Godzilla: Not just a giant lizard

Abby Poposki

BCM320’s first class was definitely something I was not prepared for, in the best way possible. Live-tweeting was not easy, due to flicking between reading the subtitles, trying to tweet the wittiest comment, while also missing some important dialogue. I thought I had missed the important fishtank scene between Emiko and Seriwaza because I was busy tweeting, luckily however it wasn’t revealed until the latter part of the film what had distressed Emiko so much.

Prior to watching Gojira (1954) in all its black and white, subtitled glory, I had never seen any of the franchise, so I feel my experience was heightened by the fact I was watching the original film. Viewing the film reminded me of my appreciation for other cultures, particularly their folklore and mythology.

Cultural Studies was a compulsory unit at my primary school, and I was fascinated by cultural differences and beliefs. Although, my knowledge of…

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  1. Abby thank you for sharing such personal interactions with the film, your writing is genuine and I feel a sense of authenticity in your reflection on Gojira. While the process of watching the film for the first time, live tweeting your experience and keeping up with how you are reacting is much to handle, I feel as if you have captured the essence of your interpretation of the film well.

    I had also missed some important dialogue while multitasking, however, do you feel we would have had a differing reaction having paid more attention to the film? I feel as if although we missed somewhat crucial developments, perhaps we caught up or made it up for the fact that we missed several references in our colliding cultures as it is, and so it made little difference?

    I had a similar introduction to japanese culture, not exptending much past films like Spirited Away and Howls Moving Castle (would recommend) for their creative nature, and I agree they do place a unique spin on traditional storylines within Western culture. When you say “storylines that just weren’t the same in American and Australian television”, where do you think Gojira falls in this spectrum? Do you think the narrative perhaps reflects traditional action film/sci fi tropes of the west, while the deeper meaning differentiates it from its western counterparts?

    Wonderfully written, thnkyou for sharing.

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