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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

Godzilla: still relevant and raging after 60 years

AFP  Tokyo, June 18, 2014
First Published: 13:17 IST(18/6/2014) | Last Updated: 14:50 IST(18/6/2014)

While a digitalised Hollywood reboot stomps its way to box office success around the world, the original Godzilla -- a man in a rubber suit -- has hit screens in Japan again, as relevant as ever.

The 1954 classic, which spawned more than two dozen follow-ups, has been cleaned up for a two-week run in Tokyo to mark the 60th anniversary of the monster from the deep.

Read: Movie review by Rashid Irani: Godzilla is the king of the monsters

Despite the shaky sets and the all-too-obvious latex costumes, a new generation of movie-goers dared themselves impressed.

"I was really surprised to see a Tokyo that isn't the current, neat Tokyo, but was just some 10 years after war, trampled again," said Kenichi Takagi, 44, who took along his 10-year-old son.

Visuals and audio have been given a scrub to remove some of the speckles and pops that cinema-goers are now unused to experiencing, although there is no hiding the fact that the creature is really a heavily-sweating actor in a suit.

But the movie's enduring popularity six decades on is testament to the continuing resonance of its themes of human helplessness in the face of forces that cannot be controlled.

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