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Godzilla and the Japanese Nightmare: When "Them!" Is U.S.

Chon Noriega
Cinema Journal
Vol. 27, No. 1 (Autumn, 1987), pp. 63-77
DOI: 10.2307/1225324
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1225324
Page Count: 15
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Godzilla and the Japanese Nightmare: When "Them!" Is U.S.
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Abstract

That "Godzilla" (1954) protested United States H-bomb tests along the Bikini Atoll seems at once obvious and repressed. Godzilla is, after all, a comic icon in the United States. Placing the genre in a historical context reveals its dual inscription into Japanese and American culture and its ongoing political message, from H-bomb tests to "Star Wars."

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