For some, a Kaiju Eiga Japanese only, whereas other Kaiju Eiga = film giant monsters so it covers the Giants Movie Monsters, etc … ”
Keizer Ghidorah. What are the signs that identify that particular film (monsters) is a true Kaiju Eiga (Japanese, Asian or even American) or an ordinary monster movie? Keys elements that can be easily identified in the scenario of a film and can recognize a Kaiju:
– The action takes place in a large city (usually Tokyo, Osaka and New York)
– The emergence of scientific and military (eg Professor Yamane, Godzilla 1954)
– This is often the science of getting rid of the monster (example: Oxygen Destroyer, Godzilla 1954)
– The use of “monsters” and “creature”
– The scenario often refers to the abuse of science, or wars
– A Kaiju has innate anthropomorphic characters
– A Kaiju Eiga often contains a message to philosophical thought-provoking on various topics (robotic, pollution, genetics)
– The army suffered a crushing defeat often
The next item is not a generality but can easily be verified on more than half of the films:
– Aliens who appear in the film are often related to the attack of the monster (example: Ixiens and monsters, Godzilla: Final Wars, the Seatopiens and Megalon, Godzilla Vs Megalon, Black Holers and Mecha Godzilla, Godzilla Vs Mecha Godzilla)
In addition to the scenario, there are others that are visible in the film itself:
– Cities are attacked mainly the big cities can be a critique of the uneven development of the world.
– Cities are attacked three quarters of the time totally destroyed at the end of the film, and people remain poor.
– The main buildings are destroyed factories, power plants and military facilities or government (eg King Ghidorah almost always attacking refineries, Mothra creating a cocoon at the foot of Tokyo Tower (Mothra, 1961) or the Palace of diet (Godzilla Mothra &: The Battle For Earth (1992))
– Mainly during the Showa era, the major studios actors appear in most films (example: Akira Takarada, Kenji Sahara, Akihiko Hirata, …)
– Aliens are always willing to conquer Earth

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