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For me, Godzilla is a symbol of war and nuclear destruction, so I thought I must incorporate the suicide missions into the story because they were a large aspect of the war.

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Takashi Yamazaki, director of the latest Godzilla film, "Godzilla Minus One," which is set in the aftermath of World War II. A former kamikaze pilot joins other ex-military personnel to confront Godzilla stomping through Japan.

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Yamazaki is now at a stature as a director that allows him to do these kinds of things in his movies without people automatically assuming it was done for cheap shock value or simply as a "Japanese" thing to include.

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