King Caesar

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Godzilla film series character
King Caesar
First appearance Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
Latest appearance Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
Created by Jun Fukuda
Portrayed by: Shōwa series
Kin'ichi Kusumi
Millennium series
Motokuni Nakagawa

King Caesar (キングシーサー Kingu Shīsā?) is a kaiju, a type of fictional monster, who first appeared in the 1974 Toho film Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.

Character biography[edit]

Name[edit]

Shisa statue

King Caesar's name and appearance are based on Shisa, which are artistically embellished stone lion statues common in Okinawa, where the film Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla took place. They are an Okinawan variation on the Chinese guardian lion (石獅; Shishi, meaning "Stone Lion"), which in turn originates from Buddhist tradition in India, where lions are native. Shisa only loosely resemble actual lions on account of being based on second-hand descriptions by people who'd never seen one in person.[1] In the 1970s, Okinawan religion and culture were relatively unknown to American translators, who took the name "Shisa" to be a Japanization of the name "Caesar".[citation needed] Toho has since trademarked it, making "King Caesar" the character's official English name.[citation needed]

Overview and development[edit]

King Caesar's character concept was inspired by a traditional Okinawan folk tale in which a Shisa protects a village from a rampaging dragon.[citation needed] This myth is referenced in the character's introductory film, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla, in which the titular Mechagodzilla plays the role of the evil "dragon".[citation needed] It is portrayed as a loyal and powerful protector of mankind, in reference to the role Shisa play in Okinawan tradition.[citation needed] King Caesar is shown to be swift and athletic. It can also draw an enemy's energy weapons into its eyes and reflect them back with ten times the force [2] and empower itself with solar energy.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Along with fellow 1970s Showa era monster Gigan, King Caesar is the favourite monster of director Ryuhei Kitamura, which led to the character's inclusion in the film Godzilla: Final Wars.[citation needed]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.tofugu.com/2014/09/11/tracing-the-history-of-japans-mythical-lion-dogs/
  2. ^ Godzilla Movie Studio Tour PC Game - King Caesar character profile