While most kaiju eiga fans know Haruo Nakajima as the actor who played Godzilla in the monster suit from 1954 to 1972, he also played such Toho kaiju as Rodan, Mogera, Varan, Gaila, and King Kong (in King Kong Escapes, 1967) in a variety of monster movies from Toho Studios. A longtime favorite among Western Godzilla … Continue reading MR. GODZILLA SPEAKS! Suit Actor Haruo Nakajima on Playing the King of the Monsters!
Yuriko Hishimi would be best known to Japanese monster movie fans as Tomoko Tomoe (the martial arts expert) in Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972) and as Anne Yuri in the original Ultra Seven (1967-68) series. In 2008, Ms. Hishimi, in an interview translated by totorom, answered Brett Homenick's questions. Vantage Point Interviews proudly presents this interview in celebration of Ultra … Continue reading YURIKO HISHIMI REFLECTS ON ULTRA SEVEN AND GODZILLA! The Actress Who Played Anne Yuri Celebrates 50 Years of Ultra Seven!
Ib Melchior is a film director and screenwriter with many impressive science fiction film credits to his name. He was born and raised in Denmark and came to the U.S. in December 1938. He worked with a theatrical company and put on a show on Broadway, then became stage manager at Radio City Music Hall. … Continue reading THE IMAGINATION OF IB MELCHIOR! A Conversation with the Danish Monster Movie Maker!
Ted Thomas is a name many Godzilla fans may not know, but his voice is unmistakable. As the narrator for Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), as well as the voice of Antonio (played by Robert Dunham) in the same film (among countless other credits), Mr. Thomas is perhaps the voice most closely associated with the Godzilla … Continue reading MAN OF A THOUSAND VOICES! Hong Kong Voice Actor Ted Thomas on His Prolific Dubbing Career!
Dick Nieskens holds a distinction that few in the realm of dubbing can claim. As a voice actor during the 1980s, he dubbed movies and TV programs in both Tokyo and Hong Kong. In Tokyo, Mr. Nieskens worked under the tutelage of William Ross, whose Frontier Enterprises is well known to kaiju aficionados as … Continue reading PUTTING WORDS IN THEIR MOUTHS! Dick Nieskens Talks Dubbing!
Kazuki Omori arguably revived the Godzilla franchise in the late 1980s and the early 1990s. As the director and screenwriter of the popular Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) and Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991), Mr. Omori helped revitalize the G-series, which had mostly stayed in hibernation since 1975, with bold new ideas and contemporary story lines. … Continue reading KAZUKI OMORI RECALLS THE HEISEI GODZILLA SERIES! Toho’s Writer-Director Shares His Memories of the King of the Monsters!
Hiroshi Koizumi is one of the Godzilla series' leading men and one of its most popular actors. Mr. Koizumi starred in the second Godzilla film ever made, Godzilla Raids Again (a.k.a. Gigantis the Fire Monster, 1955), and went on to star in countless other kaiju films. Some of these credits include: Mothra (1961), Atragon (1963), … Continue reading REFLECTIONS OF HIROSHI KOIZUMI! The Toho Star Opens Up About His Career!
Goro Mutsumi is an actor who is well-known to G-fans as the alien leader in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) and Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975). Mr. Mutsumi's other genre credits include the Toho sci-fi epics The War in Space (as another alien leader!) and Espy (1974). He also co-starred in the Tsuburaya Productions television series Fireman (1973). … Continue reading GORO MUTSUMI REDUX! A Second Interview with the Godzilla Series Villain!
As Vantage Point Interviews readers know, many gaijin have appeared in a great many of the science fiction films we love. In most cases, little is known about the Westerners who acted in these films. Tom Korzeniowski is one of the Americans who made a splash in the Japanese film industry during the 1960s, but one … Continue reading A GAIJIN’S LIFE IN JAPAN! Tom Korzeniowski Reminisces About 1960s Tokyo!
Writer-director Yoshimitsu Banno helmed the controversial and environmentally aware Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster in 1971 and served as assistant director on the 1974 disaster film The Last Days of Planet Earth (a.k.a. Prophecies of Nostradamus). Oriental Cinema editor Damon Foster and Brett Homenick interviewed Mr. Banno in July 2005 about his work on both … Continue reading MAKING GODZILLA FLY! An Interview with Godzilla Director Yoshimitsu Banno!