The Kaiju Film

Author: Jason Barr
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476623953
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The Kaiju (strange monster) film genre has a number of themes that go well beyond the "big monsters stomping on cities" motif. Since the seminal King Kong 1933) and the archetypal Godzilla (1954), kaiju has mined the subject matter of science run amok, militarism, capitalism, colonialism, consumerism and pollution. This critical examination of kaiju considers the entirety of the genre--the major franchises, along with less well known films like Kronos (1957), Monsters (2010) and Pacific Rim (2013). The author examines how kaiju has crossed cultures from its original folkloric inspirations in both the U.S. and Japan and how the genre continues to reflect national values to audiences.

The Kaiju Film

Author: Jason Barr
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 078649963X
Format: PDF
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The Kaiju (strange monster) film genre has a number of themes that go well beyond the "big monsters stomping on cities" motif. Since the seminal King Kong 1933) and the archetypal Godzilla (1954), kaiju has mined the subject matter of science run amok, militarism, capitalism, colonialism, consumerism and pollution. This critical examination of kaiju considers the entirety of the genre--the major franchises, along with less well known films like Kronos (1957), Monsters (2010) and Pacific Rim (2013). The author examines how kaiju has crossed cultures from its original folkloric inspirations in both the U.S. and Japan and how the genre continues to reflect national values to audiences.

Godzilla on My Mind

Author: William M. Tsutsui
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 113705557X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This year, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of his first appearance on the screen, the original, uncut version of Godzilla was released in American theaters to the delight of Sci-Fi and B-Movie fans everywhere. Ever since Godzilla (or, Gojira, as he is known in Japan) crawled out of his radioactive birthplace to cut a swath of destruction through Tokyo, he has claimed a place alongside King Kong and others in the movie monster pantheon. He is the third most recognizable Japanese celebrity in the United States, and his fan base continues to grow as children today prove his enduring appeal. Now, Bill Tsutsui, a life-long fan and historian, takes a light-hearted look at the big, green, radioactive lizard, revealing how he was born and how he became a megastar. With humorous anecdotes, Godzilla on My Mind explores his lasting cultural impact on the world. This book is sure to be welcomed by pop culture enthusiasts, fans, and historians alike.

Giant Creatures in Our World

Author: Camille D.G. Mustachio
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476668361
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“As Godzilla proved in his ’54 debut, rampaging monsters are to be taken seriously. This collection does just that, examining these cultural giants with the gravity they deserve, but also the fun audiences expect.”—Rod Lott, Flick Attack “A collection of essays as big and impressive as the monsters and heroes it concerns. This anthology will be required reading for fans who love Kaiju, and for scholars who are curious about how our culture views these giant creatures.”—John Kenneth Muir, author, The Encyclopedia of Superheroes of Film and Television Dismissed as camp by critics but revered by fans, the kaiju or "strange creature" film has become an iconic element of both Japanese and American pop culture. From homage to parody to advertising, references to Godzilla--and to a lesser extent Gamera, Rodan, Ultraman and others--abound in entertainment media. Godzilla in particular is so ubiquitous, his name is synonymous with immensity and destruction. In this collection of new essays, contributors examine kaiju representations in a range of contexts and attempt to define this at times ambiguous genre.

Japan s Favorite Mon star

Author: Steve Ryfle
Publisher: ECW Press
ISBN: 1550223488
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More than 40 years after he emerged from the mushroom cloud of an H-Bomb test, Godzilla reigns as the king of monsters. The book dispels the myths and illuminates the mysteries surrounding the enigmatic "mon-star", and is loaded with background information and trivia about the people who created Japan's favorite monster. 50 illustrations.

Godzilla

Author: Robert Marrero
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781888214017
Format: PDF, Mobi
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As the premiere book to list and review all Godzilla movies, this book lists, reviews and critiques each and every Godzilla movie ever made. Each listing is accompanied by cast and credit information, alternative titles, availability on video, and production notes.

The Art of Japanese Monsters

Author: Sean Linkenback
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780991459919
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This is the complete reference guide to Japanese Science Fiction Film Posters from 1954 to present. Featuring fantastic film art from 65 different Japanese science fiction films, including all your favorites: The Godzilla series, Gamera, Mothra, Rodan, Gappa, Majin, the Gargantuas, H-Man, and many more. Over1,000 posters and lobby cards from 20 different countries featured in full color.

Japan s Green Monsters

Author: Sean Rhoads
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476663904
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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In 1954, a massive irradiated dinosaur emerged from Tokyo Bay and rained death and destruction on the Japanese capital: Godzilla. Over the course of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, Godzilla and other monsters such as Mothra and Gamera continually plague Japan and its people. These Japanese giant monsters, known as kaijū, and their respective movies, or kaijū eiga, have gained notoriety and cult status around the world. But what do these terrifying creatures represent? In this book, Sean Rhoads and Brooke McCorkle provide a new interpretation on this popular film genre. The authors argue that in addition to giant monsters, metropolitan mayhem, space travel, and alien invasions, across the genre kaijū eiga consistently address contemporary environmental concerns and ecological issues. By analyzing different aspects of Japanese history, society, and film, Rhoads and McCorkle demonstrate the various ways Japan's monster cinema tackles issues ranging from nuclear power and industrial pollution to biodiversity and climate change.

Apocalypse Then

Author: Mike Bogue
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476629005
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The United States, the only country to have dropped the bomb, and Japan, the only one to have suffered its devastation, understandably portray the nuclear threat differently on film. American science fiction movies of the 1950s and 1960s generally proclaim that it is possible to put the nuclear genie back in the bottle. Japanese films of the same period assert that once freed the nuclear genie can never again be imprisoned. This book examines genre films from the two countries released between 1951 and 1967—including Godzilla (1954), The Mysterians (1957), The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), On the Beach (1959), The Last War (1961) and Dr. Strangelove (1964)—to show the view from both sides of the Pacific.