Godzilla: The Start of His Story

A 12-meter tall Godzilla replica head is seen on the 8th floor terrace of the Hotel Gracery Shinjuku on April 15, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images

When Godzilla first hit the big screen, there was no intention that it would launch a film franchise that would run for decades. Director Ishiro Honda intended to make a film warning of the dangers of nuclear testing and man's relationship with nature.

Holly's Research:

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Topics in this Podcast: entertainment history, 20th century, Japanese history, World War II, nuclear weapons, film history, Asian history