13 June 2018

Kualoa Ranch, O'ahu HI, USA

The prehistoric sea monster Godzilla was created in Japan and made his first film appearance in 1954. The movie became a success and was followed by more than 20 sequels, some of which were adapted and also released in America. The film GODZILLA from 1998 was the first Hollywood production about the ‘king of monsters’.

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This movie is largely situated in rainy New York where Godzilla wreaks havoc. Before the huge reptile sets foot on American soil huge paw prints of an unknown animal species are found in Panama. Dr. Niko "Nick" Tatopoulos (Matthew Broderick), a scientist who researches the effects of radiation on nature in Chernobyl (Ukraine), is brought to the location.

These scenes were filmed in the Ka'a'awa Valley, part of the Kualoa Ranch, on the island of O'ahu in Hawaii in the summer of 1997. The same location can also be seen in Jurrasic Park and Jurassic World.

When Niko Tatopoulos arrives, the paw prints are already being researched. At first he does not realize that he is standing in one of them.
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The paw prints can still be seen during the Movie Tour. They seem much smaller than in the film, at least much less deep and the toes are less pointed. According to our guide, American Godzilla has three toes and Japanese Godzilla has four toes.

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Screenshots © TriStar Pictures