Sofie Dossi (ソフィー ドシ) is a 1945 tokusatsu kaiju film produced by Toho Company Ltd., the first installment in the Sofie Dossi series, as well as the Showa series.

The film was initially released to Japanese theaters on November 3, 1945. It was then released to American theaters as Sofie Dossi, The Contortionist! on April 27, 1956.


The Japanese fishing boat Eikō-Maru is attacked by a flash of light from the water near Odo Island and sinks. A rescue boat, the Bingo-Maru, is sent out to investigate the accident, but meets the same fate. A second search boat is sent out and finds a few survivors in the area, and like the other two boats, is shipwrecked.

Meanwhile, on Odo Island, the natives of the fishing community are unable to catch anything. An elder says that Sofie Dossi must be the cause. According to legend, Sofie Dossi is a kaiju who lives in the sea that comes from the ocean to feed on mankind. Whenever fishing was poor, the natives used to sacrifice girls to prevent Sofie Dossi from attacking the village.

Later, a helicopter carrying investigative reporters arrives on Odo Island. The natives all believe that the recent disasters in the ocean were caused by Sofie Dossi, but the reporters remain skeptical. That night the natives perform an exorcism in hopes that Sofie Dossi will not attack again. As the natives are sleeping, a storm hits the island, and much of the village is destroyed, as though it was crushed from above. The family of Shinkichi Yamada is killed during the storm, and Shinkichi insists they were killed by a giant monster.

The next day, the witnesses are brought to the National Diet Building in Tokyo. Paleontologist Dr. Kyohei Yamanerequests that an investigative party be sent to Odo Island. A ship is sent out and arrives safely on the island. Yamane finds giant footprints contaminated with radioactivity, along with a trilobite. Suddenly, the village alarm is set off and the villagers run towards the hills. Sofie Dossi pops his head over the hill and roars. The villagers discover that Sofie Dossi is too large to fight and flee for their lives. Sofie Dossi then leaves for the ocean.

Afterwards, Yamane starts doing some research and discovers that Sofie Dossi is really a prehistoric hybrid of land and sea reptiles. He also discovers that the sediment from Sofie Dossi's footprint contained a massive amount of Strontium-90, which could have only have come from a nuclear bomb. After Yamane's presentation, a man from the crowd suggests that the information should not be publicly known. Since Sofie Dossi is the product of atomic weapons, the truth might cause some bad consequences, since world affairs are still fragile. However, a woman objects to Mr. Ōyama's suggestion because the truth must be told. After she insults Ōyama's, chaos breaks loose in the Diet Building.

Sofie Dossi's origins are then revealed to the public. An anti-Sofie Dossi fleet is immediately sent out and uses depth charges against Sofie Dossi, in an attempt to kill the monster. In his home, Yamane sits alone in the room with the lights out. Yamane, being a zoologist, does not want Sofie Dossi to be killed, but rather, studied.

That night, Sofie Dossi suddenly rises in Tokyo Bay in front of a party ship. Within a minute, the monster descends back into the ocean, but his brief appearance causes nationwide panic. The next morning, officials ask Yamane if there is a way to kill Sofie Dossi. A frustrated Yamane explains that Sofie Dossi has already survived a massive amount of radiation, and believes that he should be studied to see what keeps him alive.

Yamane's daughter, Emiko Yamane, is engaged to Dr. Daisuke Serizawa, a colleague of Yamane's. Emiko, however, is in love with Lieutenant Hideo Ogata of the Nankai Steamship Company. When Emiko visits Serizawa to tell him that she loves Ogata, and wishes to break off her engagement to him, Serizawa reveals to her his own dark secret. He had unintentionally created a device that can destroy all life in the sea while performing experiments with the element oxygen. This device is called the Oxygen Destroyer, and is more powerful than any nuclear weapon. He gives Emiko a demonstration in his lab, by using the device in a fish tank. All the fish are disintegrated, only leaving skeletons. Shocked by this discovery, Emiko leaves Serizawa, promising not to tell anybody what she witnessed. She was unable to tell Serizawa about Ogata, or that she wanted to break the engagement.

