Gojira (1954)

June 9, 2017

So I finally watched the original Japanese Godzilla movie.

I have seen one or two of the modern American ones and found them to be completely pointless. I didn’t understand monster movies.

Then I started reading that these things are supposed to be metaphors. The original Gojira/Godzilla was a metaphor for the dangers and destruction of atomic weapons.

Japan had been nuked twice by USA in 1945, during WWII. I think they also had a few failed nuclear testings as well prior to this.

So their collective consciousness must have realized the utter devastation this weapon caused to their people and nature, so someone created the imagery/metaphor of a monster deep within the ocean awakened by nuclear testing. The monster comes to land and destroys everything and everyone. Maybe that’s why Japan has decided against having any of their own nuclear weapons. They know the damage it can do all too well.

The movie, even though amateur hour in terms of special effects compared to today, holds up really well in terms of story telling. I liked it a lot.

Gojira (English Subtitled)