A Personal Perspective on ‘Gojira’, & Allusions to Nuclear Arms Races

Media, Stories and Thoughts

Gojira_1954_Japanese_posterGojira 1954 movie poster

Background

Before we get into my thought on Gojira itself, I’d like to tell you readers about myself. Not because I’m vain, but because my personal experiences will naturally frame how I perceive any piece of media.

Culturally, my family background is entirely southeast European. However, I’m not particularly close to my heritage and consider myself more Australian than European (as I was born and grew up here). Nevertheless, my first language was Serbian and watching non-English films is something I’ve been accustomed to since childhood (the VCR Serbo-Croatian edition of Disney’s Bambi is amongst my youngest film experiences, that I can recall).

Later, when I was about 12 I got into Japanese pop culture such as anime and video games, and developed a bit of a fascination with Japan as a whole. I spent about 2 weeks in Japan with a Japanese homestay family when…

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