When Roland Emmerich made the 1998 Godzilla remake, I’m almost positive he didn’t imagine the film resonating with a 4-year-old girl from small town Australia. With good reason, too. I mean the film is laced with violence, themes horror and a large lizard destroying New York City. It’s not exactly ideal viewing for young children. But in any case, for me, the year 1998 was the year of Godzilla and all associated merchandise (KFC Godzilla puppets in particular).  

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Skip forward 20 years, I’m in class at University and we are about to watch the original Godzilla. Known in Japanese culture as Gojira, I had never seen the original film and was acutely unaware of its historical significance. To me, Godzilla was a pillar of my childhood, KFC puppets and Mathew Broderick. But, the significance of this film to Japanese culture and cinema is vastly different. My connection…

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