Was Godzilla a symbol of America?

#1 Posted by EganTheVile1 (6199 posts) - - Show Bio

I was thinking about the fact that Godzilla was a monster born of nuclear power, that came out in the 1950's and ravaged a japanese city, Less then a decade earlier the US dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, so is Godzilla actually a metaphor for the USA?

#2 Posted by Push (1552 posts) - - Show Bio

Possibly, more than likely!

#3 Posted by Vance Astro (91196 posts) - - Show Bio

No.Godzilla is a symbol of Japan.

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#4 Posted by Shanana (53023 posts) - - Show Bio

I actually thought about that.

#5 Edited by Push (1552 posts) - - Show Bio
Vance Astro said:
"No.Godzilla is a symbol of Japan."

Yeah, we know that big G came out of Japanese culture, but I think the question being asked, is has it to do with America and the Nuclear bombing of the two Japanese cities! I would say the answer is yes, cause i'm not sure if they'd have gotten the idea for Godzilla any time soon after that had it not been for the bombing of those two cities.
#6 Posted by bioghost (1245 posts) - - Show Bio

weird metharpor but so true

#7 Posted by Acheron (1458 posts) - - Show Bio

I heard that Godzilla was the sort of metaphor for the bomb......since, in the movies, he destroys Japan as well as saves it, like a bomb can (depending on who's wielding it).

#8 Posted by HobGadling (706 posts) - - Show Bio

He's basically just an anti-nuclear weapons symbol.

#9 Posted by Midnightist (10858 posts) - - Show Bio

more like a combination I'd say more like the hazards the Americans caused to the Japanese and the dangers of nuclear weapons

#10 Posted by Push (1552 posts) - - Show Bio

To rephrase: He's from Japanese culture that stemmed from WWII bombing of the two Japanese cities wich involved America, since they were the ones who did the bombing! As Acheron put it, he's a metaphor for the N-Bombe, which is America!

#11 Posted by SuperGamera (565 posts) - - Show Bio

Godzilla movies of the 70's teach us bombs can be our friends

#12 Posted by Acheron (1458 posts) - - Show Bio
SuperGamera said:
"Godzilla movies of the 70's teach us bombs can be our friends"
I concur :)
#13 Posted by inferiorego (23163 posts) - - Show Bio
eganthevile1 said:
"I was thinking about the fact that Godzilla was a monster born of nuclear power, that came out in the 1950's and ravaged a japanese city, Less then a decade earlier the US dropped two atomic bombs on Japan, so is Godzilla actually a metaphor for the USA?"
We discussed this ad-nausea in my Post WWII Japanese Film class. At one point, 50s-70s he was a metaphor for the American way of life; however, that has been lost over the years since America & Japan now work together decently well.
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#14 Posted by Vance Astro (91196 posts) - - Show Bio
Push said:
"Vance Astro said:
"No.Godzilla is a symbol of Japan."

Yeah, we know that big G came out of Japanese culture, but I think the question being asked, is has it to do with America and the Nuclear bombing of the two Japanese cities! I would say the answer is yes, cause i'm not sure if they'd have gotten the idea for Godzilla any time soon after that had it not been for the bombing of those two cities."
The Japanese claim him to their pop culture like they do Sentai (Power Rangers) and Ultraman.
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#15 Posted by inferiorego (23163 posts) - - Show Bio
Vance Astro said:
"Push said:
"Vance Astro said:
"No.Godzilla is a symbol of Japan."

Yeah, we know that big G came out of Japanese culture, but I think the question being asked, is has it to do with America and the Nuclear bombing of the two Japanese cities! I would say the answer is yes, cause i'm not sure if they'd have gotten the idea for Godzilla any time soon after that had it not been for the bombing of those two cities."
The Japanese claim him to their pop culture like they do Sentai (Power Rangers) and Ultraman."
At one point though, as I stated above, he was a symbol for the American way. Lots of pop culture icons in every culture's history are symbols for something going on during that time period.
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#16 Posted by Overseer (404 posts) - - Show Bio
Acheron said:
"I heard that Godzilla was the sort of metaphor for the bomb......since, in the movies, he destroys Japan as well as saves it, like a bomb can (depending on who's wielding it)."

Godzilla himself was a metaphor for the Atomic Bomb itself. Tanaka had no direct connection to the USA in mind when he made the original movie.
#17 Posted by Vance Astro (91196 posts) - - Show Bio
inferiorego said:
"Vance Astro said:
"Push said:
"Vance Astro said:
"No.Godzilla is a symbol of Japan."

Yeah, we know that big G came out of Japanese culture, but I think the question being asked, is has it to do with America and the Nuclear bombing of the two Japanese cities! I would say the answer is yes, cause i'm not sure if they'd have gotten the idea for Godzilla any time soon after that had it not been for the bombing of those two cities."
The Japanese claim him to their pop culture like they do Sentai (Power Rangers) and Ultraman."
At one point though, as I stated above, he was a symbol for the American way. Lots of pop culture icons in every culture's history are symbols for something going on during that time period."
F#ck Godzilla.
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#18 Posted by Overseer (404 posts) - - Show Bio
Vance Astro said:
"inferiorego said:
"Vance Astro said:
"Push said:
"Vance Astro said:
"No.Godzilla is a symbol of Japan."

Yeah, we know that big G came out of Japanese culture, but I think the question being asked, is has it to do with America and the Nuclear bombing of the two Japanese cities! I would say the answer is yes, cause i'm not sure if they'd have gotten the idea for Godzilla any time soon after that had it not been for the bombing of those two cities."
The Japanese claim him to their pop culture like they do Sentai (Power Rangers) and Ultraman."
At one point though, as I stated above, he was a symbol for the American way. Lots of pop culture icons in every culture's history are symbols for something going on during that time period."
F#ck Godzilla.
"

What jealouse that he's the most powerful thing to come out of the world?
#19 Posted by EganTheVile1 (6199 posts) - - Show Bio

I remember when I first brought this thought up 12 years ago to my friends and it blew their minds, of course they were stoners so that was not exactly a difficult achievement, lol

#20 Posted by War Killer (20138 posts) - - Show Bio

Hmmmmmmm...Atomic Bomb?

#21 Posted by Arbitius (383 posts) - - Show Bio

the atomic bomb in general.

atomic breath? destroyer of cities? protector of places(US believed the atomic bomb could save many american soldier's lives, instead of invading Japan.)? originating from radioactive experiments?

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