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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Dec 2019 12:38 p.m. PST


"Reality is often far more terrifying than fiction. As such, horror and science fiction have often looked to real-world anxieties for inspiration.

The U.S. occupation of Japan ended in 1952, but that same year, the first test of a full-scale thermonuclear bomb took place on an island in the Pacific Ocean at a distance that was probably still too close for Japanese citizens. Still bearing the physical and mental scars of two atomic bombs dropped on their cities in 1945, this 10-megaton H-bomb was 1000 times more powerful than Hiroshima. Two years later, a 15-megaton H-bomb was dropped on Bikini Atoll (a total of 23 explosions were carried out in this area), inadvertently exposing military personnel and Marshall Islanders to high radiation levels.

A Japanese fishing trawler by the name of Daigo Fukuryū Maru (Lucky Dragon No. 5) was hit by the nuclear fallout, causing acute radiation syndrome and killing the boat's chief radioman, Aikichi Kuboyama, who succumbed to his injuries six months after the blast. Japanese film producer Tomoyuki Tanaka said this event inspired the monster called Gojira, spawning 35 movies across 65 years, making Godzilla the longest continuously running franchise (as per Guinness World Records)…"
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Wolfhag Supporting Member of TMP11 Dec 2019 5:39 p.m. PST

I think WWII movies are a longer running series than godzill.


Legion 412 Dec 2019 6:48 a.m. PST

Yeah Godzilla didn't come out until after WWII. Probably something in the Japanese mind after being hit by 2 nukes. Ending WWII in the PTO.

zardoz1957 Supporting Member of TMP12 Dec 2019 8:32 a.m. PST

Do people even read a post before responding?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Dec 2019 1:08 p.m. PST

Seems not… (smile)


Legion 412 Dec 2019 3:24 p.m. PST

My comment was hyperbole … So I'll keep my day job … if I had one ?

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Dec 2019 2:30 p.m. PST

I'm betting Godzilla will be for it, since lizards don't like, or do well in the cold.

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