*Godzilla on My Mind*

The author is William Tsutsui and the subtitle is Fifty Years of the King of Monsters.  Excerpt:

Gojira (1984), echoing its predecessor of thirty years before, also aspired to a sober message, this time about the threat of nuclear brinksmanship and the dangeres of atomic energy in all its forms.  Drawing on public insecurity…the new Godzilla was intended as a cinematic wake-up call.  “We wanted to show how easily a [nuclear] accident could occur today,” Tanaka remarked, “but vivid images of nuclear war are taboo…Gojira (1984) is not particularly subtle in its sermonizing, depicting the monster gutting a Japanese nuclear power plant and scarfing down a Russian submarine….And as in the original Gojira, helpless, peaceful Japan, caught between the two Cold War goliaths, emerges as the innocent, morally superior victim.

Recommended.  The Godzilla movies, by the way, are recommended too.  Most of them are good and I am not just referring to the obvious choices here.

Comments

I miss Ultraman.

So... do you have a list? Other than this one, I mean: http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2008/05/my-favorite-thi.html

The first Godzilla movie is the most intellectual. The version we see here in the US was edited down with Raymond Burr edited in. The original Japanese version has been subtitled in english and from what I have read is even darker in tone than the english version.

The music for Godzilla was written by Japanese composer Akira Ifukube.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akira_Ifukube

The original also has a marriage plot involving a conflict between arranged marriage and a love match, an issue that's still real in Japan. It's quite a striking film. Here's an essay in which I discuss the two plots and and their intersection:

http://transitionpartyusa.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/gojira-1954-no-more-nukes/

I think this is a great post. One thing that I find the most helpful is number five.
Sometimes when I write, I just let the flow of the words and information come out so much that I loose the purpose.
It’s only after editing when I realize what I’ve done. There’s defiantly a lot of great tips here
I’m going to try to be more aware of.

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