosity in a new, darker way...
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