What you need to know:
The story of Godzilla, “King of the Monsters”, has a relationship with the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs of World War II.
How many productions of the “king of the monsters” have not been released in recent years and will soon be released on the big screens, but… Did you know that the origin of Godzilla has a certain relationship with the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs that were dropped during World War II?
Gojira or Godzilla?
Before explaining to them why Godzilla’s origin is related to the bombs that fell on Japan during one of the most terrible world conflicts in history, we will tell you a little about how the name of this popular movie monster came about.
According to the BBC, initially the name of this monster was not Godzilla, but gojiraa fact that many fans may already know, but others will be surprised that It comes from the combination of the Japanese words “gorira”, which means “gorilla”, and “kujira”, which means “whale”..
So why did you change your name? The modification occurred between the 1954 Japanese film and the 1956 American adaptation, and it is said that It arose from a nickname that a rather large man who worked at Toho studios had.the film’s producer.
The origin of Godzilla and the bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The most recent films of the “king of the monsters” talk about secret organizations, conspiracies, beasts hidden under the land and sea, and fights in which he always comes out the winner, but the first film made about Godzilla is related to the nuclear bombs that fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
And we are not inventing it; It was said by Tomoyuki Tanaka himself, producer and creator of Godzilla together with director Ishiro Hondaspecial effects expert Eiji Tsuburaya and composer Akira Ifukube.
“In those days, the Japanese had a real horror of radiation, and that horror is what made Godzilla so great. From the beginning it symbolized nature’s revenge against humanity.”, commented in 1984.
“The king of the monsters” emerged from the explosion of a hydrogen bomb
According to The New York Times, in 1954, Tomoyuki Tanaka He came up with the idea of creating Godzilla while returning from a business trip.
That’s how it is; according to the New York newspaper, I was traveling by planeand when it passed over Bikini Islandswhere years before the crew of a Japanese tuna boat had suffered the consequences of radiation from the explosion of a hydrogen bomb being tested by the United States, came up with the story of a nuclear monster coming out of the sea.
And yes, although initially the idea was that Godzilla would have a close relationship to the atomic bombs dropped during and after World War II, These details of the story were polished until they became subtle.
“I think to visually show that the bomb created the monster, that would have been going too far and I wouldn’t have been surprised if people had protested a movie like that.”, Ishiro Honda said about it in his biography written by Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski.
For this reason, he also preferred to make no reference to the Japanese ship affected by the hydrogen bomb being tested by the United States: “If I had wanted that, I would have shown the creature being born from the explosion. The script was written with the ‘speculation’ that the creature was a result of that nuclear test.”.
Although… on some occasions the events that occurred in Japan during World War II in the first movie godzillalike the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs. But the element that is most related to nuclear explosions is undoubtedly the atomic breath of the popular japanese monster.
It should be noted that Honda was a soldier, but when the bombs fell, he was a prisoner in China. Upon their release, he would observe the devastation they had left behind..
What does Godzilla represent?
As the BBC says, Godzilla was neither a dinosaur, nor the combination of a gorilla and a whale; It was a metaphor for the destructive power that an atomic bomb had, causing material, physical and emotional damage..
“If Godzilla had been a dinosaur or other animal, he would have been killed with a single cannonball. But if he were equal to an atomic bomb, we wouldn’t know what to do. Therefore, I took the characteristics of an atomic bomb and applied them to Godzilla.”, explains Honda himself.
Although later, in 1992, journalist David Milner asked Honda the following: “Godzilla was born as a reaction to the development of nuclear weapons. Since nuclear war is no longer as big a threat as it once was, many fans believe that Godzilla should now be used to address environmental concerns. Do you agree with this?”. To which he responded emphatically that he agreed..
Just the new “king of the monsters” movie, “Godzilla Minus One”will deal with the same theme as the first, made in 1954, because it will put the feared Gojira in a Japan that had just come out of the war.
Everything you didn’t know . .