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    Godzilla's Counterattack (U.S.Title Gigantis the Fire Monster ) (Toho, 1955). Japanese B0 (40" X 58").
    In the wake of the enormous success of Gojira (1954, released in the U.S. in 1956 as Godzilla, King of the Monsters), Toho studios immediately set about producing this sequel. This time, Gojira comes ashore near Osaka, where he battles another giant monster, Anguiras. Where the first film was an eloquent metaphor for the atomic bombing the Japanese suffered at the end of World War II, this more subtle, more heartfelt film pays tribute to the Japanese spirit, recognizing the populace's courage in facing tragedy, and rebuilding in the face of utter devastation, embodied here by the employees of a small tuna fishery. Unfortunately, when the film was dubbed - with George Takei, Star Trek's Mr. Sulu, providing one of the voices - and recut for Western audiences (released here in America as Gigantis the Fire Monster in 1959), much of this message was lost, resulting in a film that even the most ardent dai kaiju-philes find disappointing. Be that as it may, the original film, represented here by this breathtaking, and extremely rare, poster, is a finely-crafted picture that imparts a strong and important message. The B0 format - basically made up of two B1's - was only used to promote important releases, and thus is one of the toughest formats to find for Japanese films. This wonderful country-of-origin example, with a great image of both Gojira and Anguiras, has some light edge wear, a corner bend in the bottom left, and some very light creasing at the top, but is otherwise in superb condition. Original paper from these early Gojira films is highly sought by collectors worldwide; this may very well be one of the very rarest of them all. If only the rarest of the rare is good enough for you, this poster deserves your utmost consideration. Very Fine-.


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