THE GRANDDADDY OF ‘EM ALL! Greg Shoemaker on the ‘Japanese Fantasy Film Journal’!

Greg Shoemaker (1947-2019), the founder and editor of the legendary Japanese Fantasy Film Journal, is often celebrated as the creator of Godzilla fandom in the United States. Published in 1968, JFFJ #1 was the first fanzine devoted to the genre of sci-fi and fantasy films from Japan, and many fans still regard it as the … Continue reading THE GRANDDADDY OF ‘EM ALL! Greg Shoemaker on the ‘Japanese Fantasy Film Journal’!

Luciana Paluzzi Remembers MGM’s ‘The Green Slime’ (1968)

Luciana Paluzzi is an Italian actress who has worked all over the world in many notable films. She’s best known as the villainess Fiona Volpe in the James Bond  film Thunderball (1965), in which she starred opposite Sean Connery. When it comes to television, she starred in the series Five Fingers for 20th Century Fox … Continue reading Luciana Paluzzi Remembers MGM’s ‘The Green Slime’ (1968)

WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THAT, AL? Cliff Harrington on His Japanese Movie Career!

American-born actor-writer-photographer Clifford V. Harrington (1932-2013) is most recognizable to aficionados of Japanese monster movies as King Kong vs. Godzilla's Al, the terrified helicopter co-pilot who doesn’t know “what to make of it” when Godzilla bursts out of the iceberg. While he’s best known for that role, Mr. Harrington also appeared as an extra in Mothra … Continue reading WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THAT, AL? Cliff Harrington on His Japanese Movie Career!

THE WOMAN BEHIND GRACE MIYABE! Actress Linda Mabrey Recalls ‘Ultra Seven’ and Her Singing Career in Japan!

Linda Mabrey (a.k.a. Linda Malsom) became an actress and model in Japan by pure happenstance. After arriving in Japan in the late 1960s, Linda found herself appearing in the cult classic The Green Slime (1968), as well as episode 19 of Tsuburaya Productions’ Ultra Seven (1967-68) as Grace Miyabe. Born on May 16, 1947, in … Continue reading THE WOMAN BEHIND GRACE MIYABE! Actress Linda Mabrey Recalls ‘Ultra Seven’ and Her Singing Career in Japan!

KAZUAKI KIRIYA ON ‘CASSHERN’! The Director Recalls His International Box Office Smash!

Japanese filmmaker Kazuaki Kiriya made waves both in Japan and in America when he released his 2004 opus Casshern to theaters. A groundbreaking sci-fi/action film, Casshern earned Mr. Kiriya praise around the globe for his unique visual style. Casshern is currently available in the United States on DVD. Mr. Kiriya came to the United States … Continue reading KAZUAKI KIRIYA ON ‘CASSHERN’! The Director Recalls His International Box Office Smash!

TATSUYOSHI EHARA CONTINUED! The Second Half of the Toho Actor’s Filmmaking Memories!

Tatsuyoshi Ehara is a prolific Japanese actor whose career stretches all the way back to the 1940s. Born on March 26, 1937, Mr. Ehara began in entertainment as a child actor. His entry point into the world of filmmaking was at Shochiku Studios, the home of legendary auteur Yasujiro Ozu. Moving to Toho Studios in the … Continue reading TATSUYOSHI EHARA CONTINUED! The Second Half of the Toho Actor’s Filmmaking Memories!

LINDA HARDISTY CELEBRATED: Author Mike Worley Remembers the Beloved ‘Ultra Seven’ Actress

Mystery writer Mike Worley has enjoyed a multifaceted career that has run the gamut from serving as the chief of police in Meridian, Idaho, to teaching students as a university instructor. Mr. Worley was very close with Linda Hardisty, the late actress best remembered as Dorothy Anderson from episodes 14 and 15 of Tsuburaya Productions' … Continue reading LINDA HARDISTY CELEBRATED: Author Mike Worley Remembers the Beloved ‘Ultra Seven’ Actress

REVISITING ‘LATITUDE ZERO’! Actress Linda Haynes Recounts Her Toho Experience!

Linda Haynes was born in Miami, FL. Her parents were both from Sweden, and Swedish is actually her first language. Ms. Haynes went to school in Miami and then in Caracas, Venezuela. Her father was a sea captain, so she got to travel when she was little. Ms. Haynes was a child model until the … Continue reading REVISITING ‘LATITUDE ZERO’! Actress Linda Haynes Recounts Her Toho Experience!

RIGHT FOR COMMAND! Actor Robert Horton Remembers ‘The Green Slime’!

Robert Horton is a star of film and television whose credits include such popular TV programs as Wagon Train (as Flint McCullough), The Lone Ranger, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and A Man Called Shenandoah. His feature film credits include the titles Pony Soldier, Code Two, and Apache War Smoke, among many others. Fans of Japanese films will … Continue reading RIGHT FOR COMMAND! Actor Robert Horton Remembers ‘The Green Slime’!

GEORGE KENNEDY REMEMBERS JAPAN! The Legendary Actor Recalls Making the Disaster Movie ‘Virus’ in the Far East!

George Kennedy is an actor who truly needs no introduction. Movie fans instantly recognize Mr. Kennedy for his Academy Award-winning performance as Dragline in the 1967 hit Cool Hand Luke, in which he starred opposite Paul Newman. However, Mr. Kennedy has seen and done it all in the acting world, having conquered the action genre … Continue reading GEORGE KENNEDY REMEMBERS JAPAN! The Legendary Actor Recalls Making the Disaster Movie ‘Virus’ in the Far East!