Godzilla (1954)Original poster design // Daniel Huntley
Prints // shop

When a number of ships are mysteriously sunk off the coast of Odo Island, the government sends an expedition, led by palaeontologist Kyohei Yemani (Takashi Shimura), to investigate. It is here where his team first catch sight of what the villagers call ‘Godzilla’ – a 50m high dinosaur-like creature, who, Yemani posits, has been disturbed from its deep water habitat by recent hydrogen bomb tests. The monster soon embarks on a rampage that threatens to destroy Tokyo…

Ishiro Honda, Japan 1954, 93mins

“Rarely has the open wound of widespread devastation been transposed to celluloid with greater visceral impact”
-Slant Magazine

“A masterpiece: even in its most generic elements, it’s never just a monster movie, but a fantastic depiction of how humans survive and struggle”
-Agony and Ecstasy

“A pioneering behemoth in the history of Japanese cinema, leaving giant footprints in its trail that many have followed but few have filled so impressively”
-Eye for Film

“A collective metaphor and a collective nightmare, a message film that says more than its message, that captures, with a horrified poetry, the terrors that stomped through the minds of people 50 years ago”
-San Francisco Chronicle

Where: The Duke of Wellington, 119 Balls Pond Road, N1 4BL
When: Thursday 11th December 2014, 6:30pm (doors) / 8:00pm (start)
Tickets: £5 door, £4 advance via The Space Merchants
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