Feature Play: Godzilla Resurgence
Godzilla and Japan go together like peanut butter and jelly. The monster has been a pinnacle of both Japanese pop culture and also of the academic world. While the pop culture reason is clear, not too many know that academia tends to look at Godzilla as part of Japanese history as well, of course in the sense that it represents parts of the culture…not in the fact that it actually exists.
It’s in this manner that we look at Godzilla Resurgence because it has been correlated in many scholarly articles that Godzilla and the general idea of tragedy coming to Japan correlates with the fact that the country is plagued with many natural disasters.
And by creating the catastrophic monsters and events, they are in a way coping with a constant feeling of doom that could happen at any moment. This is why Godzilla has been a part of the culture for so long.
Godzilla Resurgence is the first Japanese Godzilla film in 12 years, and one wonders if it’s in reaction to the recent natural disasters they’ve had recently. It was directed by both Neon Genesis Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno and Attack on Titan involver Shinji Higuchi.
Resurgence starts with quite the explosion. Within minutes of orienting the audience to the film, a tunnel (which crosses Tokyo Bay) crumples, and the political heads come together to figure out what is happening.
Only potential hero Rando Yaguchi (Hiroki Hasegawa) says that it might be a monster, and of course he’s ridiculed for saying that, but this is a Godzilla movie, so it doesn’t take long for us to know that he is indeed correct.
Not too long after good ol’ Godzilla resurfaces and begins to destroy the country, the prime minister and his cabinet change into their emergency uniforms which are very reminiscent to the ones worn after the massive earthquake happened in March of 2011.
The political figures have meeting after meeting, struggling with what to do. The growing disaster is resembled in the growth of the monster who obviously becomes Godzilla.
The movie is beautiful and the story has some interesting points but if you are familiar with the above mentioned directors/ creators you already knew that.
Check out the trailer for yourself! Godzilla Resurgence will be in select theaters on October 11 thru 18th.