Sayonara Jupiter was an ambitious, bid-budget special effects extravaganza that Toho released in 1984 in the months leading up to the studio’s 30th anniversary relaunch of its Godzilla series. With amazing SFX directed by Koichi Kawakita, and a production overseen by legendary science fiction novelist Sakyo Komatsu (of Submersion of Japan fame), the film seemed … Continue reading SAYONARA JUPITER, HELLO JAPAN! Actor Ron Irwin on His Standout Role in Toho’s Sprawling Sci-Fi Epic!
Chumei Watanabe is one of Japan's best known and most important film and television composers. His credits include such animated and live-action titles as Mazinger Z (1972-74), Kikaider (1972-73), Himitsu Sentai Goranger (1975-77), Toei's Spider-Man (1978), Space Sheriff Gavan (1982-83), and Kamen Rider Black (1987-88). Not only does Mr. Watanabe still compose music in 2019, … Continue reading HITTING THE RIGHT NOTES! Composer Chumei Watanabe on Scoring Japanese Films!
Most people know Alex Cox as the director of such films as Repo Man (1984) and Sid and Nancy (1986), as well as as the co-screenwriter of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998). Most Godzilla fans, however, know Alex Cox as a fellow Godzilla fan who has written Godzilla comic books, participated in a … Continue reading SID, NANCY, AND GODZILLA! Writer-Director Alex Cox on His Involvement with the Godzilla Franchise!
The Manster (1959) remains a beloved cult classic and has been a staple of late-night television for decades. Very little information has since come out about its production, and interviews with the cast and crew have proven to be scarce. One of the film's most memorable characters is the sympathetic lab assistant, Tara, who works … Continue reading MEMORIES OF THE MANSTER! Actress Terri Zimmern Shares Her Recollections of the Enduring, Made-in-Japan Cult Classic!
Roland Emmerich is one of the most successful directors in film history. Having directed such blockbusters as Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996), The Patriot (2000), The Day after Tomorrow (2004), and White House Down (2013), few filmmakers have entertained as many audiences around the world as Roland Emmerich. In 1996, Mr. Emmerich signed on as … Continue reading GODZILLA’S FIRST HOLLYWOOD MAKEOVER! Writer-Director Roland Emmerich on Reimagining Japan’s Greatest Monster!
Ryuhei Kitamura was one of Japan’s most innovative directors when he was asked by Toho to helm the studio’s 50th anniversary Godzilla film in 2004, Godzilla: Final Wars. Mr. Kitamura accepted the offer and directed what remains one of the most seen Godzilla movies of the entire franchise. While it divides some fans, there is … Continue reading GODZILLA’S FINAL CUT! Director Ryuhei Kitamura on Crafting Godzilla’s 50th Anniversary Film, Godzilla: Final Wars!
Tokusatsu is a genre that has seen its share of child actors over the years, but there is no doubt that Akihide Tsuzawa is one of its most famous. Mr. Tsuzawa was born on September 24, 1954, to Masako Tsuzawa, a famous haiku poet. Mr. Tsuzawa began working as a child actor and soon found … Continue reading HOSHINO ON ULTRAMAN! Akihide Tsuzawa Opens Up About His Career in Tokusatsu and More!
Born on January 7, 1955, in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Masanori Machida was a child actor who began his career in the early 1960s. During his career as a child actor, Mr. Machida appeared in numerous movies during the 1960s, including (in order of production): Toho’s Aogeba Totoshi (1966), Daiei’s Zatoichi’s Vengeance (1966), Toei’s Abashiri Prison: Duel … Continue reading GAPPA ANGRY! Actor Masanori Machida Remembers Playing Saki in Nikkatsu’s Kaiju Classic!
Mark Cerulli has enjoyed a varied and successful career in the entertainment industry. As a television writer, he wrote for some of Nickelodeon’s earliest original programming: Hey Dude (1989-91) and Clarissa Explains It All (1991-94). Mr. Cerulli has also produced documentaries about the James Bond franchise and the Halloween series. But this just scratches the … Continue reading MARK CERULLI EXPLAINS IT ALL! The Veteran Television Writer and Documentary Producer on His Tinseltown Journey!
Body of the Prey is a low-budget science fiction thriller that was produced in Japan in the late 1960s, but only recently has it received much attention in the West. Having been released on home video and/or written about under several different titles (such as The Revenge of Dr. X, Venus Flytrap, and The Devil Garden), research … Continue reading RECOLLECTIONS OF BODY OF THE PREY! Atsuko Rome Looks Back on Her Starring Role in Ed Wood’s Japanese Monster Movie!