A documentary film by Jonathan Bellés

In Japan, the atomic threat directly influenced the creation of Kaiju Eiga, Giant Monsters Movies. The first Kaiju Eiga film was 1954’s Godzilla.

Covering more than six decades, there have been several generations of filmmakers showing the monster in different ways and through different landscapes, being true to one golden rule: the relationship between Godzilla and the atomic bomb. But, what is the origin of this binomial relationship, and how has it evolved throughout its more than sixty years of history?


Discover this story through interviews with more than twenty filmmakers, actors and film experts around the world that

have worked on the Godzilla movies from 1954.

Akira Takarada

Haruo Nakajima

(1929-2017) He was the suit actor who embodied the first Godzilla in a costume. He interpreted Godzilla in a minimum of 12 movies and also more than two dozens of other monsters by Toho between 1954 and 1972.

Kenpachiro Satsuma

(1947) is an actor who started as a suit actor, who embodied several of the adversaries of Godzilla, until in 1984 when he became Godzilla. He is passionate about Godzilla and continued to embody Godzilla until 1995, when Godzilla died.

Shusuke Kaneko

(1955), is an acclaimed Japanese cinema director who is widely known for being the author of one of the best Kaiju Eiga movies of contemporary cinema. Kaneko's Godzilla is an irrational response to WWII and a symbol of oblivion.


Koichi Kawakita

(1942-2014), was a widely respected special effects director of Japanese Cinema who had worked on dozens of Godzilla movies, from King Kong versus Godzilla (1962) when he was the assistant of Eiji Tsuburaya, until his final movie Godzilla versus Destroyah in 1995, in which the death of Godzilla is displayed.

Yoshikazu Ishii

Director of TV series such as Ultraman Ginga.

He tells us about the drastic influence of the apparition of TV in the 1960s on Japanese cinema.

Eiichi Asada

(1949) is the special effects director who has worked on the most recent Godzilla productions. His filmography includes the last 3 completed movies on the monster. His testimony is interesting to understand how contemporary Godzilla movies are made.

Teruyoshi Nakano

(1935) is a special effects director of Kaiju Eiga movies. He worked under Eiji Tsuburaya in the 50s and 60s and was responsible for the special effects in the film Godzilla of 1984.

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The Statements made by the interview subjects in this documentary film reflect the recollections and opinions of such individuals and do not necessarily reflect the views of the filmmakers.


Year of production: 2012 - 2019

Country: Spain

Languages: Japanese, French, English and Spanish

Subtitles: Japanese, English and Spanish

Filming Locations: Japan, Spain, Germany and Canada


Runtime: 50 min approx.

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 HD

Sound Mix: Mono

(1934), is a highly respected Japanese actor whose career saw an incredible boost when being the principal actor in Godzilla (1954). He was starring in several Godzilla movies in the 90s and in a film that commemorates the 50th anniversary of Godzilla, Godzilla: Final Wars (2004).

Screenings and Film Festivals

Main Crew

Director, Scriptwriter and Producer: JONATHAN BELLÉS

Associate Producer: SÉGOLÈNE LACOURTE

Original Soundtrack: DAMIÁN SÁNCHEZ

Supervising Editor: JOSÉ LUIS ROMEU


Translators & Interpreters: DANIEL AGUILAR and SAHOKO ABE

Secretary Producers: DAVID MUÑOZ and  FERNANDO GARCÍA

Akira Takarada · Haruo Nakajima · Kenpachiro Satsuma · Shusuke Kaneko · Akira Kubo· Hiroshi Koizumi · Kazuki Ohmori · Koichi Kawakita · Maasaki Tezuka · Yoshikazu Ishii · Alain Vézina · Daniel Aguilar · Eiichi Asada · Teruyoshi Nakano · Makoto Inoue · Norihiro Kato · Toshio Takahashi

Tomoo Haraguchi · Shinji Higuchi · José Luis Sanz · CARLOS AGUILAR · Ángel Sala

Full Cast




Instituto Cervantes Tokio

April, 2nd 2019 - 6:30 pm, Tokyo, Japan


日時 2019年4月 2 日(火)18:30時〜

場所 インスティトゥト・セルバンテス東京


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JAPAN SUD EXPO (France), March 1st, 2020


ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF BARCELONA (Spain), Sección OFF, October 18th and 26th, 2019 and January 25th, 2020


MANGA BARCELONA (Spain), November 3rd, 2019


ISLA CALAVERA - Festival Internacional de Cine Fantástico de Canarias (Spain), Sección oficial, November 30th, 2019


FANTASTIC'S FILM FESTIVAL (Castellón de la plana, Spain), Official Section and BEST DOCUMENTARY 2019, November 2nd, 2019


NOCTURNA - Festival Internacional de Cine Fantástico de Madrid (Spain), Sección Panorama, October 24th, 2019




INDIE VISIONS FILM FESTIVAL (United States), Official Section, September 30th, 2019