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!

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GODZILLA’S LEADING MAN OF THE 1970S! Katsuhiko Sasaki Discusses His Life and Career in Film!

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!

REFLECTIONS IN A GLOWING EYE! Tomoko Ai on Her Breakout Role as Katsura Mafune!

Tomoko Ai never dreamed of becoming an actress, but once she became one, she achieved international attention with her starring role as Katsura Mafune in Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975). Prior to her casting in the final Godzilla movie in the Showa series, she portrayed Monster Attacking Crew (MAC) member Haruko Matsuki in Ultraman Leo (1974-75). In July … Continue reading REFLECTIONS IN A GLOWING EYE! Tomoko Ai on Her Breakout Role as Katsura Mafune!

MONDO ISLAND MEMOIRS! Actor Rhodes Reason on His Starring Role in King Kong Escapes!

American actor Rhodes Reason (1930-2014) made his mark in the world of Japanese monster movies when he starred as Commander Carl Nelson in King Kong Escapes (1967), a lavish Toho production that still entertains audiences to this day. Mr. Reason had a wonderful sense of humor about his monster movie legacy, which is on full display … Continue reading MONDO ISLAND MEMOIRS! Actor Rhodes Reason on His Starring Role in King Kong Escapes!

PHENOMENAL SNOWMAN! A Conversation with Loren Coleman!

Loren Coleman, a recognized authority on paranormal phenomena worldwide, is the author of such investigative volumes as Curious Encounters (Faber and Faber, 1985), Mysterious America: The Revised Edition (Paraview Press, 2001 ), and Mothman and Other Curious Encounters (Paraview Press, 2002). Throughout the years, he has been a frequent guest on the top-rated late-night radio program Coast to Coast AM. It may … Continue reading PHENOMENAL SNOWMAN! A Conversation with Loren Coleman!

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!

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!

FLY ME TO THE MOON! Actress Elise Richter Recalls Toho’s Battle in Outer Space!

  Philadelphia native Elise Richter moved to Japan in the 1950s with her family, but she could not have guessed that the experience would have led to a career in the movies. While she appeared in numerous films for various studios, Ms. Richter’s best remembered role is that of Sylvia in Battle in Outer Space … Continue reading FLY ME TO THE MOON! Actress Elise Richter Recalls Toho’s Battle in Outer Space!

CELEBRATING THE “HAPPY” DAYS! Actor Yasuhiko Saijo Opens Up About Ultra Q and Toho!

Yasuhiko Saijo (born on February 20, 1939) is a Japanese actor who began his career at Toho Studios in 1957. A graduate of Seijo University, Mr. Saijo played a major role in changing Japanese television when he was cast as one of the three leads in the groundbreaking TV series Ultra Q (1966), which went … Continue reading CELEBRATING THE “HAPPY” DAYS! Actor Yasuhiko Saijo Opens Up About Ultra Q and Toho!

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