Gojira (Godzilla) 1954

em koletti

Auto-ethnography, as described by Ellis (2001) is “an approach to research and writing that seeks to describe and systematically analyse personal experience in order to understand cultural experience.” Today, I had my first auto-ethnographical experience with Japanese media through the film Gojira (Godzilla) 1954. In fact, it was the first black and white film I have watched from start to finish.

As my childhood consisted of light hearted, adventure films over black and white Japanese movies, the cinematography of this film is dramatically different to what I’m used to and my understanding of Asian culture is clearly limited. In saying that, by growing up watching these modern, westernised films, the variations of cultures that exist are obvious; not only in films but the lifestyle in which we live. I believe our personal context can influence how you interpret things and these international films give us an insight to a certain…

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