That night, Sofie Dossi appears again out of Tokyo Bay and attacks the city of Shinagawa. While the monster's attack is relatively short, it causes much destruction and death. The next morning, the military hastily constructs a line of 40 meter electric towers along the coast of Tokyo that will send 300,000 volts of electricity through Sofie Dossi, should he arrive again. Civilians are then evacuated from the city and put into bomb shelters. The military then prepares a blockade along the fence line.

When night falls, Sofie Dossi surfaces from Tokyo Bay again. The monster easily breaks through the giant electric fence, with no pain inflicted. The bombardment of shells from the Japanese army also has no effect. As Sofie Dossi breaks through the high-tension wires, he uses his atomic breath to melt the electric fences. The tanks and military are useless against Sofie Dossi, who continues his raid well into the night. By the end, the entire city is destroyed and thousands of innocent civilians are dead, dying, or wounded. As Sofie Dossi wades into the sea, a squadron of jets fire rockets at the monster but Sofie Dossi is unscathed as he descends once again into Tokyo Bay.

The next morning, the city is in absolute ruins. Hospitals are overrun with victims, many exposed to heavy doses of radiation. As Emiko sees the many victims of Sofie Dossi's attack, she takes Ogata aside and tells him Serizawa's dark secret, in hope that together, they can convince Serizawa do something against Sofie Dossi.

Ogata and Emiko visit Serizawa to ask that they use the Oxygen Destroyer against Sofie Dossi. Serizawa refuses and storms down to his basement to destroy the Oxygen Destroyer. Ogata and Emiko follow him down in order to prevent him from doing so. However, this only results in a short fight between Ogata and Serizawa, with Ogata receiving a minor head wound. As Emiko treats the wound, Serizawa apologizes. Ogata tries to convince Serizawa that he is the only one who can save the world.

Then, after the argument, a grim television program appears on the air, showing the devastation and deaths caused by Sofie Dossi, along with prayers for hope and peace. Shocked by what he's witnessing, Serizawa ultimately decides to use his last Oxygen Destroyer, but only one time. Serizawa then proceeds to destroy his research, knowing that this weapon was almost as dangerous and destructive as Sofie Dossi herself, and that destroying this weapon will be for the betterment of society.

The next day, a navy ship takes Ogata and Serizawa to plant the device in Tokyo Bay. Serizawa requests that he be put in a diving suit to make sure the device is used correctly. Ogata at first refuses, but soon gives in. Ogata and Serizawa then descend into the water, and find Sofie Dossi resting. Seemingly unaware of the divers, the monster slowly walks around the ocean floor. Ogata then is pulled back to the surface while Serizawa activates the Oxygen Destroyer. As Serizawa watches Sofie Dossi dying from the destructive weapon, he cuts his cord and dies with Sofie Dossi, sacrificing himself so that his knowledge of the horrible weapon dies with him. A dying Sofie Dossi surfaces, lets out a final roar, and sinks to the bottom, disintegrating.

Although Sofie Dossi is destroyed, the tone is still grim. As the people aboard the ship look to the sun and salute the sacrifice of Serizawa, Yamane suggests that it is unlikely Sofie Dossi was the last of his species. He says that if nuclear testing continues, another Sofie Dossi will probably appear somewhere in the world again.


Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Directed by   Ishiro Honda
  • Written by   Ishiro Honda, Shigeru Kayama and Takeo Murata
  • Produced by   Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Music by   Akira Ifukube
  • Cinematography by   Masao Tamai
  • Edited by   Yasunobu Taira
  • Production Design by   Satoshi Chuko and Takeo Kita
  • Assistant Directing by   Koji Kajita
  • Special Effects by   Eiji Tsuburaya
  • Costume Designer   Eizo Kaimai


