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Godzilla VS. King Ghidorah seen as Anti-American

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Mothra LarvaeMember0 XPNov-04-2014 11:53 PM

Some critic have said that Godzilla vs King Ghidorah was seen as Anti-American because Godzilla kill the American soldiers not the Japanese during WW2, and the American from the future come to the past to take over Japan. Do you guys see it as Anti-American?

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JRR

Mothra LarvaeMember0 XPNov-05-2014 4:32 AM

Many Godzilla movies where Antiamerican and AntiSoviet, like Mothra, Godzilla vs Biollante and others

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The King of the Monsters

Mothra LarvaeMember2 XPNov-05-2014 5:14 AM

Kazuki Omori specifically said in interviews that the film was not meant to be anti-American, but I think it does contain some anti-Western sentiments. Japan and the United States had some economic tensions between each other at the time, so the movie reflects that.

"When man falls into conflict with nature, monsters are born." - Professor Hayashida, The Return of Godzilla

Durp004

BaragonMember425 XPNov-05-2014 6:20 AM

It did seem like there were a few parts that did seem anti western, and while this isn't the only Godzilla to show sentiments like that this one came across rather strong.

G. H. (Gman)

GiganAdmin4385 XPNov-05-2014 7:23 AMTeam Ghidorah

^Agreed. It was controversial when it first came out for this very reason.

Although many Godzilla films weren't so much anti-American as anti-capitalism. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah follows suit for with warnings of unchecked capitalism, unchecked nationalism and anti-facism.

"'Nostalgic' does not equal 'good,' and 'standards' does not equal 'elitism.'" "Being offended is inevitable. Living offended is your choice."

dinoboy22

Mothra LarvaeMember0 XPNov-05-2014 8:02 AM

the original gojira itself was somewhat anti-american. the monster be a representation of america and its atomic bombs so this really isnt that suprising

The King of the Monsters

Mothra LarvaeMember2 XPNov-05-2014 12:08 PM

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah has a lot of messages, none of which are specifically anti-American. Aside from the anti-war and anti-nuclear weapons messages, it also warns against both extremes of the political spectrum. It warns against reckless unchecked capitalism (Mr. Shindo), and extreme leftism (the Futurians).

"When man falls into conflict with nature, monsters are born." - Professor Hayashida, The Return of Godzilla

Daikaiju Danielle

Mothra LarvaeMember0 XPNov-05-2014 2:26 PM

@DinoBoy

 

The original Gojira was more anti-Atomic Bomb Testing than anti-American.

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Huge-Ben

BaragonMember330 XPNov-05-2014 2:27 PM

^What the lovely lady above me just said.

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NateZilla10000

Mothra LarvaeMember75 XPNov-05-2014 3:05 PM

@Daikaiju_Danielle

 

Although the bomb that awakened Gojira in the film was presumedly a test by the U.S.

 

So kind of both in the end, I guess.

 

 

G. H. (Gman)

GiganAdmin4385 XPNov-05-2014 3:06 PMTeam Ghidorah

Dinoboy22,
That's a misconception sprouted by American criticism. Although Honda made plenty of anti-captitalistic movies, they weren't outright anti-American. Honda was a pacifist who begrugedly destroyed military might in his films and prefered making movies about global unification in the face of a greater threat. The notion that Godzilla was a symbol for America is an incorrect criticsm not founded until the late 50s/early 60s.

"'Nostalgic' does not equal 'good,' and 'standards' does not equal 'elitism.'" "Being offended is inevitable. Living offended is your choice."

Titan of Water

BaragonMember458 XPMay-17-2019 4:25 PM

I never even saw Honda’s message of anti-capitalist, but rather what happens when it goes unchecked and the danger of easily becoming greedy.

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G. H. (Gman)

GiganAdmin4385 XPMay-17-2019 8:34 PMTeam Ghidorah

^That might be a better way of putting. Mothra vs. Godzilla is often painted as anti-capitalist, but "unchecked" might be a better word for it.

"'Nostalgic' does not equal 'good,' and 'standards' does not equal 'elitism.'" "Being offended is inevitable. Living offended is your choice."

G. H. (Gman)

GiganAdmin4385 XPMay-17-2019 8:34 PMTeam Ghidorah

Also, holy hell! This thread is 5 years old?

"'Nostalgic' does not equal 'good,' and 'standards' does not equal 'elitism.'" "Being offended is inevitable. Living offended is your choice."
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