One of the most famous movie monsters of all time returns to the big screen

May 15, 2014 | By Glenn Greenberg

The giant monster Godzilla makes his way through San Francisco in a scene from the new film Godzilla.

Rated PG-13 

Release Date May 16

Directed by Gareth Edwards

Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston

The saga of Godzilla began in 1954, when the first movie was produced and released in Japan. It told the story of a giant prehistoric creature awakened by nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean. The creature emerged from the sea and smashed his way through the city of Tokyo. The film was a monster success in Japan and was released in the United States in 1956. American audiences lined up to see “Big G” in action and made the film a hit in this country too. Sixty years after his debut, Godzilla is known and loved around the world. Now he’s back in a new movie—his 30th big-screen adventure. Will the monster be a threat to humanity, or will he defend us from an even greater danger?   

The latest film presents a new version of Godzilla’s origins, and gives him other powerful monsters to battle. Instead of his usual stomping grounds in Japan, this time he shows up in San Francisco, California. Who let him into the U.S. without a passport?                

Did You Know?

All but two of the 30 Godzilla movies were made in Japan. The new film and a 1998 movie with the same title were both made in the U.S. In the Japanese-made films, Godzilla is played by an actor in a heavy rubber suit. In the American-made films, “Big G” is a computer-generated special effect.