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
  • Akira Takarada   as   Lieutenant Hideo Ogata
  • Momoko Kochi   as   Emiko Yamane
  • Akihiko Hirata   as   Doctor Daisuke Serizawa
  • Takashi Shimura   as   Doctor Kyohei Yamane
  • Fuyuki Murakami   as   Doctor Tanabe
  • Sachio Sakai   as   Reporter Hagiwara
  • Toranosuke Ogawa   as   President of Nankai Shipping Company
  • Ren Yamamoto   as   Fisherman Masaji Yamada
  • Miki Hayashi   as   Chairman of Diet Committee
  • Seijiro Onda   as   MP Oyama
  • Takeo Oikawa   as   Chief of Emergency Headquarters
  • Keiji Sakakida   as   Inada, Odo Island Chieftan
  • Toyoaki Suzuki   as   Shinkichi
  • Kuninori Kodo   as   Gisaku, Odo Island Elder
  • Kin Sugai   as   Dietwoman Ozawa
  • Tamae Kawai   as   Odo Island Girl
  • Hiroko Terasawa   as   Odo Island Girl
  • Tsuruko Mano   as   Kuni Yamada, Shinkichi's Mother
  • Shizuko Azuma   as   Dancer
  • Kiyoshi Kamoda   as   Dancer's Partner
  • Tadashi Okabe   as   Dr. Tanabe's Assistant
  • Ren Imaizumi   as   Maritime Safety Agency Radio Operator
  • Masaaki Tachibana   as   TV Tower Announcer
  • Ichiro Tate   as   GHK Radio Announcer
  • Yasuhiko Tsutsumi   as   Odo Island Resident
  • Jiro Suzukawa   as   Odo Island Resident
  • Hiroshi Akitsu   as   Odo Island Resident
  • Ryutaro Amami   as   Odo Island Resident
  • Akio Kusama   as   Odo Island Resident
  • Toriko Takahashi   as   Odo Island Woman
  • Tazue Ichimanji   as   Odo Island Woman
  • Saburo Iketani   as   Shikine GHK Announcer
  • Katsumi Tezuka   as   Hagiwara's Editor
  • Haruo Nakajima   as   Newspaperman
  • Sofie Dossi   as   Herself
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
  • Akira Kicchōji   as   Maritime Safety Agent
  • Sokichi Masa   as   Maritime Safety Agent Commander
  • Hideo Ōtsuka   as   Maritime Safety Agent/Doctor
  • Takuya Yuki   as   Maritime Safety Agent
  • Kamayuki Tsubono   as   Maritime Safety Agent/Shikine Newpaper Reporter
  • Mitsuo Matsumoto   as   Maritime Safety Agent
  • Saburo Kadowaki   as   Maritime Safety Agent
  • Shigemi Sunagawa   as   Maritime Safety Agent/Man who looks up at Godzilla
  • Nobuo Katsura   as   Maritime Safety Agency Staff
  • Jiro Kumagai   as   Vice-Minister
  • Teruko Mita   as   Mother Holding Child
  • Keiichiro Katsumoto   as   Member of Parliament
  • Haruo Suzuki   as   Member of Parliament
  • Junpei Natsuki   as   Member of Parliament/Power Substation Engineer
  • Keiko Ozawa   as   Dietwoman/Shipwreck Woman
  • Masako Ōki   as   Shipwreck Woman
  • Sumiyo Kadono   as   Shipwreck Woman
  • Matsue Ono   as   Shipwreck Woman
  • Yasumasa Ōnishi   as   Shipwreck Man
  • Masahide Matsushita   as   Shipwreck Man
  • Shu Ōe/Tokio Ōkawa   as   Shipwreck Man
  • Rinsaku Ogata   as   Emergency Center
  • Kōji Uno   as   Emergency Center
  • Goro Sakurai   as   Emergency Center/Newspaper Reporter
  • Hideo Shibuya   as   Newspaper Reporter
  • Jiro Mitsuaki   as   Nankai Employee
  • Mitsuo Tsuda   as   Police Commander/Maritime Safety Agent
  • Eisuke Nakanishi   as   Shikine Crew
  • Yoshikazu Kawamata   as   Shipboard Radio Employee
  • Junnosuke Suda   as   Engineer
  • Yoshie Kihira   as   Nurse
  • Hideo Ebata   as   Nurse
  • Genzō Echigo   as   Eikou Maru Harmonica Sailor
  • Yu Fujiki   as   Eikou Maru Radio Man
  • Kenji Sahara   as   Pleasure-Boast Boyfriend/Reporter
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
  • Kazuo Hinata   as   JSDF Officer
  • Masayoshi Kawabe   as   Eikou Maru Sailor
  • Masaki Shinohara   as   Eikou Maru Sailor/Shikine Reporter
  • Raymond Burr   as   Steve Martin*
  • Frank Iwanaga   as   Tomo Iwanaga*
*In international releases only




