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Godzilla's Enduring Popularity
Godzilla has introduced generations around the world to Japan, its culture, and its society. The character has also evolved from a destroyer in its early days to become a savior and hero. Interestingly, Godzilla has a markedly different depiction in Japanese films versus American films. This program will also focus on how Godzilla movies address issues of environmental challenges, diseases and pandemics, political leadership, and natural disasters. Join us for a discussion on why international audiences continue to flock to Godzilla film screenings, why Godzilla is important in today's world, and what we can learn from this iconic monster.

Dec 2, 2020 06:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Steve Ryfle
Film journalist, co-author of Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film From Godzilla to Kurosawa and Godzilla vs. The World
Bill Tsutsui
Edwin O. Reischauer Distinguished Professor of Japanese Studies and Visiting Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations @Harvard University
Ryan James Barr (Moderator)
Program and Development Coordinator @Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth