is the original Japanese version, which the Raymond
Burr version was loosely based on.

This one has an all Japanese cast, with a more than usually
active pretty girl and three scientists, of varying degrees of
madness, but none of them evil.

It was made only 9 years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the
characters’ struggle with the idea of a weapon of mass
destruction, even in the face of a monster dealing out mass
destruction is inspiring.

The older scientist who wants to try to communicate with
the monster even though everyone else is trying to figure out ways
to kill it should have remained a stock character in monster
movies, and for some reason didn’t. Probably for the same reason he gets ignored in this movie.


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