‘Godzilla’: The Japanese Original
A giant lizard rises from Tokyo bay to destroy the city amid a flurry of references to nuclear contamination, black rain, bomb shelters, and the incineration of Nagasaki. Not to be confused with the truncated, dubbed, and reedited version released in the US, the Japanese Godzilla has a news-bulletin urgency—at once audaciously lurid and fearsomely somber, it’s all business and pure dream. The spectacle of kabuki destruction could be taking place inside the fevered brain of the atomophobe protagonist in Akira Kurosawa’s 1955 I Live in Fear.
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