23- No ‘I’ in Team

Yeah, it’s “Shin Godzilla” (also known as Godzilla Resurgance). And it’s relevant to today’s world and this country’s election.

But I would remiss if I didn’t say: POTENTIAL SPOILER WARNING!!!

Yes, a 62 year old Japanese Monster Movie Franchise has something relevant to say about the here and now. Shin Godzilla, the 29th Godzilla film produced by Japan’s Toho Studios and the 32nd worldwide is a wonderful.

A great deal of the movie is a political satire on the ineffectiveness of government bureaucrats who are worried about optics and their own political careers while a giant monster is running up a river outside of Tokyo (at the beginning).

It was hilarious, in a very cynical way watching them try spin it.

And then in comes the “experts” with the massive titles who effectively said “we have no f*cking idea” and the Government guys are left scrambling around like headless chickens trying to scratch their asses.

“It will never be able to survive on land”. It does.

“It will never…” and it does…

{…} very Japanese sense of humor. Case in point: Throughout the film, whenever a government official speaks, their title will flash across the bottom of the screen. As the film progresses and the bureaucratic situation gets increasingly complicated, those titles get longer and longer, until one person’s title takes up half the screen. It’s a subtle visual gag, highlighting the absurdity of not being able to attack the giant monster who’s currently leveling Tokyo because, as it moves from sea to land, no one can agree whose jurisdiction the campaign should fall under. (AV club)

Shin Godzilla

Shin Godzilla Movie Review

Roger Ebert:

“Shin Godzilla” is a reboot, making this the first time that the Japanese military—or the world at large—have ever encountered Godzilla. The American government is responsible for dumping nuclear waste that an extinct lizard feeds off of. But “Shin Godzilla,” the first Japanese Godzilla film since deliriously kitschy 2004 battle royale “Godzilla: Final Wars,” treats Godzilla like an act of God: He’s here, and must be dealt with regardless of who made Him.

“Shin Godzilla” is, in that sense, about damage control. There are singular heroes, like Disaster Prevention bureau analyst/leader Yaguchi (Hiroki Hasegawa) and consulting biologist Ogashira (Mikako Ichikawa). But for the most part, the film’s human segments are a wall of dialogue/consultation between various superintendents, supervisory committees, ministers, scientists, bureau chiefs and cabinet secretaries. Politicians scramble to take care of their end of the Godzilla situation regardless of their reasons. Some are careerists looking to get ahead, others are civil servants looking to serve the public. Writer/co-director Hideaki Anno (creator of anime cult classic “Neon Genesis Evangelion”) makes it easy to tell who the real good guys are in this film and who are just ineffectual bureaucrats. But every human politician must work together to stop Godzilla regardless of their intentions or skill sets. There’s no “I” in this team.

Like a quasi-Aaron Sorkin-esque civics lesson that happens to be about a giant monster, “Shin Godzilla” is about how the really good politicians are accountable for their actions, a message that American politicians should heed.

Hear that Lyin’ Hillary? They don’t blame things on You Tube!

They don’t make up fake ads on Craig’s List.

Parade fake bimbos in front of the camera as distraction.

Use a Dead Ambassador as a distraction from your other scandals.

But The Japanese government is given an ultimatum by the UN to figure out how to destroy it, or they will use a nuclear missile on Tokyo. After all, the UN is “consensus” and “consensus” not only important, but always right. 🙂

But what they did do, was take lots of money to dump nuclear waste of their shores. And the there was the issue of Fukashima and domestic nuclear power and it’s consequences that is at the center of the movie.

Whereas the original 1954 movie was a reaction to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, this one is a modern 21st Century version where they reference this very thing but mostly the ineffectual old-time bureaucrats are out-maneuvered by nerds and 21st Century Tech.

The nerds save the old fart elitists from their own spin asses.

The failure of this attempt prompts the American government to propose a nuclear solution to the Godzilla problem, an unsubtle plot point that fully establishes rogue official Rando Yaguchi (Hiroki Hasegawa) and his special task force of “pains in the bureaucracy” as Japan’s last hope. (Av Club)

He’s the good guy in the film. He and his band of nerds. He’s way ahead of the curve and outside the box. Which is very unusual for Japanese society.

Unfortunately, most of our young people are afraid of their own shadows and want to hide in “safe spaces” when people dare to disagree with them on any level or something “offensive” that they don’t want to hear, even if it is the truth.

There are none with a rampaging monster on the loose.

They even have a wanna-be Female President in Japanese-American diplomat Kayoko (Satomi Ishihara) who is so ambitious she’s willing to do most anything for the optics of her career.

Sound familiar? 🙂

Still: you shouldn’t watch “Shin Godzilla” for Godzilla alone. He’s not really the star of the film—Yaguchi and the rest of his human adversaries are. They credibly resist the end of the world with ingenuity and teamwork, making “Shin Godzilla” just as winningly optimistic as it is pleasurably eccentric.

Also read: http://www.free-times.com/blogs/shin-godzilla-has-no-respect-for-tradition-or-expectations

“Do as you like” 🙂


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