Sunday, August 11, 2019

William Tsutsui and "Godzilla on my Mind," 1954's Gojira (ゴジラ ) October 16 at Pitt.

Dr. William Tsutsui will speak on "Godzilla on my Mind" and introduce a screening of the original Japanese Godzilla film on October 16 as part of the University of Pittsburgh's International Week. A synospis of Tsutsui's book of the same name:
Ever since Godzilla (or, Gojira, as he is known in Japan) crawled out of his radioactive birthplace to cut a swath of destruction through Tokyo, he has claimed a place alongside King Kong and others in the movie monster pantheon. He is the third most recognizable Japanese celebrity in the United States, and his fan base continues to grow as children today prove his enduring appeal. Now, Bill Tsutsui, a life-long fan and historian, takes a light-hearted look at the big, green, radioactive lizard, revealing how he was born and how he became a megastar. With humorous anecdotes, Godzilla on My Mind explores his lasting cultural impact on the world. This book is sure to be welcomed by pop culture enthusiasts, fans, and historians alike.
The event runs from 6:30 to 9:00 pm in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room (map).