GOJIRA! 60 Years Since Godzilla

This is just a piece of cinema that all geeks must love. The corner stone of monster movies, another amazing creation from Japan with deep historical connotations about the trauma from the war. Godzilla is a cult classic, I dare say a work of art. I am unsure if I am happy to make the same statement about the 2014 movie, but I think that shows how important this is within popular culture.

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In case you were not aware of this, 2014 saw the 60th anniversary of the original Godzilla movie! It was only last year  that our screens saw the new interpretation of this film, which is an icon of 20th century cinema. But there is much more to Godzilla than just photo-grams. Therefore, here is a little insight for you into Japanese culture, cinema and social anxieties.

The first Godzilla movie was directed by Ishiro Honda, who had worked for many years as the assistant of the renown director Akira Kurosawa. He served his time under the Japanese army during the Second World War, and in fact was imprisoned in China and made a war hostage. This had a huge impact in the production of his movies, and of course is reflected in Godzilla, but this was a shared memory and feeling, which makes the message only coherent for those who…

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