Shōwa era (daikaiju eiga)

Shōwa era (daikaiju eiga)

In the terminology of daikaiju eiga (Japanese giant monster films) the Shōwa Era refers not to the actual reign of the Shōwa emperor but to all daikaiju eiga made between 1954 (Toho's original "Godzilla" and the beginning of daikaiju eiga) and 1980 (Daiei's ""). There followed a four-year period in which no notable daikaiju eiga were produced by the major Japanese film studios before the Heisei era began with "The Return of Godzilla" in 1984.

This term is also used within the Godzilla and Gamera film franchises to refer to the films in each series produced during this time.

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