Godzilla is such a significant pop culture icon that there are probably an embarrassing number of people in North America for whom the giant atomic lizard springs to mind first whenever they hear about Japan. But in the monster’s native land, he represents a lot more than just bonkers destruction and cheap special effects, and it’s this cultural divide that is the subject of the newest video essay from KaptainKristian, entitled Godzilla – The Soul of Japan.
Godzilla – The Soul of Japan reveals how the original Japanese film Gojira was a much more serious and thoughtful meditation on atomic-age destruction and terror, as well as a reaction to partially US-imposed censorship on Japanese entertainment after the war, than its American reputation suggests. The original movie wasn’t even available to US viewers until 2004, and the essay focuses on the differences between it and its American re-edit Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
You can watch Godzilla – The Soul of Japan below. And for more video essays from the always-great KaptainKristian, check him out on YouTube right here.