Gojira: a first watch

The following are the reactions I had to the 1954 Japanese film, Gojira.

  • Opening credits are all in Japanese kanji
  • Classical music with roaring monster in the background
  • Black and white?
  • People on a boat
  • Big explosion -> “What was that?”
  • whatever it was they run from it
  • The boat is sinking but not before they send out a distress frequency
  • The boat owner was planning on going to a show with his partner, ediko, until the boat sank.
  • I can’t look away for too long because I don’t understand Japanese I will miss too many subtitles and miss something important. Probably should work on my touch typing skills.
  • Another boat is being destroyed (over the same patch of water?)
  • They rescue some survivors who claim the sea just exploded.
  • Only 3 survived.
  • The fishing boat met the same fate instead of saving anyone they all died.
  • Post-WWII context so they probably suspect past enemies?
  • People camp out on the shores to see if anyone will survive?
  • How does yelling about the raft coming in help? Why can’t the people on the shore see it too?
  • How about treating the sick guy and then asking him for more information
  • “Pops” first introduces the idea of Godzilla so of course they think he’s old and crazy.
  • Logically, they can’t catch any fish because *something* is eating all the fish.
  • Some traditional celebration
  • Pops tells everyone about Godzilla coming ashore to eat people, they would sacrifice some young girl (why a young girl?)
  • Big wind – typhoon
  • The technology is so antiquated it’s hard for us to take this seriously
  • The footprint of Godzilla is radioactive
  • Professor discovers a trilobite still alive
  • They use a big drum to simulate the heavy footsteps and the Godzilla seems to be a puppet or an illustration?
  • Underwater H-bomb tests destroyed its natural habitat and it was driven ashore for sustenance.
  • This is hard to watch unfold because of the language barriers and also the antiquated style of telling movies.
  • Everyone in the class began quite interested. As the movie has progressed I can hear more low voices conversing and snickers from the back when violence appears on screen.
  • Even though this subject is “digital asia” this movie was filmed on analogue film strips. Irony.
  • I really am enjoying the music. I suppose that isn’t something that changes very much with time. Most movies made today are still very much scored with classical instruments and influences.
  • Probably worth noting, I thought of a good friend who is quite passionate about the Godzilla/kaiju/Gojira franchise and messaged him part way through this movie. Our conversation is worth screenshotting and including.
  • I really need to silence my feminist. This movie is problematic but also symptomatic of both the culture it was made in and the time in which it was made.
  • Ediko has more emphasis on breaking a promise than on the actual facts she is going to reveal – this indicative of the importance of honour in Japanese culture. If a person is not trustworthy then they lack honour. But the loss of life is more important.
  • Wow they are using a flashback! to explain what happened to the fish.
  • Wouldn’t the Oxygen Destroyer kill literally everything in the ocean?
  • This movie is so scientifically problematic I have a hard time suspending my disbelief.
  • Especially because there are so many damn bubbles.

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