60th Anniversary Screening of Godzilla 

Thursday, May 15

On Friday, May 16, movie audiences will watch fearfully as another iteration--albeit, a rebooted and much larger version--of Godzilla, the giant, city-destroying reptilian monster, stomps across big screens all over the country (scheduled for a July release in Japan). Unlike the 1998 remake, this Godzilla's origin story and the film's allegorical nature hearken back to Ishiro Honda's original 1954 Japanese film. If you'd like to compare the Godzillas and see just how much the creature has changed and yet stayed the same, you're in luck: The Idaho Horror Film Festival and the Idaho Japanese Association are celebrating the 60th anniversary of Godzilla with a screening of the 1954 original. In the May 7 issue of Boise Weekly, our intrepid news editor/film buff George Prentice chatted with IHH director Molly Deckart and IJA spokeswoman Naho Nakashima about the screening. Deckart said the original film is "still groundbreaking," and Nakashima, who grew up in Japan, explained how the Japanese "saw Godzilla very differently than American audiences did in the 1950s. ... Japan was still deeply scarred from the war. ... In Godzilla, the Japanese thought, 'We can defeat this. We have strength.'"

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