CARRYING ON GODZILLA’S LEGACY: Producer Shogo Tomiyama on Guiding the Godzilla Series into the New Millennium!

Shogo Tomiyama in March 2021. 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 … Continue reading CARRYING ON GODZILLA’S LEGACY: Producer Shogo Tomiyama on Guiding the Godzilla Series into the New Millennium!

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!

HOLLYWOOD’S SIX-SHOOTER SAMURAI! Alex Cox on His New Film ‘Tombstone Rashomon’ and Akira Kurosawa!

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!

THE EIGHTH SAMURAI! Shigeo Kato Shares Stories from His Decades-Long Acting Career!

Born on June 16, 1925, in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, actor Shigeo Kato joined Toho in the early 1950s. Early in his acting career, Mr. Kato appeared in brief roles in such cinema classics as Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru (1952) and Seven Samurai (1954), as well as the original Godzilla (1954). Mr. Kato remained a Toho actor … Continue reading THE EIGHTH SAMURAI! Shigeo Kato Shares Stories from His Decades-Long Acting Career!

REMINISCENCES OF A SHOWA ACTOR! Chotaro Togin Remembers Acting During Japan’s Golden Age!

Chotaro Togin is one of Toho’s most recognizable supporting actors from the 1960s. Born on November 28, 1941, in Tokyo, Mr. Togin joined Toho in the early 1960s and appeared in some of Toho’s best-known films under the guidance of some of the country’s greatest directors. Among his movie credits are: Ichino in Godzilla vs. … Continue reading REMINISCENCES OF A SHOWA ACTOR! Chotaro Togin Remembers Acting During Japan’s Golden Age!

SEVENTY YEARS AN ACTOR! Shigeo Kato on His Early Life and Acting Career!

Born on June 16, 1925, in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Shigeo Kato joined Toho in the early 1950s. Early in his acting career, Mr. Kato appeared in brief roles in such cinema classics as Akira Kurosawa's Ikiru (1952) and Seven Samurai (1954), as well as the original Godzilla (1954). Mr. Kato remained a Toho actor until … Continue reading SEVENTY YEARS AN ACTOR! Shigeo Kato on His Early Life and Acting Career!

THE ROAD TO M78! Bin Furuya on His Early Toho and Suit-Acting Roles!

Bin Furuya achieved stardom as Ultraman's first suit actor in the groundbreaking series Ultraman (1966-67) from Tsuburaya Productions. However, years before finding success on television, Mr. Furuya got his acting start working as an extra in movies at Toho Studios. Born on July 5, 1943, in Tokyo, Mr. Furuya was a member of Toho's 15th … Continue reading THE ROAD TO M78! Bin Furuya on His Early Toho and Suit-Acting Roles!

SID, NANCY, AND GODZILLA! Writer-Director Alex Cox on His Involvement with the Godzilla Franchise!

Most people know Alex Cox as the director of such films as Repo Man (1984) and Sid and Nancy (1986), as well as as the co-screenwriter of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998). Most Godzilla fans, however, know Alex Cox as a fellow Godzilla fan who has written Godzilla comic books, participated in a … Continue reading SID, NANCY, AND GODZILLA! Writer-Director Alex Cox on His Involvement with the Godzilla Franchise!

MR. GODZILLA SPEAKS! Suit Actor Haruo Nakajima on Playing the King of the Monsters!

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, Gaira, and King Kong (in King Kong Escapes, 1967) in a variety of monster movies from Toho Studios. A longtime favorite among Western … Continue reading MR. GODZILLA SPEAKS! Suit Actor Haruo Nakajima on Playing the King of the Monsters!

MAKING GODZILLA FLY! An Interview with Godzilla Director Yoshimitsu Banno!

Writer-director Yoshimitsu Banno helmed the controversial and environmentally aware Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster in 1971 and served as assistant director on the 1974 disaster film The Last Days of Planet Earth (a.k.a. Prophecies of Nostradamus). Oriental Cinema editor Damon Foster and Brett Homenick interviewed Mr. Banno in July 2005 about his work on both … Continue reading MAKING GODZILLA FLY! An Interview with Godzilla Director Yoshimitsu Banno!