The King of Monsters
It is observed that the arrival of superhero league blockbusters has gradually shifted the popularity of charismatic actors and actresses to the characters they play on screen, giving new context to our impressions of "movie stars.'' While fictional celebrities rise, and the old stars fade, Godzilla has stood out as the king of monsters since its debut in 1954. Mutated from an ancient organism woken by the tremors of H-bomb testings in Bikini Atoll, Godzilla has become the synonym of nuclear and disaster, inflicting an addictive terror that has accumulated a variety of fans. Godzilla's influence goes beyond its role as it echoes the trauma of post-war Japan and raises environmental awareness, triggering reflection on our own reality. Endowed with a realistic background, the existence of Godzilla is closely linked to our surroundings, demonstrating versatility in plot, which has allowed it to star in a total of 37 films and counting. For years Godzilla has ruled its genre and will never cease to intrigue fans, sparking endless speculations on the global superstar.
Which Way to Tokyo?
When Godzilla turned Tokyo into ashes in 1954 faster than the city recovered from the war, it became natural to associate the big monster with "Tokyo.'' Though we expect Godzilla to carry on its original settings in every appearance, the succeeding series rarely stage in Tokyo. Similarly, Godzilla evolves according to production budget, contemporary trends and directorial preferences, leaving certain familiar elements behind as the franchise grows. Prepare to discover the unexpected variations of Godzilla in TFAI's 8 selected titles, kicking off with the classic Godzilla, followed by King Kong vs. Godzilla, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, Godzilla vs. Biollante, Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah and Shin Godzilla. Though no matter where the iconic monster lands, Godzilla forever remains breathtaking within and behind the screen, and imperishable by time.