The Gojira Papers
36 Pages Posted: 17 Apr 2014
Date Written: April 15, 2014
Gojira (1954) is a Japanese film with two intertwined plots: 1) a monster plot about a prehistoric beast angered by atomic testing, and 2) a love plot structured around a conflict between traditional arranged marriage and modern marriage by couple’s choice. The film exhibits ring-composition (A B C D C’ D’ A’) as a device linking the two apparently independent plots together. Nationalist sentiment plays an important role in that linkage. the paper ends with a 6-page table detailing the actions in the film from beginning to end.
Keywords: film, movie, monster, Gojira, Japanese, ring-form, ring-composition, description, nationalism, marriage
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