February 2, 2018
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Monthly Classics past event

Directing Godzilla: The Life of Filmmaker Ishiro Honda
Wednesday, February 21, 6:30 PM

Friday, February 2, 7 PM

SOLD OUT. A waitlist will begin one hour prior to the screening at the Box Office. Being on the waitlist does not guarantee admission.

The seminal classic that introduced the world to kaiju eiga and everyone’s favorite city-stomping radioactive monster. Directed by Ishiro Honda, Godzilla provided the ultimate allegory for post-war nuclear anxiety through the story of a prehistoric sea creature rampaging through Tokyo after being awakened by underwater H-bomb testing. A domestic box office hit that went on to enrapture international audiences and spawn over two dozen sequels and countless imitations, the original film still retains the power to inspire awe in its evocation of humanity’s confrontation with the ever-present threat of nuclear annihilation.

1954, 96 min., DCP, b&w, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Ishiro Honda. With Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi, Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura.

Tickets: $13/$10 seniors & students / $5 Japan Society members

Special Offer: If you purchased tickets to the Godzilla screening, present your ticket or proof of purchase at the Box Office to save $2 on the Directing Godzilla: The Life of Filmmaker Ishiro Honda talk.

Part of Monthly Classics
Year-round screenings of beloved classics, hidden gems and recent discoveries of Japanese cinema. Only $5 for Japan society members!

Box Office Policy

  • Friday, February 2, 2018
  • 7:00 pm