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- DescriptionThe Kaiju (strange monster) film genre has a number of themes that go well beyond the big monsters stomping on cities motif. Since the seminal King Kong (1933) and the archetypal Godzilla (1954), kaiju has mined the subject matter of science run amok, militarism, capitalism, colonialism, consumerism and pollution. This critical examination of kaiju considers the entirety of the genre-the major franchises, along with less well kwn films like Kros (1957), Monsters (2010) and Pacific Rim (2013). The author examines how kaiju has crossed cultures from its original folkloric inspirations in both the U.S. and Japan and how the genre continues to reflect national values to audiences.
- Author BiographyJason Barr's work has appeared in The Explicator, African American Review, and Stories of Complicated Grief: A Critical Anthology, among others. He lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA.
- Author(s)Jason Barr
- PublisherMcFarland & Co Inc
- Date of Publication31/01/2016
- SubjectFilm, TV & Radio
- Place of PublicationJefferson, NC
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMcFarland & Co Inc
- Weight318 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
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