FALL 2023 Cover Story: Takashi Murakami and The Monsters Inside Us All

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When Godzilla first entered the cultural lexicon in 1954, Ishirō Honda wasn’t trying to make a monster film in the traditional sense. Most monster films aren’t about an actual ugly and terrifying un-human creature coming from the depths of the earth to haunt and terrorize us. Godzilla, like all good monsters and monster movies, was a metaphor for something perhaps even more frightening than a gigantic frightening creature emerging from the sea to kill; it was about humanity and our innate quality to self-destruct and commit atrocities that appear to be unfathomable. That Godzilla represented a nuclear holocaust and the Japanese subconscious after the nuclear attacks at the end of World War II reminds us that monsters are about ourselves…

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