Monday, 26 February 2001
The United States nuked Japan twice, you will recall, and Ishiro Honda’s 1954 monster movie Gojira was conceived in response. Problem was, Honda complained, the critics in his home country didn’t really ‘get it’. In fact, domestic filmgoers struggled to take the film seriously, until it was re-cut for the US market with Perry Mason running around in it…upon which American critics Yanksplained it back to them. “This is about nuclear fears” they noted, and the idea suddenly seemed respectable. Now there’s cultural imperialism for ya.