“Godzilla – The Soul of Japan” takes a deep dive into why the original Godzilla film, directed by Ishirō Honda, was much more than a monster film. The 1954 film was a metaphor for the Hiroshima bombings, with the producer Tomoyuki Tanaka saying “The theme of the film, from the beginning, was the terror of the bomb. Mankind had created the bomb, and now nature was going to take revenge on mankind.”
The video also points out key visual tells throughout the film – such as the fact that the original Godzilla costume had a grooved body designed to be reminiscent of the survivors of the atomic bombing – amongst several other interesting facts. Watch the video above to see the story of Godzilla and his evolution throughout the years.