International Title
Japanese Title
Production: Toho
Distributor: Toho Japan: 1954
  Time: 96 minutes
Initial US Title
 Godzilla, King of the Monsters
US Distributor: Trans World (1956) Time: 80 minutes
Alternate Movie Titles:
Godzilla: Monster of the Sea [Sweden]
Japan: Under the Terror of the Monster [Spain]
The Monster of the Pacific Ocean [Portugal]

Box Office - Stock Footage - DVDs - CDs - Pictures - Concept Art - Cut Scenes - Reviews

A fishing vessel is mysteriously destroyed at sea. A sent rescue ship is also sunk, decimated after a flash of light. Odo Island, nearby to the disasters and who radiation stricken survivors wash ashore before dying, warn of "Godzilla": a giant monster. Shortly afterwards, something visits Odo Island and causes mass damage. The Japanese government send a research group to the area. They find a mammoth footprint which is radioactive. The discovery is interrupted by an alarm, as the villagers run to the hill in time to see the head of Godzilla above the mountain. Hearing of the beast, the Japanese military sends their fleet to the vicinity and begins using depth charges in an effort to kill it. News spreads, and the general public rejoices at the monster's death, before it rises out of the sea heading toward Tokyo...

Directed by Ishiro Honda
Writing credits Ishiro Honda, Shigeru Kayama, Takeo Murata
Produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka
Music by Akira Ifukube
Cinematography by Masao Tamai
Film Editing by Yasunobu Taira
Production Design by Satoshi Chuko, Takeo Kita
Assistant Director Koji Kajita
Director of Special Effects Eiji Tsuburaya
Hideto Ogata Akira Takarada
Emiko Yamane Momoko Kochi
Daisuke Serizawa, Doctor Akihiko Hirata
Kyohei Yamane, Doctor Takashi Shimura
Tabata, Doctor Fuyuki Murakami
Hagiwara, Reporter Sachio Sakai
President of Nankai Shipping Company Toranosuke Ogawa
Masaji, Fisherman Ren Yamamoto
Chairman of Diet Committee Miki Hayashi
Chief of Emergency Headquarters Takeo Oikawa
Oyama Seijiro Onda
Shinkichi's Mother Tsuruko Mano
Shinkichi Toyoaki Suzuki
Gisaku Kokuten Kodo
Ozawa Kin Sugai
Reporter Tadashi Okabe
Radio Operator Ren Imaizumi
Power Substation Engineer Junpei Natsuki
Man Aboard Ship Kenji Sahara
Hagiwara's Editor Katsumi Tezuka
Newspaperman Haruo Nakajima
Monster Appearances Aliens, SDF, Misc
Godzilla Oxygen Destroyer, M24 Chaffee Tank, F86F Saber Jet, 155mm Howitzer M1, Sikorsky H-19 Helicopter


Box Office
Release Date: November 3rd, 1954 (Japan)
Budget: ¥64,000,000 / $900,000 (Rough Figure)
Marketing: ¥37,000,000 / $600,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)
Attendance: 9,610,000 (Japan)
Total: ¥152,000,000 / $2,250,000 (Japan, Rough Figure)

Release Date: April 27th, 1956 (US)
Lease: $25,000 (From Toho in 1956)
Initial Total: $2,000,000 (US, Rough Figure)
Release Date: May 7th, 2004 (US, Re-Issue)
Opening Weekend: $38,030 (US, Re-Issue, 2 Theaters)
Re-Issue Total: $412,520 (US)

DVDs and Blu-Ray
Region 1 Godzilla, King of the Monsters Simitar (1998) Order
Region 1 Godzilla, King of the Monsters Classic Media (2002) Order
Region 1 Gojira - Godzilla Classic Media (2006) Order
Region 1 Godzilla Criterion (2012) Order
Region 2 Godzilla Toho (2001)
Region 2 Godzilla Bfi (2006) Order
Region 4 Godzilla: 50th Anniversary Edition Madman (2004) Order
Blu-Ray Godzilla Toho (2009)
Blu-Ray Gojira - Godzilla Classic Media (2009) Order
Blu-Ray Godzilla Criterion (2011) Order

CD Soundtracks

Godzilla + Rodan

Concept Art

Cut Scenes

Godzilla Eats a Cow

Godzilla Eats a Cow

When the village alarm bell tolls, everyone is forced to flee to the hills, believing that high ground would protect them from the oncoming terror. Running to the hilltop, the crowds of terrified populace were confronted by the image of a demon that rose over the ridge. Grasping a dead cow in its powerful maw, Godzilla had shown the world that he existed.

This cut scene was filmed with the intention of replacing the, now famous, introduction of Godzilla over the hill top. The scene was cut by special effects guru Eiji Tsuburaya, who felt the effect looked unconvincing. In order to be visible, the cow would have to be over 5 meters in contrast with Godzilla, throwing off a sense of proportion with the title monster. So, the shot was redone with just Godzilla coming over the ridge, and roaring down menacingly at the humans below. As a side note: no footage of this scene is believed to still exist to this day, and only very few pictures prove its existence.


Miles Imhoff [Trans World] Star Rating
January 18, 2006
J.L. Carrozza Star Rating
June 17, 2009
Patrick Galvan Star Rating
November 9, 2014