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Tomoyuki Tanaka’s monster creation in 1954 was born out of the terror and devastation that gripped Japan after World War II. Specifically the atomic bombing of cities Hiroshima and Nagaski and the radioactive wasteland left behind.

Godzilla echoed a nation’s fury as the monster emerged, leaving a path of destruction not only in the water on ships passing in the night, destroying party boats and precious goods, but also on coastal towns, remote villages, resorts, and the capital city of Tokyo.

Gojira—half gorilla, half whale--(Godzilla) was revealed as the result of nuclear weapons testing. The monster’s attacks left scores dead in the streets of Japan, hospitals overflowing with the critically injured, and more suffering from radiation poisoning; much like the picture of the nation, immediately after the Second World War.

The fury and destruction return Friday, May 16, 2014.

Max Borenstein (Law and Order) and Dave Callaham (The Expendables) writers.

Directed by Gareth Edwards (Hiroshima, UFO’s: The Secret Evidence)

Starring: Bryan Cranston (Argo), Richard T. Jones (Hawaii Five-O, Nikita), Ken Watanabe as Dr. Ichiro Serizawa, Sally Hawkins, Yuki Morita and Kevin O'Grady.

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