Gojira.

Harrison Thomas

The powerhouse that is Godzilla has always been an exciting character to watch for me. Destroying buildings and terrorising cities, every version of Godzilla satisfies my destructive urges. Fortunately, the original 1954 ‘Gojira’, directed by Ishiro Honda was the first film played in my Digital Asia subject at UOW. For this screening we had to live tweet our responses as we watched. Unfortunately, I was away for this screening as I had the flu. But I decided to watch it in my spare time anyway as I’ve always enjoyed watching Godzilla films, it can be my prep for the new Godzilla films coming out later this year, battling King Ghidorah and breaking stuff and whatnot.

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My first impression of Gojira was that it was a fun, destructive adventure to watch and enjoy without thinking. However, after research and discussing with my peers, I realised that i’d barely scratched the surface…

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  1. Hi Harrison,
    As a big fan of the Godzilla franchise for years now, it is surprising for me to know that the figure of ‘Godzilla’ was originally conceived as a symbol of the nuclear weapon and used to illustrate the devastation of the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The fact that director Ishiro Honda chose to use a fictional character to recreate the horror of a real event just completely changed my perspective towards this franchise! And I believe many viewers have never thought of it that way, too! I really admire Ishiro Honda now. He was so talented to come up with such an incisive idea: to link the figure of Godzilla to this tragic event so that viewers can relive the terrifying moments that Japanese people experienced back in 1954, in an extremely subtle way!

    Just like what you said, I guess the reason why many people and I have never thought about it that way is that in the later films, this symbolism has been altered to make the whole story less ‘catastrophic’. However, come to think of it, I realize that some of the original points still hold up until now.

    Now that the original Godzilla was linked to a real historical event, I definitely will rewatch the entire franchise again!
    – Ray

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