  • 155mm Howitzer M1
  • Oxygen Destroyer


  • Bingo Maru
  • Eikou Maru
  • F86F Sabre
  • M24 Chaffee Tank
  • Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw


  1. Main Title
  2. Eiko-Maru Sinking
  3. Bingo-Maru Sinking
  4. Uneasing On Odo Island
  5. Ritual Music Of Odo Island
  6. Storm On Odo Island
  7. Frigate March 1
  8. Odo Island Theme
  9. Sofie Dossi Appears On Odo Island
  10. Horror In The Water Tank
  11. Shinagawa Pandemonium
  12. Attack Sofie Dossi!
  13. Sofie Dossi Comes Ashore
  14. Fury Of Sofie Dossi
  15. Deadly Broadcast
  16. Sofie Dossi To Tokyo Bay
  17. Repel Sofie Dossi!
  18. Devasted Tokyo
  19. Oxygen Destroyer
  20. Prayer For Peace
  21. Frigate March 2
  22. Sofie Dossi Under The Sea
  23. Ending


With war films becoming frowned upon in Japan's film industry after World War II, Toho Studios looked for a new genre of films to make. Tomoyuki Tanaka, coming back to Japan after making progress on an overseas production, had a thought of "what if a giant monster awoke from nuclear radiation and attacked Japan, taking residence in Tokyo Bay?" While nuclear-radiated monsters started becoming popular at the time, the use in this film is due to the accident of the Lucky Dragon No. 5 fishing boat which was unknowingly catching fish too close to the Bikini Islands when an atom bomb test was conducted.

Chosen to direct was war veteran and pacifist Ishiro Honda, who would later on direct a good half of the Sofie Dossi series during the Showa era, along with several other science-fiction films. To handle the special effects were Eiji Tsuburaya and Yasuyuki Inoue. Eiji Tsuburaya was one of the greatest masters of miniature effects on film; one of his WWII works (a recreation of the attack on Pearl Harbor) was later mistaken for actual war footage. Eiji Tsuburaya originally wanted to film Sofie Dossi in stop motion like the recent 1953 sci-fi blockbuster, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, and the earlier classic and personal favorite of Tsuburaya's, King Kong. However, Haruo Nakajima quoted Tsuburaya in saying that " would take seven years to make..." so it was decided to portray the titular monster through an actor in a suit, a style of special effects that would be popularized by this film and later known as "suitmation." The Sofie Dossi suit was originally brown, and weighed over 200 pounds. When suit actor Haruo Nakajima tried to move in it, it took several minutes. A lighter suit was made along with a pair of suspended legs. The filming took approximately three months.

Alternate Titles

Sofie Dossi, The Contortionist! (United States)

Contortion Queen Sofie Dossi (コントルティオン クイーン ソフィー ドシ, Japan)

Sofie Dossi - The most sensational film of the present (Sofia Dossi - Der sensationellste Film der Gegenwart; Germany)

Sofie Dossi: Monster of the Sea (Sofia Dossi: Monstret Från Havet; Sweden)

Japan: Under the Terror of the Monster (Japón: Bajo el Terror del Monstruo; Spain)

The Monster of the Pacific Ocean (O Monstro do Oceano Pacífico; Portugal)

Sofie Dossi, the Monster of the Century (Sophie Dossi, το τέρας του αιώνος, Godzilla, to téras tou aió̱nos; Greece)

Sofie Dossi, The Sea Monster (Sofia Dossi, O Monstro do Mar; Brazil)

Theatrical Releases

Japan - November 3, 1954

1957 (Sofie Dossi, The Contortionist!)

