As part of my on-again, off-again Godzilla series – https://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/tag/kaiju/, I found this YouTube video – Godzilla: King of the Monsters – Final Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFxN2oDKk0E (about 2:14 minutes long). This is the movie trailer for the latest Godzilla movie that comes out soon.
What is Kaiju? See Trivia Question: Kaiju
I wasn’t aware of the term “kaiju” for a long time. For a simple explanation that is open to some debate among kaiju fans, we can go with Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaiju.
Kaiju is a Japanese word meaning “strange creature”. In English, it has come to mean “monster” or “giant monster”, referring to creatures of a large size seen in movies from Asia. Many kaiju movies are made in Japan. It is a type of tokusatsu entertainment. … The most well-known kaiju is Godzilla.
In some cases, I see it translated as “strange beast” and in other places as “monster.” Some purists would argue it only applies to Japanese movies of a certain genre; I tend to take the broader view that it includes a lot of other beasts/animals/monsters, like King Kong and other giant beasts. Had I titled this blog post “Godzilla,” then thrown in kaiju, some would have gotten the reference.