Gojira (1954) Originally titled Gojira (directed by Ishiro Honda) but American “translation” turned it into Godzilla Gojira is a combination of two Japanese words: gorira ("gorilla"), and kujira ("whale“) Produced by Toho Company
Godzilla…American style It was Edmund Goldman who found the original Godzilla in a California Chinatown theater. He bought the international rights for $25,000, then sold them to a small production company, with financial backing and successfully adapted it for American audiences.
Perry Mason… The adaptation process consisted of filming numerous new scenes featuring Raymond Burr and others, and inserting them into an edited version of the Japanese original to create a new film. Careful attention was paid to the visual tone of the film.
Keeping it “Real” A documentary style was imposed on the original dramatic material through Burr's dialogue and stentorian narration; he plays a reporter, replacing a comical reporter character in the Japanese original— motif in later films.
Sequelmania Due to its international success, numerous sequels, stories, toys, cartoons, etc. were produced—and still continue to this day. One sign of its initial success was the crossover between Japan’s Godzilla and America’s King Kong
Winner??? Urban myths: In Japan’s version, Godzilla arises as the victor In America’s, Kong is victorious Nevertheless, the impact of Godzilla garnered attention in Japan and USA
What elements of Gojira, the original Japanese version (yet to be viewed), are still present/have prevalence? How does the film’s lack of color affect the experience of the film?
CLOSURE: How have the technical aspects of motion picture films been improved in Godzilla? How is the influence of American culture evident in the film? HOMEWORK: Read, highlight, and take notes “Godzilla’s Footprint” (informational text) to cite the main idea and supporting evidence
Godzilla Day 2 Goals: Ascertain the influence of culture on film Recognize the impact of a film on pop culture Identify the most important elements for telling a story through film
Godzilla Day 2: DO NOW: While the original version of the film is Japanese, how does the American version convey American influences?While the original version of the film is Japanese, how does the American version convey American influences? Which elements of the original version appear to be most prevalent in the American?Which elements of the original version appear to be most prevalent in the American?
Godzilla Day 2 Closing: Identify which elements of Godzilla: King of the Monsters are most effective as part of the storytelling process.Identify which elements of Godzilla: King of the Monsters are most effective as part of the storytelling process.
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