This story was originally broadcast on May 9, 2014, in On Point with Tom Ashbrook
There’s a new Godzilla movie coming out. We’ll look at the history, meaning and
re-emergence of Godzilla.
The first time Godzilla appeared, in 1954, Japan was still deep in the trauma
of nuclear destruction. Hiroshima and Nagasaki was fresh and terrible memories.
US nuclear tests in the Pacific had just rained more death down on Japanese fishermen.
And here came the monster. Godzilla. The great force of nature from the deep. Swimming
ashore. Stomping through Tokyo. Raising radioactive hell. Godzilla came back again
and again. In movies and more. Now, maybe Fukushima’s nuclear disaster has roused
the beast. It’s back. This hour On Point: the rise and return of Godzilla.