It was reported recently over at Monster Island News, that there is a new Godzilla documentary being made called Godzilla and Hiroshima: The Dawn of the Kaiju Eiga in of all places, Spain.
Spanish Producer/Director Jonathon Belles is creating the film, which is actually his doctoral project. Belles is putting the project together through his company Producciones 451, based in Valencia, Spain.. The documentary will explore the historical origins of "Gojira"(1954) and it's connection to events during and after the war. It will also include Gamera, Ultraman, and other genre monsters.
Belles intends to travel to Japan, America, and elsewhere to interview actors, producers, critics, and others. He also said he plans on visiting the Peace Park in Hiroshima, and the actual Lucky Dragon no.5.
The Lucky Dragon no.5 was the Japanese fishing boat that wandered into the restricted zone of the Bikini Atoll on March 1st, 1954, when the U.S. detonated a 15 megaton H-bomb test. Although the tuna boat was 100 miles east of the atoll, it was showered with radioactive fallout ash and many of the crew became ill. This event is what in part inspired the story for Gojira. The Chief radio operator died in September from Leukemia and several more crew members died later from radiation related illnesses. Amazingly, Gojira was released in November of the same year. Gojira was a huge success and ushered in a era of fantasy films about giant monsters.
Godzilla and Hiroshima: The Dawn of the Kaiju Eiga appears to be an English production and Belles hopes to release it in Summer 2014. The timing is in no doubt to ride the wave of enthusiasm after the release of Gareth Edward's Godzilla on May 16, 2014. He's also recently released a trailer. Please watch below.