out to sea, several Japanese merchant ships are mysteriously
destroyed in the Pacific Ocean. Most of the crews are
lost in the incidents, but a few manage to reach the
nearby Odo Island before dyeing of radiation poisoning.
An investigation is then launched to the island to uncover
what could have caused the destruction of the vessels.
Once there, the research team begins to hear of the
local legends that speak of a giant monster that the
natives have dubbed Godzilla. Exploring the surrounding
area, the team and everyone in the village soon learn
the truth, as the creature is quite real and is apparently
a dinosaur awakened and mutated by nuclear tests.
Shortly afterwards, Godzilla leaves the vicinity of
Odo Island and makes his way to Japan. Arriving in Tokyo,
the monster manages to destroy the entire city as the
attempts of the self defense force prove futile. Godzilla
then retreats back into the water, leaving the city
in ruins with thousands of people left dead or dying.
Witnessing the destruction, a scientist by the name
of Daisuke Serizawa is reluctantly convinced by his
fiance Emiko to use a weapon the doctor had created.
Called the Oxygen Destroyer, the device is capable of
splitting oxygen atoms into a fluid before disintegrating
the molecules, allowing it to completely wipe out exposed
forms of life. Destroying all of his notes to ensure
the device is never recreated, the doctor insists upon
being the one to use the Oxygen Destroyer against Godzilla.
The plan ends up being a success, as Godzilla is disintegrated
while underwater, but Serizawa also commits suicide
to seal the device's fate and ensure it may never be
was a concept proposed by The
War in Space (1977) writer Ryuzo Nakanishi in
June of 1978. Titled King of the Monsters: Rebirth
of Godzilla, with the first portion of the title
in English and the second in Japanese, the production
was to be a remake of the original 1954 Godzilla film.
The concept struck a cord with producer Tomoyuki
Tanaka, as a more complete draft was commissioned.
This second stage of production had both Nakanishi and
writer Akira Murao, who did the Kill! (1968)
screenplay, at work on developing the concept, and was
submitted on October 22nd, 1978. Jun
Fukuda was set to direct the movie, but for whatever
reason the project never came to pass. Given the very
late draft submission, it's also worth noting that this
film was possibly going to be slated for a 1979 release
instead, unless the project itself ran behind schedule
early on and was axed for that reason.