“Monsters are tragic beings; they are born too tall, too strong, too heavy, they are not evil by choice. That is their tragedy.”—
GODZILLA director Ishiro Honda.
this quote is synonymous with Honda’s legacy… so far as his wikipedia page is concerned, these were the most important words he ever spoke. they’re lovely and sure, they concisely capture the spirit of the films for which he is best remembered, but one of the reasons i’m most pleased with Criterion’s new GODZILLA blu-ray is that the bonus material finally offers a proper glimpse at a man who used world-destroying monsters to become one of Japanese cinema’s great humanists.