Experience & Reflection: Gojira 1954 [DIGC330]


Thursday, 6th August. 1:30pm. Sitting in a shade drawn, dark class room. Hungry. The hum of 20 students. Relationship with Japanese Culture up until this point = almost 0. This is when I first encountered the original Godzilla movie, Gojira released in 1954.

A sea of Japanese script, over an ocean (literally) of black and white. The intense sound of the opening credit music. Totally foreign. Totally outside my realm of interest/understanding. Confusion doesn’t even begin to explain it. Up until this point, I had never seen Godzilla in any of its remediated forms. I mean I had heard of it, and let’s be honest… I immediately recalled the scene from Austin Powers below

That being said, I attempted at viewing the film with an open mind.

It was undeniable that the film had extremely strong references to the devastation of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 (the…

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