The atomic bomb in Japan during the Second World War and theconsequent Cold War between the USA and the Soviets influenced theplot of numerous films. Among the films that depicted the happeningsaround that time were . Both films wereclassics because they addressed the fear of the Cold War that lay inthe hearts of many. This essay compares and contrasts Gojira and TheRoad Warrior through the lens of the threat ofnuclear war andcold war fear and paranoia.
Gojira depicts the nuclear war as something that could elicitunprecedented consequences because no one really knew the extent ofthe damage that such a weapon could create (Chapter 13 995). Themonster, Godzilla, symbolizes the unprecedented effects that couldarise if countries decided to use nuclear weapons on each other. Thefilm depicts nuclear weapons as something negative and nothing aboutit is worth the risk.
The Road Warrior depicts a nuclear war as something that could havecatastrophic effects on the economy of the world. According to themovie, a nuclear war had led to a shortage of the supply of oil inmost parts of Australia (Chapter 15 404). People were sufferingbecause oil runs every economy in the world. The film depicts anuclear war as something that is negative and is capable of bringingimmeasurable suffering to the human race.
Gojira (1) depicts destruction through the monster that leaves thesea to roam the city leaving a wave of destructions in the process.The monster kills, destroys buildings, and overturns buses. When theJapanese defense forces build an electric fence across the ocean, themonster destroys and roams into the streets once again.
In the Road Warrior (1), destruction is depicted when Max arrives atthe only functioning oil refinery only to find that a gang ofcriminals is killing all the inhabitants. Max manages to save oneinhabitant of the refinery but then tells him that if he wishes him(Max) to help him escape, then he will have to give Max a tank ofoil.
The theme in Gojira is nuclear weapons. The testing of Hydrogenbombs in the sea symbolizes the arms race that was going between ColdWar rivals. However, as it turns out, human beings were busy tryingto outdo each other in devising means to wipe out the human race tothe extent that they forgot such activities could be dangerous totheir own people.
The theme in The Road Warrior is nuclear war. The human sufferingand collapse of civilizations symbolizes the extent to which anuclear war would turn humanity upside down. A nuclear war would alsochange the system of governance in the world over. Gangs would riseup to control the limited resources in the world.
In conclusion, are both films of themid-20th Century that reflect the paranoia created by thecold war between the USA and the USSR. The films show how people wereafraid of both countries using nuclear weapons after seeing thedevastating effects of such a weapon in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Thefilms seem to pass the same message to their governments regardingtheir involvement in the arms race- stay away from nuclear weaponsbecause their effects are far from positive.
Chapter 13. Asiatic Cinemas. Class notes
Chapter 15. Anglophone Cinema. Class notes
Gojira. 1954. Web, August 18, 2016,Accessed<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNmk4uTZ6vI>
The Road Warrior. 1981. Web, August 18, 2016, accessed<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdv5EtZQ6jg>