Keizo Murase (with King Ghidorah) in April 2019. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on October 5, 1935, in Ikeda, Tokachi, Hokkaido (where his family home still is), Keizo Murase is a veteran kaiju suitmaker who began his career at Toho in 1958, leaving an indelible mark on the genre with his work on Varan the … Continue reading REVISITING JAPAN’S MASTER MONSTER MAKER! Keizo Murase Answers More Questions About Creating Kaiju!
One of the Godzilla series’ most memorable (and even controversial) scenes is when the Godzillasaurus attacks the American soldiers on Lagos Island during the World War II scenes in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991). The sequence made headlines in the West for its alleged anti-American content. Max von Schuler was there as one of the soldiers, … Continue reading MORE THAN JUST A FOOTNOTE IN G-HISTORY! Max von Schuler on His Close Encounter with Godzilla!
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 Raids Again and Monster Zero, respectively). Mr. Sasaki joined Toho … Continue reading GODZILLA’S LEADING MAN OF THE 1970S! Katsuhiko Sasaki Discusses His Life and Career in Film!
As a writer-director, no one shaped the Heisei Godzilla series more than Kazuki Omori. Mr. Omori wrote and directed Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) and Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991), and wrote the screenplays for Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) and Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995). In May 2019, Mr. Omori spoke to Brett Homenick about his work … Continue reading REIMAGINING GODZILLA FOR THE HEISEI ERA! Kazuki Omori on Updating Godzilla for a New Generation!
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
American Richard Berger became a part of Godzilla history quite by accident. As a journalist in Japan, his agent arranged for him to appear alongside Chuck Wilson as the diabolical Futurian Grenchiko in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991). In 2005, Mr. Berger discussed his memorable part in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah with Brett Homenick. Brett … Continue reading THE GRENCHIKO TAPES! Actor Richard Berger Remembers Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah!
In 1991, Anna Nakagawa (1965-2014) was a rising actress in Japan. That year, she was asked by Toho Co., Ltd., to star in the studio’s next G-film, Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991). Playing the part of Futurian Emmy Kano, Ms. Nakagawa became one of the most popular leading ladies in Western Godzilla fandom. While she … Continue reading WOMAN FROM THE 23RD CENTURY! Anna Nakagawa on Starring in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah!
Kent Gilbert, a native of the Mountain West, was born in Pocatello, Idaho, and grew up in Orem, Utah. He went on to study at Brigham Young University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree, an MBA, and a law degree. While working as a lawyer in Tokyo, he obtained acting jobs in commercials and television … Continue reading SHIP COMMANDER SPEAKS! Kent Gilbert Talks Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah!
Jeff Berglund appeared in 1991’s Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah as a World War II-era naval officer who exclaims the famous line, “Take that, you dinosaur!” once it seems that the Americans have killed the rampaging Godzillasaurus. Mr. Berglund was born in Mitchell, South Dakota, on April 6, 1949. He graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, … Continue reading TAKE THAT, YOU DINOSAUR! Jeff Berglund Remembers Godzilla and King Ghidorah!
The name Daniel Kahl may not register with many G-fans, but his memorable role in 1991’s Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah certainly does. In the film, Mr. Kahl played Major Spielberg, a naval officer during World War II, whose sighting of the Futurians’ time machine would inspire his son to change the cinematic world forever. Fifteen years … Continue reading MAJOR SPIELBERG SPEAKS! Daniel Kahl Recalls Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah!