Photo © Norman Yeend. In 1992, Ultraman flew back into American homes when the series Ultraman: Towards the Future debuted on syndicated television in January of that year. For many years, Ultraman: Towards the Future would become the Ultra-series that a generation of American tokusatsu fans would know best. Model maker Norman Yeend was there, breathing life … Continue reading FROM MONSTER KID TO MONSTER MAKER! Model Maker Norman Yeend on Living the Dream on the Set of ‘Ultraman’!
Beth Blatt in a Japanese print ad. Photo © Beth Blatt. In Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989), American actress Beth Blatt delivers the first words the audience hears in the movie. Ms. Blatt plays television reporter Susan Horn, who describes the devastation Tokyo faces in the wake of Godzilla's rampage. In this November 2020 interview with … Continue reading THE GODZILLA SERIES’ ROVING REPORTER! Actress Beth Blatt Shares Her Memories from the Set of ‘Godzilla vs. Biollante’!
Yoshinobu Kaneko in May 2013. Photo © Brett Homenick. Former child actor Yoshinobu Kaneko is best known to Western monster movie fans as the young boy in King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) who begs his mother to go see Godzilla, only to be told that they're not going to the zoo. In Japan, however, Mr. … Continue reading GOING TO SEE GODZILLA! Yoshinobu Kaneko Recounts His Experiences as a Young Actor in the Showa Era!
Nobuyuki Yasumaru in December 2018. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on January 24, 1935, in Toyama Prefecture, Nobuyuki Yasumaru is a creator of miniatures and monster suits who has worked on some of Toho's most popular kaiju films. Beginning his career with Toho in the early 1960s, Mr. Yasumaru's credits include Mothra (1961), King Kong … Continue reading INSIDE TOHO’S MIGHTIEST MONSTERS! A Candid Conversation with Nobuyuki Yasumaru About His Kaiju Creations!
Keizo Murase (with King Ghidorah) in April 2019. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on October 5, 1935, in Ikeda, Tokachi, Hokkaido (where his family home still is), Keizo Murase is a veteran kaiju suitmaker who began his career at Toho in 1958, leaving an indelible mark on the genre with his work on Varan the … Continue reading REVISITING JAPAN’S MASTER MONSTER MAKER! Keizo Murase Answers More Questions About Creating Kaiju!
Reuben Leder in 2020 poses with a photo of himself in Taiwan in 1974 on the set of The Chinese Caper (1975). Photo © Reuben Leder. Reuben Leder has enjoyed mainstream success in Hollywood for decades. He has written for, produced, and directed a variety of television series, including The Incredible Hulk, Magnum P.I., and Star Trek: … Continue reading GOIN’ TO KOREA! Reuben Leder Remembers the Cult Classic ‘A*P*E’!
Faith Clift (second from right) speaks with Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in a scene from Horror Express (1972). Faith Clift was married to Academy Award-winning screenwriter Philip Yordan for nearly 40 years until his passing in 2003. The Southern California native appeared as an actress in several of her husband's film projects, including the … Continue reading KEEPER OF THE FAITH! Actress Faith Clift Remembers Philip Yordan and His Films!
Niisan Takahashi (February 3, 1926 - May 5, 2015) , whose real name was Yukito Takahashi, was born in Tamamuracho, Sawa District, Gunma Prefecture. As a screenwriter who joined Daiei in the 1950s, Mr. Takahashi would essentially create the character of Gamera through his screenplays for the Showa-era Gamera series, running from 1965 through 1980. … Continue reading THE MAN WHO MADE GAMERA ROAR! Screenwriter Niisan Takahashi on Creating Japan’s Remarkable Flying Turtle!
It's sometimes said that getting a movie made is a miracle. Nobody knows that better than Roger Holden. For 15 years, Mr. Holden worked with Toho director Yoshimitsu Banno (Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster, 1971) to get a variety of Godzilla projects launched in both Japan and the United States. One of the projects, "Godzilla … Continue reading UNTOLD TALES OF GODZILLA! Roger Holden on His Unmade Godzilla Projects and Working with Director Yoshimitsu Banno!
Alex Cox, the iconoclastic director of the cult classic Repo Man (1984) and the critically acclaimed biopic Sid and Nancy (1986) is back with a new film, Tombstone Rashomon (2017). Tombstone Rashomon draws inspiration from Akira Kurosawa’s cinematic classic Rashomon (1950) and interprets the infamous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in ways that only Alex Cox can. In this … Continue reading HOLLYWOOD’S SIX-SHOOTER SAMURAI! Alex Cox on His New Film ‘Tombstone Rashomon’ and Akira Kurosawa!