A still from 2016’s Shin Godzilla. Photo: Handout

Godzilla at 65: still wreaking havoc, but now a reminder of Japan’s anxious past

  • As one of Japan’s biggest pop-culture exports celebrates its 65th birthday, the monster’s backstory prompts memories of the nation’s harrowing struggle with nuclear conflict
  • After 20 years ago appearing to be on its last legs, the film franchise is now roaring to box office success with Hollywood remakes
Topic |   Japan

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A still from 2016’s Shin Godzilla. Photo: Handout
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.