Updated: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 19:45:00 GMT
West meets East: Movies about foreigners in Japan

Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956)

Godzilla (© Everett Collection/Rex Features)
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  • Hiroshima mon amour 1959 (© Rex)
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  • Godzilla (© Everett Collection/Rex Features)
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  • The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 2006 (© Rex Features)
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Purists prefer 1954’s Gojira, the original Japanese-language version of what would be released in the Western world two years later as Godzilla, King of the Monsters. The American version inserted actor Raymond Burr into a re-edited, redubbed version that sees his reporter character Steve Martin essentially narrating the film for the American audience. Forty minutes of the original film was cut out and 20 minutes of Burr-related footage added, helping to secure the film’s iconic cultural status in the Western world. A 1998 American remake was poorly received, but a second Hollywood remake, directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters) and due next year, looks promising.