The Kaiju Film: A Critical Study of Cinema's Biggest Monsters

The Kaiju Film A Critical Study of Cinema s Biggest Monsters The Kaiju strange monster or strange beast film genre has a number of themes that go well beyond the big monsters stomping on cities motif Since the seminal King Kong and the archetypal Godzilla

  • Title: The Kaiju Film: A Critical Study of Cinema's Biggest Monsters
  • Author: Jason Barr
  • ISBN: 9780786499632
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Kaiju strange monster or strange beast 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 considThe Kaiju strange monster or strange beast 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 known films like Kronos 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.

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    1. Jason Barr takes delves into the genre of Kaiju films and looks at why they resound with viewer both in the US and abroad.This critical study looks at a variety of psychological and sociological explanation on why viewers are drawn to the films. Barr discusses political, cultural, and environmental influences with out becoming stiff. In other words, this is easy to read and not just made for scholars. I grew up B movies and Kaiju films. I knew all of Godzilla's nemesis and allies by heart. So I [...]

    2. The Kaiju Film by Jason Barr is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early November.So, I've been getting into Pinterest lately and the wealth and breadth of photos of things that are considered 'Nerdy' is quite difficult to quantify. But, I do think that whatever metrics being used is gradually learning that I like Kaiju and other kinds of Japanese sci-fi, especially Godzilla. What The Kaiju Film offers, however, is an academic dissection of the themes of Kaiju films - such as natural disaster [...]

    3. Kaiju fans may wonder what exactly they will find in this book, so let me give you an idea. First of all, there are no pictures (other than on the cover); no reviews, no making-of stories, no biographies of the filmmakers, no special-effects information . . . in short, none of the kinds of information one typically finds in a movie-monster book. This is a "critical study" of the genre. What does that mean? That means it looks at kaiju films as reflective of, and commenting on, societal concerns, [...]

    4. Jason Barr takes the reader through the history, development, and structure of Kaiju films. For those who do not know, these are the films that often feature creatures (characters?) like Godzilla. Modern examples include Pacific Rim and Cloverfield.This book worked nostalgically for me as Barr elaborated on creatures featured in these films, with numerous examples and a look inside this world of fandom. The book also works for cinephiles, of which I count myself a member. The descriptions of var [...]

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