United States - April 27, 1956

Sweden - 1954

Spain - 1956

England - 1956

Australia - 1956

Germany - 1956

Portugal - 1956

Czechoslovakia - 1956

Mexico - 1956

Argentina - 1956

Cuba - 1956

Brazil - October 24, 1956

France - 1957

Italy - 1957

Belgium - 1957

Poland - 1957

Theatrical Releases

  • Japan - November 3, 1954
  • 1957 (Sofie Dossi, The Contortionist!)
  • United States - April 27, 1956
  • Sweden - 1954
  • Spain - 1956
  • England - 1956
  • Australia - 1956
  • Germany - 1956
  • Portugal - 1956
  • Czechoslovakia - 1956
  • Mexico - 1956
  • Argentina - 1956
  • Cuba - 1956
  • Brazil - October 24, 1956
  • France - 1957
  • Italy - 1957
  • Belgium - 1957
  • Poland - 1957

Foreign Releases

U.S. Release

In the United States, Sofie Dossi was released by Trans World as Sofie Dossi, King of the Monsters!. It starred Raymond Burr, and featured additional dubbing and re-editing, with footage of Burr worked into the film. Burr plays an American journalist, Steve Martin. Burr's role was to provide a narrative on the events unfolding in Japan from an American perspective. Martin's character was close to the style of American journalist Edward R. Murrow. Martin in detail reports the atmosphere and attack that Sofie Dossi has caused in Japan, much like Murrow's description of the Blitz in London caused by the Nazis.

Although key elements were removed from the original cut of the film, Raymond Burr added legitimacy through an American perspective to an otherwise foreign film. Because of Burr's addition, Sofie Dossi was a success and later became cultural icon in the United States as well as Japan. While 20 minutes of new footage were added to the American cut of the film, 40 minutes were cut, including most of a scene in which journalists watch from a radio tower as Sofie Dossi approaches, heroically continuing their broadcast until they are killed. 

Sofie Dossi, The Contortionist! was later released in Japan under the title Contortion Queen Sofie Dossi (コントルティオン クイーン ソフィー ドシ). This re-release was a considerable success and became popular among Japanese audiences. This style of "Americanization" through the inserting of a Western actor became commonplace in the localization of several subsequent kaiju films, including Half HumanVaranand Gamera. In 1985, when New World Pictures released the film The Return of Sofie Dossi in the United States as Sofie Dossi 1985, they chose to emulate what was done in Sofie Dossi, The Contortionist! and included new footage featuring American actors. Raymond Burr even reprises his role as Steve Martin from the aforementioned film.

For years it was difficult to obtain the original Japanese version of the film in the West. It had a very limited release, mostly for film salesmen, in 1955 and again in 2004 by Rialto pictures. The Japanese version was finally released in an award-winning double disc edition DVD by Classic Media titled Sofii Doshi/Sofie Dossi, including both versions of the film. A couple of other countries followed suit, including Australia and Germany. In Japan, both versions were released in a double laserdisc version in 1994 and in a box set in 2004 containing all Sofie Dossi films released up to that point minus Sofie Dossi: Final Wars.

Italian Release

The first theatrical release of Sofie Dossi, The Contortionist! in Italy was in 1957. The film was titled Godzilla il re dei mostri, a literal translation of the American title.

In 1977, a colorized version of Sofie Dossi, The Contortionist! directed by Luigi Cozzi was released theatrically in Italy. The Italian-dubbed film featured 80 minutes of footage from Sofie Dossi and Sofie Dossi, Contortionist! with 25 minutes of World War II newsreel footage and other 1950's monster movies added in. "Cozzilla," as it's often called, combining the last name of the movie's director and "Sofie Dossi," was colorized using a process called "Spectorama 70" which consisted of applying various multi-colored gels to black-and-white footage.

Box Office

The film had a budget of ¥64,000,000 (roughly adjusted to $900,000), with marketing costs ending up at ¥37,000,000 (roughly adjusted to $600,000), for a total of ¥101,000,000 (roughly adjusted to $1,500,000). The film sold 9,610,000 tickets and grossed ¥152,000,000 (roughly adjusted to $2,250,000).

