Yoshikazu Ishii grew up a kaiju fan in Japan and eventually got to live the dream of working on Godzilla films and directing special effects on a variety of tokusatsu projects. But how did the dream become reality? In July 2005, Brett Homenick and J. D. Lees interviewed Mr. Ishii about his fascinating journey. Translation … Continue reading A VETERAN OF GODZILLA’S FINAL WAR! Yoshikazu Ishii Goes Behind the Scenes at Toho!
Hiroshi Kashiwabara is a prolific film and television scriptwriter who penned three screenplays for the Godzilla series in the 1990s and early 2000s. Mr. Kashiwabara wrote the script for Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (1994), and (with fellow screenwriter Wataru Mimura) crafted the scripts for Godzilla 2000 (1999) and Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000). Prior to his involvement in the … Continue reading GODZILLA ON PAPER! Screenwriter Hiroshi Kashiwabara on Writing the Godzilla Series!
One of the most memorable characters from the popular Heisei Godzilla series entry Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993) is Dr. Asimov, who in many ways steals the show from his Japanese counterparts. But the man behind the character has remained quite elusive -- until now. Joseph Leo Meneghetti was born in Texas on September 28, 1943. Standing 6’5” … Continue reading LEO MENEGHETTI REMEMBERED: A Personal Reminiscence of One of the Godzilla Series’ Most Memorable Americans
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!
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!
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!
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!
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 … 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!
Paulette Rubinstein has worked with everybody in the dubbing business from Ingmar Bergman to Godzilla. As one of Titra’s most respected directors, Ms. Rubinstein enjoyed a successful career dubbing all kinds of films from all over the world. While she is most proud of her work with cinematic heavyweights like Jan Troell, she also occasionally … Continue reading FROM BERGMAN TO GODZILLA! Paulette Rubinstein Looks Back on Her Career in Voice-Acting