Godzilla as Metaphor for Nuclear Anxiety – 60th Anniversary Release –



On a sunny day with calm waters, a Japanese steamer sinks in flames when the sea erupts; a salvage vessel sent to the rescue disappears the same way; exhausted, incoherent survivors babble of a monster. Could it be…? Then the biggest-budgeted film in Japanese history, the original Godzilla spawned 60 years of sequels and remakes, countless rip-offs, and a new genre: the kaiju eiga, or Japanese monster movie. Released in the U.S. in a butchered version called Godzilla: King of the Monsters, it was re-cut, re-arranged and atrociously dubbed, with cheesy new scenes (shot in Hollywood) of a pre-Perry Mason Raymond Burr observing the action from the sidelines. To make room for Burr and to excise a strong anti-nuclear subtext, King of the Monsters deleted 40 minutes of the Japanese version — its very heart — including the opening credits and ominous main theme by the great Akira Ifukube; Tokyo commuters wisecracking about surviving yet another disaster; a vituperative session in the Japanese parliament; the original cautionary ending; and more scenes with the real (human) star of the movie, Takashi Shimura (also the Seven Samurai leader that year). A tour de force by special effects genius Eiji Tsuburaya, whose use of “suitmation,” the often-belittled “man in a monster suit” method, was due to time and budget restraints.

“Pop Culture’s Grandest Symbol of Nuclear Apocalypse”

-Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

“The comic book premise is never allowed to overwhelm the director’s

clear intention – to measure the aftershocks of the nuclear obliteration,

nine years earlier, of Hiroshima and Nagasaki…

Its Significance can be glimpsed only in the Japanese version.”

-Terrence Rafferty, The New York Times

“Belongs with – and might well trump – the art films Hiroshima, Mon

Amour and Dr. Strangelove as a daring attempt to fashion a terrible poetry

from the mindmeling horror of atomic warfare.”

-J. Hoberman, Village Voice

Release in New York (April 18-26)

Film Forum

209 West Houston Street, New York, NY 10014

Release Schedule in the US

  • April 12    HOLLYWOOD,  CA    TCM Classic Film Festival
  • April 18 – 24    NEW YORK,  NY    Film Forum
  • April 25 – May 1    SANTA FE,  NM    Jean Cocteau Cinema
  • May 1    SAVANNAH,  GA    Savannah Film Festival
  • May 2 – 4 & 6    SILVER SPRING,  MD    AFI Silver
  • May 2 – 5    PORTLAND,  OR    Hollywood Theatre
  • May 2 – 8    SEATTLE,  WA    SIFF Cinema Uptown
  • May 2 – 8    SOMERVILLE,  MA    Somerville Theatre



3.11 NO-NUKES ACTION NYC presents

Action on the 3rd Anniversary of 3.11 Fukushima Nuclear Disaster


Saturday, March 15, 2014, Union Square NYC

HD, 26 min 28 sec, in English


Rude Mechanical Orchestra

The NYC Metro Raging Grannies


Cindy/ Florence Johnston Collective,  Marilyn Elie/ Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition,

Tom Thompson/ New York Solar Energy Society,  Jeanne D Shaw/ Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition,

Rachel Clark/ Global Coordinator, Interpreter, Activist,

Yuko Tonohira/ Todos Somos Japon,  Ayumi Hirai/ Todos Somos Japon

Gary Shaw/ Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition



Brooklyn for Peace, Eco-Logic (WBAI-FM), Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition (IPSEC), Shut Down Indian Point Now!, The Manhattan Project, Todos Somos Japon


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Presented by
Helen Caldicott Foundation
Physicians for Social Responsibility

The New York Academy of Medicine
March 11th & 12th 2013

CFF Video Archive Highlight vol.2

“The Revolution Has To Come From You ~ Highlight of the Symposium: The Medical & Ecological Consequence of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident~”
HD, 31 min 10 sec, in English

Watch the rest of 23 lectures of this Symposium at Cinema Forum Fukushima Video Archive
Vimeo & YouTube:

CFF Video Archive Highlight vol.1

SD & HD, 10 min, in Japanese with English Subtitle & in English

There is wide ranged of issues on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe. One of CFF coverages was “Burning radioactive rubble all over Japan.” This video summarizes the issue and the footage excerpts are from the course of our video archiving effort between 2012 and 2014.


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Japanese and Local Government Refuse to Support Research on Radiation on Fukushima Residents

(English summary of the article of Tokyo Shimbun published on February 10th 2014 in Japan)

Japanese and Local Governments Refuse to Support Research on Radiation Effects on Fukushima Residents

142010 東京新聞(福島健康被害に関する発言1According to the Tokyo Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper, dated February 10, 2014, the medical care and support that residents of Fukushima Prefecture are receiving from the Japanese government and Fukushima local government after the catastrophic nuclear power accident of March 2011 are far from sufficient.

Starting October 2011, Fukushima Prefecture has conducted thyroid examinations of residents who were eighteen or younger as of March 11, 2011, when the nuclear accident happened. There were 33 confirmed and 41 suspected cases of thyroid cancer as of December 21, 2013. However, Fukushima Medical University, which conducted the examinations, has continued to deny any connection between the accident and thyroid cancer.

As a result, care for residents who were diagnosed for thyroid cancer in the examinations is very limited. Fukushima Prefecture pays treatment costs for thyroid cancer patients as long as they have continued to live in the prefecture and until they are eighteen years old. If they move out from the prefecture, they are no longer eligible for such support. Also, individuals who were under eighteen as of March 11, 2011 and subsequently diagnosed with thyroid cancer years later and over eighteen are not eligible for free medical care to treat it.

Data from another survey used by Fukushima Prefecture for analysis of the effect of radiation on thyroid cancer also lacks credibility. For the purpose of surveying radiation, each Fukushima resident was sent four months after the nuclear power accident a questionnaire sheet in which residents were asked to state where they were after the accident. However, only 25% answered. Radiation was measured only in 30% of the respondents.

142010 東京新聞(福島健康被害に関する発言2The Japanese government has not provided proactive support. Although Fukushima Prefecture has repeatedly requested funding for medical care on this issue, the Japanese government has not given any. What it emphasizes is “self-help.” According to basic policies for the return of residents made in public last November, people who have decided to return to Fukushima are asked and advised to carry a radiation dosimeter wherever they go and to live a life avoiding areas with high radiation.

Kazuko Ito, Secretary General of Human Rights Now, criticizes the Japanese government. “When a resident suffers from medical damage (caused by radiation), (the Japanese government) might say, ‘The resident who was not careful enough is to be blamed.’ The Japanese government which promoted nuclear power, and Tokyo Electric Power Company which operated the plant, are responsible for the accident. They have the obligation to create an environment in which residents can live without fear. Switching the focus of the argument and underestimation of the effects [of the accident] only leads to mistrust.”

English Translation Provided by Cinema Forum Fukushima


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