PRODUCING GODZILLA: Former Toho Pictures President Shogo Tomiyama Reflects on the Godzilla Series!

Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on February 27, 1952, Shogo Tomiyama rose to prominence in the Japanese movie industry by becoming a producer at Toho Pictures. Internationally, Mr. Tomiyama is well-known for producing the Godzilla series from Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) through Godzilla: Final Wars (2004). Mr. Tomiyama officially joined Toho in 1975. After working … Continue reading PRODUCING GODZILLA: Former Toho Pictures President Shogo Tomiyama Reflects on the Godzilla Series!

MEMOIRS OF AN ICONOCLASTIC SCREENWRITER! Fumio Ishimori on His Scriptwriting Career in Japanese Film and Television!

Fumio Ishimori in November 2020. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on July 31, 1931, screenwriter Fumio Ishimori's work has touched just about every facet of Japanese entertainment. Hailing from from Haboro, Hokkaido, he joined Nikkatsu as a screenwriter in 1963 and later signed with Shochiku in 1969. In total, Mr. Ishimori has written more than … Continue reading MEMOIRS OF AN ICONOCLASTIC SCREENWRITER! Fumio Ishimori on His Scriptwriting Career in Japanese Film and Television!

THE LAST SAMURAI: Hiroshi Fujioka Recalls His Career in Japanese Science Fiction!

Photo © Sanki Worldwide Co., Ltd. Born on February 19, 1946, actor Hiroshi Fujioka made his film debut at Shochiku in 1965, after which he appeared in a small role in the international cult classic The X from Outer Space (1967). Shortly thereafter, Mr. Fujioka rose to fame with the popular TV superhero series Kamen … Continue reading THE LAST SAMURAI: Hiroshi Fujioka Recalls His Career in Japanese Science Fiction!

ULTRAMAN DOWN UNDER! A Candid Conversation with Steve Rosewell about ‘Ultraman: Towards the Future’!

Steve Rosewell operates the Gigasaurus puppet on Ultraman: Towards the Future. Photo © Corrie Ancone. Ultraman: Towards the Future (1992) made history as the first Western production of an Ultra-series. Steve Rosewell was there, and he helped make some of the series’ most memorable kaiju come to life. A few years after completing his work on … Continue reading ULTRAMAN DOWN UNDER! A Candid Conversation with Steve Rosewell about ‘Ultraman: Towards the Future’!

LETTERS FROM BALTONIA! Steven Greene on His Role as Prime Minister in Toho’s ‘Espy’!

Steven Greene in a recent photo with a copy of Stars and Stripes. Photo © Steven Greene. New York-born Steven D. Greene primarily made his living in the U.S. Army as a deep-sea diver (for 15 and a half years) and newspaperman, but in the early 1970s he was cast as the prime minister of … Continue reading LETTERS FROM BALTONIA! Steven Greene on His Role as Prime Minister in Toho’s ‘Espy’!

BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS! Actor Jack Morris on Filming ‘The Green Slime’ in Japan!

Jack Morris circa 1970. Photo © Jack Morris. John Robert Morris was born on April 29, 1940, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  Mr. Morris moved to Japan in 1967, eventually returning to Canada in 1972. In 1968, he appeared as Lt. Morris in the cult classic The Green Slime, alongside Hollywood stars Robert Horton and Richard … Continue reading BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS! Actor Jack Morris on Filming ‘The Green Slime’ in Japan!

ULTRAMAN RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA! Lewis Morley on His SFX Contributions to ‘Ultraman Zearth’!

Lewis Morley poses with his robot collection and a prototype soft vinyl toy he is working on, based on his own comic book character. Photo © Lewis Morley. While most fans of Tsuburaya Productions are well aware of the made-in-Australia Ultra-series Ultraman: Towards the Future (1992), few know that, just a few years after that … Continue reading ULTRAMAN RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA! Lewis Morley on His SFX Contributions to ‘Ultraman Zearth’!

THE WOMAN BEHIND PRINCE PLANET AND JOHNNY SOKKO! Actress Catherine Byers Recalls Her Early Dubbing Career!

Photo © Catherine Byers. Prior to her career as a successful Broadway actress, Catherine Byers worked as a voice actress who performed several starring roles in Japanese television programs at the Miami-based Copri Films International during the 1960s. Under the name Bobbie Byers, she played Prince Planet in the popular anime series Prince Planet (1965-66), Bonnie … Continue reading THE WOMAN BEHIND PRINCE PLANET AND JOHNNY SOKKO! Actress Catherine Byers Recalls Her Early Dubbing Career!

A GREAT TIME WITH ULTRAMAN GREAT! Lloyd Morris on Playing UMA Member Charles Morgan for Tsuburaya Productions!

Lloyd Morris in a recent head shot. Photo © Lloyd Morris. Lloyd Morris (born on November 11, 1958), is an Australian-based actor who began his professional acting career in the mid-1970s with appearances in the drama The Devil's Playground (1976) as well as guest appearances on the long-running Australian TV series Homicide (1964-77). However, it … Continue reading A GREAT TIME WITH ULTRAMAN GREAT! Lloyd Morris on Playing UMA Member Charles Morgan for Tsuburaya Productions!

INVENTING A BRILLIANT ACTING CAREER! Katsuhiko Sasaki on His Toho Roles and Tokusatsu Legacy!

Katsuhiko Sasaki in April 2013. Photo © Brett Homenick. Katsuhiko Sasaki is a third-generation movie actor whose credits in the Godzilla series are among the most popular. Born on December 24, 1944, in Tokyo, Mr. Sasaki’s father (Minoru Chiaki) and grandfather (Takamaru Sasaki) were not only actors themselves, but also appeared in Godzilla movies (Godzilla … Continue reading INVENTING A BRILLIANT ACTING CAREER! Katsuhiko Sasaki on His Toho Roles and Tokusatsu Legacy!