The kaiju film : a critical study of cinema's biggest monsters
The Kaiju (strange monster) film genre has themes that go well beyond the "big monsters stomping on cities" motif. This critical examination of kaiju considers the entirety of the genre, how it has crossed cultures from its original folkloric inspirations in both the U.S. and Japan and how it continues to reflect national values to audiences"
Print Book, English, 2016
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, Jefferson, 2016
Criticism, interpretation, etc
vi, 203 s. ; 23 cm
Introduction: a genre apart
The Japanese origins of the kaiju
Disasters, manmade and natural
International and domestic politics
Science and the weapons of mass destruction
America and kaiju
The body, gender, and kaiju
The role of nostalgia
Conclusion: what's next?