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Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
Directed by Jun Fukuda • 1966 • Japan
Starring Akira Takarada, Kumi Mizuno, Chotaro Togin
The first Godzilla film directed by Jun Fukuda, who would go on to direct four more, is fast-paced and light in tone, and builds to a riveting race-against-time finale. On a secluded island in the South Seas, a group of castaways stumble upon a paramilitary organization whose nefarious nuclear activities threaten the world at large—and set the stage for kaiju clashes involving Godzilla, Mothra, and the giant crustacean Ebirah.