Author: alexp997

Akira 1988: Science, Power and Nostalgia

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Akira (1988) is, in my perception, the anime to be most distant from the Japanese pop culture I have known. Perhaps the aversion stems from my preferences, that is sci-fi films rarely fascinate me with their concept. Or perhaps the inclination I have for a captivity of history in arts hinders my making sense of Akira. A brief description of my experience watching the anime could be an amalgamation of feelings, mostly bewildered by the overdetailed violence. However, noted that animes in their golden age (1980s) could be much experimental and less audience-oriented than they are now. Not so long before Akira screening, I learned about Hadashi no Gen (1983), an anime details Hiroshima bombing whose horrifying graphics content caused me traumatised.

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And yet the horrific visuals did not stop me from immersing myself into the film. In opposition, I am fond of the…

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Gojira 1954: Behind the Kaiju

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There is a saying by the infamous Roger Ebert that keeps flashing through my mind in every film screening:

Art is the closest we can come to understanding how a stranger really feels

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I’ve always carried an absolute belief that art captures history, appreciating art allows humans to depart from their temporal presence. For a person whose childhood resided with binge-watching Doraemon, I thank art for realising the insane time-travel dream without tucking myself in the drawer.

And because of that, watching Gojira has been quite an experience for many reasons. Never have I been a hardcore fan of Godzilla nor a fan of monster movies in general. I grew up watching tons of Super Sentai episodes and I pride myself in having a tape collection of it. Then I spent my teenage life going crazy about Western pop culture. Thus on making sense of Gojira, a part of me…

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