This week, we cover the rise to global fame of one of Japan’s greatest cultural ambassadors: Godzilla. How did a monster designed as a metaphor about the bomb become emblematic of postwar Japan? Find out this week!
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obituary for Honda Ishiro
An NY Times
history of the franchise
Another NY Times
piece on the original movie, focusing on its low budget
Honda Ishiro (left) on the set of the original Godzilla.
The cheap effects of the original Godzilla didn’t hold it back from success; after all, low overhead meant the franchise needed a smaller fanbase to succeed.
Raymond Burr was very carefully inserted into a recut of the original film for the 1956 US release, Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
Nakajima Haruo, the man in the Godzilla suit in the original movies, still does fan tours and is generally just a great guy.
Pulgasari, a masterpiece of socialist filmmaking.