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!
American Peter Boczar moved to Hong Kong in the 1970s with little more than dreams of kung fu stardom in his pocket. His journey through the entertainment industry in Hong Kong is a fascinating tale, featuring many household names that have dazzled movie audiences around the world for decades. In this July 2020 interview with … Continue reading CHASING KUNG FU DREAMS! Peter Boczar on Acting and Dubbing in Hong Kong!
With more than 100 feature-film credits to his name, Todd Gilbert has worked on some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters of recent years.Mr. Gilbert has served as post-production supervisor on such films as: Righteous Kill (2008), The Expendables (2010), Olympus Has Fallen (2013), and Criminal (2016). He also served as associate producer on the Bruce Willis actioner 16 Blocks (2006) and … Continue reading BRINGING THE EAST’S GREATEST HERO TO THE WEST! Todd Gilbert on Scripting Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero!
In the decades-long history of the Ultra-series from Tsuburaya Productions, only one was ever made in America. Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero (a.k.a. Ultraman Powered) was filmed in Los Angeles during the summer of 1993, but it would not air on Japanese television until 1995. Actress Sandra Guibord was there and had a large part to play, … Continue reading ONE ULTRA-SUMMER! Sandra Guibord Chronicles Her Journey from WINR to Wine!
Yosuke Nakano (whose professional name is Yo★Nakano) is a veteran of Japanese special effects who has worked on various SFX franchises for a variety of studios. Born on August 8, 1971, Mr. Nakano graduated from high school in Fukuoka in 1989 and enrolled at the special effects department of Tokyo Eizo Geijutsu Gakuin (Tokyo Institute of … Continue reading GODZILLA AND MOTHRA IN THE ’90S! Assistant SFX Director Yosuke Nakano Reminisces About Heisei-Era Kaiju!