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.