Friday, February 7, 2014

Gojira (Godzilla) (Japan: Ishirô Honda, 1954)

Ishiro Honda’s creature film kicked off the kaiju genre and gave the world one of its most recognisable monsters in Godzilla, one of the few fictitious characters to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Born out of post-Second World War nuclear fears, the film examines the idea of mass destruction as the result of technological interference with nature. Even as Godzilla crushes buildings and entire villages under his feet, there’s a feeling that humans brought on their own destruction, so no matter how high the body count, it’s always a little sad when he’s defeated. – Kelly Robinson

Gojira (Godzilla) (Japan: Ishirô Honda, 1954: 96 mins) 

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