Yoshikazu Ishii grew up a kaiju fan in Japan and eventually got to live the dream of working on Godzilla films and directing special effects on a variety of tokusatsu projects. But how did the dream become reality? In July 2005, Brett Homenick and J. D. Lees interviewed Mr. Ishii about his fascinating journey. Translation … Continue reading A VETERAN OF GODZILLA’S FINAL WAR! Yoshikazu Ishii Goes Behind the Scenes at Toho!
American actor Rhodes Reason (1930-2014) made his mark in the world of Japanese monster movies when he starred as Commander Carl Nelson in King Kong Escapes (1967), a lavish Toho production that still entertains audiences to this day. Mr. Reason had a wonderful sense of humor about his monster movie legacy, which is on full display … Continue reading MONDO ISLAND MEMOIRS! Actor Rhodes Reason on His Starring Role in King Kong Escapes!
Loren Coleman, a recognized authority on paranormal phenomena worldwide, is the author of such investigative volumes as Curious Encounters (Faber and Faber, 1985), Mysterious America: The Revised Edition (Paraview Press, 2001 ), and Mothman and Other Curious Encounters (Paraview Press, 2002). Throughout the years, he has been a frequent guest on the top-rated late-night radio program Coast to Coast AM. It may … Continue reading PHENOMENAL SNOWMAN! A Conversation with Loren Coleman!
Born on June 16, 1953, James Brewster Thompson is a former judo practitioner who achieved his best-known film credit worldwide by playing Barabbas in Toho’s futuristic actioner Gunhed (1989), starring Masahiro Takashima and Brenda Bakke. In May 2019, Mr. Thompson answered Brett Homenick’s questions about his life, career, and memories of Gunhed. Brett Homenick: What can you … Continue reading GUNNIN’ FOR GUNHED! James Brewster Thompson on Making Toho’s Ambitious Futuristic Thriller!
Hiroshi Kashiwabara is a prolific film and television scriptwriter who penned three screenplays for the Godzilla series in the 1990s and early 2000s. Mr. Kashiwabara wrote the script for Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (1994), and (with fellow screenwriter Wataru Mimura) crafted the scripts for Godzilla 2000 (1999) and Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000). Prior to his involvement in the … Continue reading GODZILLA ON PAPER! Screenwriter Hiroshi Kashiwabara on Writing the Godzilla Series!
One of the most memorable characters from the popular Heisei Godzilla series entry Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993) is Dr. Asimov, who in many ways steals the show from his Japanese counterparts. But the man behind the character has remained quite elusive -- until now. Joseph Leo Meneghetti was born in Texas on September 28, 1943. Standing 6’5” … Continue reading LEO MENEGHETTI REMEMBERED: A Personal Reminiscence of One of the Godzilla Series’ Most Memorable Americans
Yumi Mizusawa is an actress-singer who became involved in the entertainment world from a very young age. She entered Toho New Talent's 5th class (with Bibari Maeda) and went on to become a prolific television actress and singer. She starred in the TV series What Is Youth? (1965-66) alongside Toho star Yosuke Natsuki. While her credits … Continue reading SHOWA REFLECTIONS! Singer Yumi Mizusawa on Her Days as a Blossoming Actress!
David Grybowski is a Canadian-born actor in Australia who was cast to play the recurring comic-relief character Ike on Ultraman: Towards the Future (1992), one of the two ‘90s-era Ultra-series filmed in the West. In March 2019, Mr. Grybowski reflected on his contributions to the Ultraman franchise in an interview with Brett Homenick. Brett Homenick: What can you tell … Continue reading AN ULTRA-ADVENTURE IN AUSTRALIA! Actor David Grybowski Reflects on Ultraman: Towards the Future!
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!