Godzilla, or Gojira, has been one of the most enduring and iconic kaiju (Japanese giant monsters) in popular culture. Undoubtedly, the monster created by the atomic bomb explosion has captured the imagination of people around the world.
The fiery radioactive animal, the poignant embodiment of the fear of the entire population, became a beloved international symbol of destruction, spawning nearly thirty sequels.
The film was directed by Ishiro Honda, with special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya. It stars Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi, Akihiko Hirata, and Godzilla along with Takashi Shimura, Haruo Nakajima, and Katsumi Tezuka.
In the film, Japanese officials deal with the sudden appearance of a giant monster, whose attacks raise fears of a nuclear holocaust during post-war Japan.