MEMORIES OF THE MANSTER! Actress Terri Zimmern Shares Her Recollections of the Enduring, Made-in-Japan Cult Classic!

The Manster (1959) remains a beloved cult classic and has been a staple of late-night television for decades. Very little information has since come out about its production, and interviews with the cast and crew have proven to be scarce. One of the film's most memorable characters is the sympathetic lab assistant, Tara, who works … Continue reading MEMORIES OF THE MANSTER! Actress Terri Zimmern Shares Her Recollections of the Enduring, Made-in-Japan Cult Classic!

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GODZILLA’S FIRST HOLLYWOOD MAKEOVER! Writer-Director Roland Emmerich on Reimagining Japan’s Greatest Monster!

Roland Emmerich is one of the most successful directors in film history. Having directed such blockbusters as Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996), The Patriot (2000), The Day after Tomorrow (2004), and White House Down (2013), few filmmakers have entertained as many audiences around the world as Roland Emmerich. In 1996, Mr. Emmerich signed on as … Continue reading GODZILLA’S FIRST HOLLYWOOD MAKEOVER! Writer-Director Roland Emmerich on Reimagining Japan’s Greatest Monster!

GODZILLA’S FINAL CUT! Director Ryuhei Kitamura on Crafting Godzilla’s 50th Anniversary Film, Godzilla: Final Wars!

Ryuhei Kitamura was one of Japan’s most innovative directors when he was asked by Toho to helm the studio’s 50th anniversary Godzilla film in 2004, Godzilla: Final Wars. Mr. Kitamura accepted the offer and directed what remains one of the most seen Godzilla movies of the entire franchise. While it divides some fans, there is … Continue reading GODZILLA’S FINAL CUT! Director Ryuhei Kitamura on Crafting Godzilla’s 50th Anniversary Film, Godzilla: Final Wars!

HOSHINO ON ULTRAMAN! Akihide Tsuzawa Opens Up About His Career in Tokusatsu and More!

Tokusatsu is a genre that has seen its share of child actors over the years, but there is no doubt that Akihide Tsuzawa is one of its most famous. Mr. Tsuzawa was born on September 24, 1954, to Masako Tsuzawa, a famous haiku poet. Mr. Tsuzawa began working as a child actor and soon found … Continue reading HOSHINO ON ULTRAMAN! Akihide Tsuzawa Opens Up About His Career in Tokusatsu and More!

GAPPA ANGRY! Actor Masanori Machida Remembers Playing Saki in Nikkatsu’s Kaiju Classic!

Born on January 7, 1955, in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Masanori Machida was a child actor who began his career in the early 1960s. During his career as a child actor, Mr. Machida appeared in numerous movies during the 1960s, including (in order of production): Toho’s Aogeba Totoshi (1966), Daiei’s Zatoichi’s Vengeance (1966), Toei’s Abashiri Prison: Duel … Continue reading GAPPA ANGRY! Actor Masanori Machida Remembers Playing Saki in Nikkatsu’s Kaiju Classic!

MARK CERULLI EXPLAINS IT ALL! The Veteran Television Writer and Documentary Producer on His Tinseltown Journey!

Mark Cerulli has enjoyed a varied and successful career in the entertainment industry. As a television writer, he wrote for some of Nickelodeon’s earliest original programming: Hey Dude (1989-91) and Clarissa Explains It All (1991-94). Mr. Cerulli has also produced documentaries about the James Bond franchise and the Halloween series. But this just scratches the … Continue reading MARK CERULLI EXPLAINS IT ALL! The Veteran Television Writer and Documentary Producer on His Tinseltown Journey!

RECOLLECTIONS OF BODY OF THE PREY! Atsuko Rome Looks Back on Her Starring Role in Ed Wood’s Japanese Monster Movie!

Body of the Prey is a low-budget science fiction thriller that was produced in Japan in the late 1960s, but only recently has it received much attention in the West. Having been released on home video and/or written about under several different titles (such as The Revenge of Dr. X, Venus Flytrap, and The Devil Garden), research … Continue reading RECOLLECTIONS OF BODY OF THE PREY! Atsuko Rome Looks Back on Her Starring Role in Ed Wood’s Japanese Monster Movie!

IN THE GRASP OF GAIRA! An Interview with Toho Actress Wakako Tanabe!

Wakako Tanabe, born on January 7, 1941, began her acting career at Toho Studios in the early 1960s. During her career, she appeared in small but memorable roles in a number of the studio's monster films. Ms. Tanabe plays Torahata's companion while he speaks to Kumayama on the phone in Godzilla vs. The Thing (a.k.a. … Continue reading IN THE GRASP OF GAIRA! An Interview with Toho Actress Wakako Tanabe!

THE BRAINS BEHIND BRAIN 17! Michael Part on Americanizing a Japanese Cult Classic!

In the early 1980s, some Japanese TV tokusatsu from the ‘70s found its way to America in an unexpected way. Toei’s Message from Space: Galactic Wars (1978-79) spinoff TV series, as well as Daitetsujin 17 (1977), were edited and dubbed into feature-length movie versions  by 3B Productions for American consumption. These shortened versions were released … Continue reading THE BRAINS BEHIND BRAIN 17! Michael Part on Americanizing a Japanese Cult Classic!

A VIEW FROM THE FUTURE: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah’s Wilson on His Memorable Heisei Series Role

Chuck Wilson, born in Boston, Massachusetts, and educated in Grand Rapids, Michigan, joined the U.S. Air Force in 1969 and came to Japan on January 10, 1970, to study judo. After spending three years in Kyoto, he moved to Tokyo and began working in the fitness industry. In 1991, Mr. Wilson landed the role of … Continue reading A VIEW FROM THE FUTURE: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah’s Wilson on His Memorable Heisei Series Role