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July 25, 2012

27 Rare and Fascinating Behind the Scenes Photos From the Making of the First 'Godzilla' Movie

Godzilla first hit the screens in 1954. The iconic towering kaiju was created by Japanese film producer Tomoyuki Tanaka, director Ishirō Honda and special effects artist Eiji Tsuburaya. Tanaka wanted to create a monster that represented natures revenge on mankind for the horrors of nuclear war, to symbolize the abject terror that the Japanese people felt after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. Although in some later films Godzilla became the eponymous hero, saving humanity from a greater threat than himself.

Godzilla is often referred to as the “King of the Monsters”, a phrase derived from the full American title Godzilla, King of the Monsters! And as far as film monsters go, the huge dinosaur like reptilian has truly gone down in cult cinema history as one of the most iconic monsters of all time. Actor Haruo Nakajima, was the original man in the giant rubber costume. He played Godzilla from the 1950s in the early 1970s. Stomping around miniature sets, crushing all in his path.

A peak behind the scenes shows us the fun the film-makers had while making the Godzilla series of films. And how the Japanese quickly took Godzilla to their hearts. Here is presented a montage album of candid photographs, showing the fun-side of the mega monster. From hanging out on set, to playing guitar at a (Japanese) Hawaiian luau, and handing out Christmas gifts to Japanese school children.
































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