My first was "Godzilla" (1954)
Armand Vaquer at the Godzilla statue at Toho Studios.
The original Godzilla, Haruo Nakajima and Armand in 2013.
I was 9 at the time, but I remember discovering Godzilla. I was outside playing with a neighbor friend and his mother yelled across the fence that "Godzilla" was coming on. So he ran off to go watch it. I asked my mom what is Godzilla and she told me that he's a big dinosaur. That caught my attention and decided to watch it. I've been hooked ever since.
The following year, "King Kong vs. Godzilla" was released in U.S. theaters. My parents took some friends and I to go see it.
I am the author of "The Monster Movie Fan's Guide To Japan."