This picture taken on May 4, 2014 shows a one-metre (39 inch) tall statue of Godzilla at a Godzilla art exhibition in Tokyo. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO
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While a digitalised Hollywood reboot stomps its way to box office success around the world, the original Godzilla -- a man in a rubber suit -- has hit screens in Japan again, as relevant as ever.The 1954 classic, which spawned more than two dozen follow-ups, has been cleaned up for a two-week run in Tokyo to mark the 60th anniversary of the monster from the deep.Despite the shaky sets and the all-too-obvious latex costumes, a new generation of movie-goers declared themselves impressed.The movie's enduring popularity six decades on is testament to the continuing resonance of its themes of human helplessness in the face of forces that cannot be controlled.The monster movie was a mega-hit, drawing 9.6 million viewers in the days before television sets were commonplace in Japanese households.Like other destructive forces of nature, people just have to watch it come and go, hoping to survive.
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