Shin godzilla

Coali­tion of chaos

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re­leased OUT NOW! 2017 | 12 | Blu-ray/dVd

Di­rec­tors shinji Higuchi, Hideaki anno Cast Hiroki Hasegawa, Yu­taka Take­nouchi, satomi Ishi­hara, ren Ôsugi

Godzilla is a huge part of western pop cul­ture. Whether you watched the ’70s Hanna-Bar­bera car­toon, stepped on the big G’s star on the Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame, or bought tick­ets to the movies, you could be for­given for think­ing he’s an Amer­i­can cre­ation.

Shin Godzilla is here to tell you that’s very much not the case, re­turn­ing the char­ac­ter to his roots to cre­ate a film that’s prob­a­bly more re­ward­ing if you’ve got a work­ing knowl­edge of the mod­ern Ja­panese po­lit­i­cal sys­tem.

It’s ba­si­cally In The Loop with an oc­ca­sional mon­ster, as Godzilla’s ex­is­tence is used to satirise gov­ern­men­tal bu­reau­cracy, cut­ting from shots of an evolv­ing kaiju to con­ver­sa­tions be­tween su­per­in­ten­dents, su­per­vi­sory com­mit­tees, sci­en­tists, bureau chiefs, min­is­ters and cab­i­net sec­re­taries, as they strug­gle to deal with the sit­u­a­tion. Godzilla, once a nu­clear al­le­gory, here be­comes a sym­bol of wider nat­u­ral dis­as­ter.

If that all sounds a bit stuffy, it re­ally isn’t – who knew you could get so much ten­sion from red tape? For long-term fans, it’s heaven: a re­boot that re­spects the past while bring­ing the char­ac­ter firmly into the mod­ern world.

Ex­tras Three very tech­ni­cal fea­turettes show­cas­ing test footage, ef­fects breakdowns and pre-vis se­quences (66 min­utes); trail­ers. Sam Ashurst

The Ja­panese word “shin” has a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent mean­ings, in­clud­ing “new”, “true”, “god” and “evolved”.

You shouldn’t have called Godzilla an over­grown gecko.

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