A YOUNG LIFE IN CINEMA! Hiroyuki Kawase on Acting in the Godzilla Series and Working with Akira Kurosawa!

Hiroyuki Kawase in February 2021. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on August 28, 1963, Hiroyuki Kawase got one of the luckiest breaks any actor could receive by getting cast in Akira Kurosawa's Oscar-nominated drama Dodes'ka-den (1970) as a child actor, playing the son of a beggar. Following this auspicious role, Mr. Kawase starred in Godzilla … Continue reading A YOUNG LIFE IN CINEMA! Hiroyuki Kawase on Acting in the Godzilla Series and Working with Akira Kurosawa!

PRELUDE TO A DIRECTING CAREER! Toru Murakawa on His Years as an Assistant Director at Nikkatsu Studios!

Toru Murakawa in November 2021. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on March 22, 1937, in Murayama, Yamagata Prefecture, Toru Murakawa is a prolific film and television director whose collaborations with actor Yusaku Matsuda, such as The Resurrection of the Golden Wolf (1979) and The Beast to Die (1980), are among his best-known works. On the … Continue reading PRELUDE TO A DIRECTING CAREER! Toru Murakawa on His Years as an Assistant Director at Nikkatsu Studios!

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!