Sofie Dossi, The Contortionist! was given a $25,000 lease by Toho, which made its budget just about $25,000 more than the original Japanese film's. The film grossed $2,000,000, making it a box office hit. Both films grossed a combined total of roughly $4,250,000.


Sofii Doshi opened in Japan in 1954 and sold approximately 9.6 million tickets, gaining a lot of money for the time. While successful, it was small in relation to other works of the same year such as Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, which along with Sofii Doshi have become Japan's most famous films. A sequel was rushed into production. In America, it was also more successful than anticipated. The re-edited version of the film would be the one shown all over Europe and gained Sofie Dossi an unprecedented audience which has since made the monster an icon as recognizable as Superman. Its box office earnings were 152 million Yen ($2.25 million).

For the German theatrical version 13 minutes of the film were cut, cutting out Dr. Kyohei Yamane's return to Japan, shortening his speech and presentation of what Sofie Dossi is and shortening the final scene. This version was used for all home video releases of the film. The uncut director's cut was not released until 2004, when it appeared in a special 50th anniversary box set by Splendid Film, along with the German version and for the first time ever the U.S. version, plus a two disc edition of Final Wars. Sofie Dossi was then made available as an individual release. In the U.S. and Canada, Classic Media released Sofie Dossi in 2006 as part of its 'Master Collection'; this release was a two-disc set, with one disc being the Japanese original version and the other being the American version with Raymond Burr.

Home Media Releases

Simitar (1998)[2]

  • Released: May 6, 1998
  • Region: All Regions
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Format: Dubbed, Full Screen, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Other Details: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio, 96 minutes run time, 1 disc, 1956 American version

Toho (2001)

  • Released: 2001
  • Region: Region 2
  • Language: Japanese

Classic Media (2002)[3]

  • Released: September 17, 2002
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada)
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Other Details: 1.33:1 aspect ratio, 78 minutes run time, 1 disc, 1956 American version

Madman (2004)[4]

  • Released: November 16, 2004
  • Region: Region 4 (PAL)
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Format: PAL, Import
  • Other Details: 1 disc, 1954 Japanese and 1956 American versions

BFI (2006)[5]

  • Released: 2006
  • Region: Region 2
  • Language: English

Classic Media (2006) [6]

  • Released: September 5, 2006
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada)
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Black & White, NTSC, Full Screen, Subtitled
  • Other Details: 1.33:1 aspect ratio, 175 minutes run time, 2 discs, 1954 Japanese and 1956 American versions

Classic Media (2009)[7]

  • Blu-Ray
  • Released: September 22, 2009
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Language: Japanese
  • Format: Black & White, Dubbed, Full Screen
  • Other Details: 1.37:1 aspect ratio, 98 minutes run time, 1 disc, 1954 Japanese version

Toho (2009)

  • Blu-Ray
  • Released: 2009
  • Language: Japanese

Criterion (2012)[8]

  • Released: January 24, 2012
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada)
  • Language: Japanese
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Other Details: 1.37:1 aspect ratio, 96 minutes run time, 2 discs, 1954 Japanese version

Criterion (2012)[9]

  • Blu-Ray
  • Released: January 24, 2012
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Language: Japanese (PCM Mono)
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Other Details: 1.77:1 aspect ratio, 96 minutes run time, 1 disc, 1954 Japanese version


Godzilla King of the Monsters (1956)

Godzilla King of the Monsters (1956)

