Dr. Nishiyama wrote:so if I'm being entertained by Megalon or Sea monster (films that have no inner meaning whatsoever) it's the same as watching porn??? I was never informed about this in film school. Also, sorry, but the Godzilla films I'm entertained by don't give me the same feeling as watching two women diddling each other.
BOT, my favorite era is Showa, because it introduced us to all the really interesting kaiju and characters.
The bolded part is bullshit.
I think there is "inner meaning" in Ebirah, Horror Of The Deep
, with the constant theme of rebellion in the film, and its reflective of the times in Japan. How every character is out to rebel against something (Yoshimitsu rebelling against society, Ryota rebelling against everyone saying that his brother is dead, Daiyo rebelling against the Red Bamboo, the Red Bamboo rebelling against the world, etc.).
Believe it or not, there are themes running through films like Ebirah, Horror Of The Deep
, Son Of Godzilla
and Terror Of MechaGodzilla
, which make the movies more then just "pure entertainment". It makes them reflect what the world is like, and makes the audience wonder about their own lives and the world they live in. The film is essentially putting a mirror to the audience and saying, "This is part of your world, and we're going to show you what it could be like."
Also, some people seem to be taking my Porn statement a bit too far. Here's what I meant by it: When I hear "pure entertainment", I think of something that requires no thought whatsoever, no need to apply regular human emotions or feelings to the work, and essentially just sit there and be a vegetable. To me, that's not what movies are for. That's what porn is for. Thus, if a movie is just there simply to be "pure entertainment", it's not better then porn.