Machiko Naka, born on October 12, 1936, is an accomplished actress who has appeared in many Toho films throughout the years. She was a regular actress in the popular "Young Guy" series and appeared in such movies as the Crazy Cats film Las Vegas Free-for-All and The Battle of Okinawa (directed by Kihachi Okamoto). Godzilla … Continue reading THE YOUNG GAL! Actress Machiko Naka Answers Questions About Her Toho Days!
Allyson Adams, the daughter of Oscar-nominated actor Nick Adams, is a writer, educator, and activist, who fondly remembers her father. Best known for writing, directing, and starring in the docu-drama Peace Is a Woman's Job (based on the life of Montana Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin), Ms. Adams released a book about her father's friendship with Elvis … Continue reading SHOOTING STAR! Allyson Adams Recalls Her Famous Father, Nick Adams!
John Fasano, the writer of such hit films as Another 48 Hrs., Alien 3, Darkness Falls, Tombstone, and AVP: Alien vs. Predator, was one of Hollywood's busiest writer-directors, but it may surprise you to learn that he had also been a Godzilla fan since childhood. It was this love of the genre that ultimately led … Continue reading JOHN FASANO ON GODZILLA! The Big G’s Best Friend in Tinseltown Reminisces About His Favorite Kaiju and More!
For more than 50 years, Mickey Curtis has been one of Japan’s most influential celebrities, whose film and music careers have been equally revolutionary. Although he is best known to American fans for his work in later SFX films such as Gunhed (1989) and Reigo the Deep-Sea Monster vs. the Battleship Yamato (2008), Mr. Curtis … Continue reading ROCK ‘N’ ROLL SAMURAI! Actor-Singer Mickey Curtis on His 60 Years in Japanese Entertainment!
Kazuki Kato is a successful actor and singer whose rising career in Japan intersects with the science fiction genre in several ways. One of Mr. Kato’s most popular television roles was that of Kamen Rider Drake in the series Kamen Rider Kabuto (2006-07), which was recognized by Toei Studios as the series’ 35th anniversary production. … Continue reading KAZUKI KATO ON KAMEN RIDER! The Superhero Actor Shares His Memories from V3 to Guilala!
Actor Keisuke Kato took the SFX world of Japan by storm when he was cast as Kamen Rider Ixa in Toei Studios’ Kamen Rider Kiva (2008-09). Mr. Kato fondly remembers his role as Keisuke Nago (Ixa’s alter ego) and openly expresses his desire to return to the long-running series. Mr. Kato continues to perform in … Continue reading KAMEN RIDER RIDES AGAIN! Actor Keisuke Kato Discusses Kamen Rider Kiva!
Kengo Kaji is one of Japan’s most prolific and celebrated writers of manga. However, it’s his involvement with Ultraman and other tokusatsu projects that fascinate kaiju fans on both sides of the Pacific. Mr. Kaji directed episodes of Ultraman Max (2005-06), Ultraman Mebius (2006-07), and Ultraseven X (2007), as well as Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster … Continue reading ULTRA-DIRECTOR! Kengo Kaji on His Career at Tsuburaya Pro and Beyond!
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!