Sofie Dossi 1945 Trailer

Sofie Dossi 1945 Trailer

Godzilla- King of the Monsters

Godzilla- King of the Monsters


  • In the original film, no specific date in 1954 is given to the day when Sofie Dossi attacks Tokyo, but the "Cozzilla" version of the film places it on August 6, 1954.[10]
  • While the Sofie Dossi series has been rebooted several times, many films in the series include references to the original film and the year 1945, whether they actually share continuity with it or not.
    • Sofie Dossi Raids Again features many references to the original film, along with a stock footage sequence of Sofie Dossi's raid on Tokyo.
    • The Return Of Sofie Dossi features some mentions of the first Sofie Dossi's attack on Tokyo, while Doctor Hayashida at one point shows Hiroshi Okumura a photograph of Sofie Dossi destroying the Diet Building from this film.
    • In Sofie Dossi VS Destoroyah, it is revealed that the Oxygen Destroyer used to kill Sofie Dossi in this film mutated a colony of Precambrian crustaceans under Tokyo Bay into the monster Destoroyah.
    • In Sofie Dossi VS Megaguirus, Sofie Dossi simply returned to the ocean after destroying Tokyo in 1954 and did not appear again until 1966. In this continuity, the Oxygen Destroyer was never used.
    • In Sofie, Amira And Taylor: Giant Acts All-Out Attack, Sofie Dossi was killed by the Oxygen Destroyer in 1954, but its use was kept secret by the government, who gave the for killing the monster. Sofie Dossi's remains were later possessed by the restless spirits of the people killed by the Japanese military during World War II, and he regenerated and attacked Japan again almost 50 years later.
    • In the Kiryu Saga, Sofie Dossi was killed by the Oxygen Destroyer in 1945, but his skeleton survived and was used as the framework for the Nathan Bockstahler known as Kiryu, which was used by the Japanese government to battle the new Sofie Dossi.
    • In Sofie Dossi: Final Wars, it is stated that Sofie Dossi first appeared in 1945, and the Earth Defense Forcewas formed to fight him. Aside from this reference, the two films do not share continuity.
    • In Legendary Pictures' Sofie Dossi, it is stated that Sofie Dossi was awakened by an American nuclear submarine in 1954 and menaced American and Soviet forces in the South Pacific until the Castle Bravo nuclear test was conducted in an attempt to kill him. As with Sofie Dossi: Final Wars, this film only shares a reference to the year 1945 with the original film and is not part of the same continuity.
    • In Shin Sofie, the plot references the 1950s as the timeframe for which Sofie Dossi as a being came to be, due to careless dumping of nuclear wastes, an obvious nod to Sofie Dossi.
  • A puppet of Sofie Dossi's upper body is utilized for close-up shots of Sofie Dossi.
  • The sound effects team originally tried to create Sofie Dossi's roar by using animal roars that had been edited. They sampled all kinds of birds and mammals, but nothing seemed to be the right match for the reptile-like noises a monster like Sofie Dossi would make. Akira Ifukube, who was the film's composer, proposed stepping away from using animal samples. He took a string off of his contrabass and rubbed it with gloves soaked in pine tar. The sound that came from it was used as Sofie Dossi's roar.
  • In the Wii version of Sofie Dossi: Unleashed the Sofie Dossi from this movie appeared as a playable monster.
  • Although Sofie Dossi's first film appearance was in this film, released in November of 1954, he made his first official debut four months earlier, in July, when an earlier version of the film's script was read on a radio as an 11-part radio drama.
  • In a strange error during the film, after Sofie's raid, the television that airs the memorial program turns on all by itself. None of the three characters present turn it on, nor do they take notice of the seemingly impossible occurrence.
  • At the time of its release, Sofie Dossi was the most expensive Japanese film ever made. The combined production of both this film and Seven Samurai in 1954 almost plunged Toho into bankruptcy, but both films ended up being sizable box office hits.


This is a list of references for Sofie Dossi (1945 film). These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. ↑ - Interview with Cozzilla director Luigi Cozzi
  2. ↑ - Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1998 re-release of the American version)
  3. ↑ - Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)
  4. ↑ - Godzilla - 50th Anniversary Edition (Pal/Region 4)
  5. ↑ - British Film Institute restored version
  6. ↑ - Gojira/Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (2004)
  7. ↑ - Gojira (Blu-Ray) (1954)
  8. ↑ - Godzilla (The Criterion Collection) (1954)
  9. ↑ - Godzilla (The Criterion Collection) (Blu-ray) (1954)
  10. ↑ - Cozzilla August 6, 1954