A documentary film by Jonathan Bellés
In Japan, the atomic threat directly influenced the creation of Kaiju Eiga, Giant Monsters Movies. The first Kaiju Eiga film was 1954’s Godzilla.
Covering more than six decades, there have been several generations of filmmakers showing the monster in different ways and through different landscapes, being true to one golden rule: the relationship between Godzilla and the atomic bomb. But, what is the origin of this binomial relationship, and how has it evolved throughout its more than sixty years of history?
Discover this story through interviews with more than twenty filmmakers, actors and film experts around the world that
have worked on the Godzilla movies from 1954.
(1929-2017) He was the suit actor who embodied the first Godzilla in a costume. He interpreted Godzilla in a minimum of 12 movies and also more than two dozens of other monsters by Toho between 1954 and 1972.
(1947) is an actor who started as a suit actor, who embodied several of the adversaries of Godzilla, until in 1984 when he became Godzilla. He is passionate about Godzilla and continued to embody Godzilla until 1995, when Godzilla died.
(1955), is an acclaimed Japanese cinema director who is widely known for being the author of one of the best Kaiju Eiga movies of contemporary cinema. Kaneko's Godzilla is an irrational response to WWII and a symbol of oblivion.
(1942-2014), was a widely respected special effects director of Japanese Cinema who had worked on dozens of Godzilla movies, from King Kong versus Godzilla (1962) when he was the assistant of Eiji Tsuburaya, until his final movie Godzilla versus Destroyah in 1995, in which the death of Godzilla is displayed.
Director of TV series such as Ultraman Ginga.
He tells us about the drastic influence of the apparition of TV in the 1960s on Japanese cinema.
(1949) is the special effects director who has worked on the most recent Godzilla productions. His filmography includes the last 3 completed movies on the monster. His testimony is interesting to understand how contemporary Godzilla movies are made.
(1935) is a special effects director of Kaiju Eiga movies. He worked under Eiji Tsuburaya in the 50s and 60s and was responsible for the special effects in the film Godzilla of 1984.
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The Statements made by the interview subjects in this documentary film reflect the recollections and opinions of such individuals and do not necessarily reflect the views of the filmmakers.
Year of production: 2012 - 2019
Languages: Japanese, French, English and Spanish
Subtitles: Japanese, English and Spanish
Filming Locations: Japan, Spain, Germany and Canada
Runtime: 50 min approx.
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 HD
Sound Mix: Mono
(1934), is a highly respected Japanese actor whose career saw an incredible boost when being the principal actor in Godzilla (1954). He was starring in several Godzilla movies in the 90s and in a film that commemorates the 50th anniversary of Godzilla, Godzilla: Final Wars (2004).
Screenings and Film Festivals
Director, Scriptwriter and Producer: JONATHAN BELLÉS
Associate Producer: SÉGOLÈNE LACOURTE
Original Soundtrack: DAMIÁN SÁNCHEZ
Supervising Editor: JOSÉ LUIS ROMEU
Sound Designer: IRENE RAUSELL y JOAQUÍN GIMENO
Translators & Interpreters: DANIEL AGUILAR and SAHOKO ABE
Secretary Producers: DAVID MUÑOZ and FERNANDO GARCÍA
Akira Takarada · Haruo Nakajima · Kenpachiro Satsuma · Shusuke Kaneko · Akira Kubo· Hiroshi Koizumi · Kazuki Ohmori · Koichi Kawakita · Maasaki Tezuka · Yoshikazu Ishii · Alain Vézina · Daniel Aguilar · Eiichi Asada · Teruyoshi Nakano · Makoto Inoue · Norihiro Kato · Toshio Takahashi
Tomoo Haraguchi · Shinji Higuchi · José Luis Sanz · CARLOS AGUILAR · Ángel Sala
WORLDWIDE PREMIERE IN TOKYO
Instituto Cervantes Tokio
April, 2nd 2019 - 6:30 pm, Tokyo, Japan
日時 2019年４月 2 日（火）１8:30時〜
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JAPAN SUD EXPO (France), March 1st, 2020
ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF BARCELONA (Spain), Sección OFF, October 18th and 26th, 2019 and January 25th, 2020
MANGA BARCELONA (Spain), November 3rd, 2019
ISLA CALAVERA - Festival Internacional de Cine Fantástico de Canarias (Spain), Sección oficial, November 30th, 2019
FANTASTIC'S FILM FESTIVAL (Castellón de la plana, Spain), Official Section and BEST DOCUMENTARY 2019, November 2nd, 2019
NOCTURNA - Festival Internacional de Cine Fantástico de Madrid (Spain), Sección Panorama, October 24th, 2019
INDIE VISIONS FILM FESTIVAL (United States), Official Section, September 30th, 2019