A Critical History and Filmography of Toho's Godzilla Series

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A Critical History and Filmography of Toho's Godzilla Series
A Critical History and Filmography of Toho's Godzilla Series
Author(s) David Kalat
Publisher McFarland
Publish date January 1, 1997
(First Edition)
July 29, 2010
(2nd Edition)
Genre Filmography,
ISBN First Edition
ISBN-10: 0786403004
ISBN-13: 978-0786403004
Second Edition
ISBN-10: 0786447494
ISBN-13: 978-0786447497

A Critical History and Filmography of Toho's Godzilla Series is a historical filmography book that analyzes the Godzilla series written by David Kalat.


This thoroughly updated and revised critical account of the Godzilla movie franchise explores the fascinating story behind Japan's most famous movie monster and its development from black-and-white arthouse allegory to international commercial juggernaut. Reviled by critics but boasting a dedicated cult following, the films of the Godzilla franchise provide a unique window into the national identities of both Japan]and the United States. This work focuses on how differences in American and Japanese culture, as well as differences in their respective film industries, underlie the discrepancies between the American and Japanese versions of the films. It features detailed filmographic data for both the American and Japanese versions of each film, including plot synopses, cast, credits, and detailed production notes.


Kalat delves into the history and technical wizardry used to achieve these films, why they are so popular with moviegoers despite being reviled by some critics and the tonal differences of the American and Japanese versions of the films. The book also features filmographic data of each film in chronological order and an analysis of the Japanese film industry versus Hollywood to help convey the timeless quality of Godzilla against contemporary filming.


Preface to the New Edition


A Note on the Text

Part One: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1954-1963)

  • G for Giant
  • Gojira
  • Godzilla Conquers America
  • Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
  • Godzilla Raids Again
  • Rodan
  • Varan the Unbelievable
  • Mothra
  • King Kong vs. Godzilla
  • Tsuburaya Enterprises

Part Two: Monsterland (1964-1969)

  • Mothra vs. Godzilla
  • Ghidrah, The Three-Headed Monster
  • Invasion of Astro-Monster
  • Monsters Inc.
  • Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster
  • Son of Godzilla
  • Destroy All Monsters
  • All Monsters Attack

Part Three: Something Funny's Going On (1970-1975)

  • Survival of the Silliest
  • Godzilla vs. Hedorah
  • Godzilla vs. Gigan
  • Godzilla vs. Ultraman
  • Godzilla vs. Megalon
  • Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
  • Terror of Mechagodzilla
  • The Crook, the Geek, the Reporter, and His Lover

Part Four: The Return of Godzilla (1977-1995)

  • Waiting for Godzilla
  • The Return of Godzilla
  • Godzilla 1985
  • Godzilla vs. Biollante
  • Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
  • Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth
  • Godzilla vs. the Gryphon
  • Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II
  • Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
  • Godzilla vs. Destoroyah

Part Five: The Godzilla Millennium (1998-2005)

  • Godzilla vs. Godzilla
  • Godzilla
  • Godzilla 2000
  • Godzilla x. Megaguirus
  • Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack
  • Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
  • Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S
  • Godizilla Final Wars


Chapter Notes



  • Mogu's name is misspelled as "Mog."


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