My plans for Thursday fell through so I was left looking for something to do…The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum? Tokyo National Museum? Assorted shrines and temples? But then something in this week’s Metropolis Magazine events listing caught my eye: the Museum of Modern Art’s National Film Center is showing showing classic monster films! Sure enough, the theater showing the 1966 blockbuster Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster—also called Ebirah, Horror of the Deep—was filled with about 80 Japanese guys, mostly middle-aged. One guy had a beret, another had a long low ponytail. Classic.
The premise fo the exhibit: “‘Cross-section of Japan’s Cinematic Past’ is the series that aims to present Japanese film heritage from a wide range of perspectives including genres and subject matters. Following the part 1 on Nikkatsu action films and the part 2 on song and dance films, the part 3 will focus on Japanese monster and science fiction films. Masterpieces such as ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Gamera’ that were created with the uniquely Japanese special effects will be screened.”