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Gonna have to call on the expertise of this group because my google fu is failing me. I'm writing a chapter for a Japanese book about the appeal of Godzilla in the states. This dude says http://new-savanna.blogspot.com/2010/11/gojira-1954.html that the triangle in G54 is partly about the clash between modern ideas about marriage and the arranged marriages of Japanese tradition. I think it's a very logical point, but is it ever explicitly stated in either version of the movie that Emiko and Serizawa were in fact supposed to have an arranged marriage? Or is that an American assumption? Or is it so obvious in Japan that it doesn't need to be said outright?


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Now I want to watch it again to see if I pick up any hints of that. Because it sure never dawned on me in past viewings.

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As I recall, Dr. Serizawa specifically said that their engagement was arranged by their families. Of course, that was dubbed in in English, so it may have been tacked on by someone somewhere along the line. I don't remember whether the subtitled original made any mention of an arranged marriage.

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I just remember Raymond Burr's voice over in the US version stating that it was "the usual triangle."

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Cliffie wrote:
As I recall, Dr. Serizawa specifically said that their engagement was arranged by their families. Of course, that was dubbed in in English, so it may have been tacked on by someone somewhere along the line. I don't remember whether the subtitled original made any mention of an arranged marriage.

I've not rewatched it in a while, but I recall the same thing, that it had been an arranged marriage. This was in the original version, too, not just the Americanized one.




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