Globetrotting by the Seats of Hollywood Cinemas
Watching the kitschy Oriental Pearl Tower from across the Huangpu (read my previous entry "Shanghai - Day 13") led me to think about Hollywood.
Nothing can alter, popularize and capture the imagination of a city than having it appeared in a pop movie. In the 50's, King Kong is clinging to the side of the Empire State Building in NY. This is one Hollywood icon embracing a city icon in the financial centre of the world in that era. Fast forward to the 2010's, we have Godzila fighting scene at the site of the Oriental Tower in Shanghai. This is one Japanese film icon embracing a city icon of the financial centre of China. Coincidentally - maybe not - these 2 movie icons also share many things: 'monster', gargantuan size, etc.
Godzilla is, I suspect, Japanese way of dealing with the tragedy of Hiroshima & Nagasaki. In a sense, US created Godzilla.
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