gojira: the contemporary dinosaur judas arrieta   I  judas arrieta Dragons are associated with ancient times. Dragons and there astonishing powers and abilities were worshipped in Egypt, Babylonia, the Far East, the Pacific Isles and the American continent. The Greeks and the Romans believed that dragons were sacred fonts of knowledge. In Scandinavia, dragons were gigantic creatures that lived on the coast and near river mouths. They were called water dragons or Krakens. Medieval and renaissance paintings picture these immense beasts being slain by valiant warriors. Sigurd, Saint George and San Miguel are the most famous of the dragon slayers, the first superheroes back in the Middle Ages. The first dinosaurs first appeared on the big screen around 1905 in a film titled “Prehistoric Man”. In 1913, the mythical D.W. Griffith made the film “Brute Force” which was followed by many more. All of these were films made by american film industry and, as happens with many more modern films up to the present day, were conceived as entertainment for the masses. An evening of popcorn and heart-stopping emotions.
Ishiro Honda wrote and directed the film Gojira in 1954. It was the first in a long series of films whose main action star was a dinosaur. This time around however, the beast that appears is hell-bent on the total and utter destruction of everything in its path. The natives of the Isle of Odo in Japan believe that gojira (gorira "gorilla" and kujira "whale") in a god that must be appeased by human sacrifice. Scientific researchers soon discover that it is a prehistoric dinosaur frozen in an underwater glacier. The beast is awoken by the explosion of an atomic bomb (a metaphor of the nuclear holocaust in 1945). The bomb gives the dinosaur supernatural powers. Japan is going through a post-atomic phase and this and following films provoke debate on the use of these weapons. Gojira became so famous that even though it ran amok and destroyed Japan and half the world many viewers regarded it as a hero and that whatever punishment it dished out to mankind was precisely because humans were being given their just desserts.