Godlivia : An ethnographic reflection of the 1954 Cult Classic, Godzilla.

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Last semester I did JAPA217 which covered the history of Japan. For me Godzilla him/herself is a representation of the Nuclear attacks in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The movie makes reference to this showing that the movie is set in a post-war Japan that is concerned with it’s international image and some secondary characters discuss escaping for Nagasaki. Godzilla leaves behind radiation and was also forced out of his home because of the testing of H bombs which helps the Japanese audience at the time relate to the movie and towards the end. the movie pushes themes of weaponary regression in order for the world to be a more peaceful society. This is interesting for me considering Japans re-militarisation has been in hot debate this year (see link below), while this movie was popular when it came out being the 8th grossing movie in Japan that year, perhaps Japan has moved…

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