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Directed by Ishirô Honda

Japan 1954 96 mins.

In this first outing of “the King of All Monsters,” the postwar anxieties of Japan are made flesh when nuclear testing by Americans leads to a massive, reptilian kaiju (“strange beast”) rampaging through the streets of Tokyo. Reedited in 1956 for American release with Raymond Burr cut in as a white savior figure, we present the original 1954 Japanese edition of the film, directed by Akira Kurosawa’s friend and collaborator Ishirô Honda. “A sober allegory of a film with ambitions as large as its thrice-normal budget, designed to shock and horrify an adult audience.”—Tim Martin, The Telegraph

Arrive early for food, drinks and music from DJ Eldorado of Ballin’ the Jack!

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