Wednesday, October 5, 2016

New Godzilla movie, Shin Godzilla (シン・ゴジラ), in Pittsburgh October 11 - 18.

The 2016 Japanese blockbuster Shin Godzilla (シン・ゴジラ) will have a limited theatrical release in the US from October 11 to October 18 with Cinemark Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills and Southside Works Cinema being two of the 440 theaters showing it. An August 24 South China Morning Post review provides a brief summary:
Within its opening moments, Shin Godzilla uses a sudden attack on Tokyo by a marauding sea monster to evoke the devastating impact of 2011’s Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The film then takes aim at the bureaucratic junkyard of ageing, out-of-touch politicians desperate to pass the buck and avoid controversy. While government departments scramble to shirk responsibility for the disaster, only deputy secretary Yaguchi (Hiroki Hasegawa) seems able to organise an effective response.
And a September 9 Bangkok Post review amplifies:
What sets Shin Gojira apart as its own beast (heh), however, is its heavy focus on the real-world politics involved in such situations of large-scale disaster. Unlike its more modern incarnations, where every action by the government or military seems to just happen the second someone utters it on-screen, Shin Gojira shows us all the bureaucratic red tape one must navigate before any such actions can be carried out in real life. Government ministers agonise over the right protocol and law amendments needed to mobilise the Japanese Self-Defense Force (their military force), dogged by indecision stemming from the unprecedented nature of their predicament and the implications for their career's future. Foreign governments pursue their own agendas in the guise of offers of aid. Nothing is ever magically procured or offered for free, even when they are crucial for stopping the rampaging, near-200m-tall nuclear monstrosity. Everyone has something to gain, and they're not going to stop pursuing it just because a kaiju stomped its way through half of Tokyo.
Ticket information is available at the websites of Cinemark Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills and Southside Works Cinema.