1954 Japanese STB 20x57" (51x145cm)
Grade: Very Good to Fine
English title: Godzilla
Poster title: ゴジラ
Poster Year: 1954
Poster Origin: Japanese
Size: STB 20x57" (51x145cm)
Film title: ゴジラ
Film Year: 1954
Film Origin: Japan
Film Directors: Ishirô Honda
Film Plot: American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.
Grade: C5 Very Good to Fine. Tri-folded, single-sided. Theater used poster with minor handling/surface/edge wear. This poster presents MUCH nicer than it's grade would imply. The primary flaws are a small edge tear at the top, a small chip on the upper right, some light edge wear on the upper left, some very minor corner wear at the bottom, and a larger tear in the second Kanji character just below the scientists face. The tear was repaired with mending tissue on the verso and the two panels have also been pasted together. This poster is in beautiful unrestored condition, especially given its age and rarity.
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The term kaiju translates to “giant monster” or “strange beast” and has become synonymous with a wildly popular film genre in Japan. Interestingly, the Godzilla film series was inspired in-part by the 1952 re-release of “King Kong” in Japan followed quickly by “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms” in 1953. The Japanese title of the latter was “原子怪獣現わる”, which translates to “An Atomic Kaiju Appears”. Godzilla premiered in 1954 the rest, as they say, is history! 14 more kaiju films followed until the original Toho series ended in 1975 with Terror of Mechagodzilla. However, the series has been rebooted several times since and the series now boasts over 30 films and counting!
When Godzilla was released in 1954 it was played straight & had a very serious tone. To this day it remains one of the most influential science fiction/horror films in cinema history. The importance of this completely unrestored, first release, country-of-origin poster simply cannot be overstated. To my knowledge this STB has never surfaced at a prominent film poster auction!