2016年9月25日日曜日

Background of Shin-Godzilla chapter 2 : Fear of Japanese

What movie become a big hit ? There are so many conditions, but I think one is that whether the movie receives empathy or not, in other words whether it appeals to people's unconscious mind or potential demand and fear or not.
(It's just like "Men in Black" is based on immigration agent and aliens in the movie are metaphor of illegal immigrants.)
In that case, Why "Shin-Godzilla" became a big hit in Japan ? what's the potential fear of Japanese ? We can easily guess the movie is a homage for the people who faced great earthquake and nuclear accident in 2011.
The other is that, I think it's hard to understand without deep knowledge of Japan-U.S. relations, suspicion that America double-cross Japan someday even Japan has remained loyal to America around 70 years.
I think it's timely topic because recently Donald Trump said if someone invade Japan America must protect Japan, but if someone invade America Japan has no obligations to protect America.
I don't know Trump is whether a populist or just a empty head, but I'm fairly convinced when Chinese force attack Senkaku islands which is inherently territories of Japan, American force won't go into action.
(In the movie anchorman said "disturbing trend at Senkaku islands" and this phrase means China try to invade Japan taking advantage of the confusion)
I'd like to think America is a alliance partner which share values of democracy, and I give a special thanks to American soldiers who went to Fukushima at Tomodachi operation despite the risk of radioactivity.
But I want to talk about the suspicion because it seems that Trump got so many supporters and many people are fascinated with his opinion Japan-U.S. relations is unfair and unilateral treaty.
In the next chapter, I'm expected to write about Japanese force.

2016年9月23日金曜日

Background of Shin-Godzilla Chapter 1



Recently I watched the movie "Shin-Godzilla". I was deeply impressed by it and felt close to tears plenty of times.
But I heard that it received so many negative reviews at oversea and was already off the screen at Taiwan (Chinese Taipei).
In fact I guarantee if you go to the theater expecting some kind of disaster movie, you will get bored with so many conference scene.
I understand it because this movie has much to do with social circumstances of Japan (so if you have interest in Japanese culture it must be fun as research object).
Loosely speaking, in the first half of a film the director satirize weakness of Japanese, for example slowness of decision-making, ostrich policy, vertically structured administration, or army which bound with so many laws.
And in the latter half he describe strength of Japanese, always face up to difficulty not as an individual but as a team.
General director Hideaki Anno is my hero in eary life, and his animation movie "The end of Evangelion" is one of the best movie in my life even if now I'm a old man and have little interest in Otaku culture.
I'd like to believe you'll enjoy the conference scene even if you don't know meaning of words, just like the scene of uptight talking at NERV base.
And from perspective of Otaku culture, one of the character Hiromi Bitou got great popularity now because her sulky face remind them famous character of Evangelion Rei Ayanami.
But I also think it will be more fun if you have a background information of it.
I heard the movie is before the premiere at North America and I don't wanna write spoiler review, especially how American force (or UN force) play a role in the story.
So I'd like to write about relationship between America and Japan which has no direct relation with the movie.