GODZILLA’S FIRST CO-STAR! Akira Takarada Reminisces About His Famous Classmate, the King of the Monsters!

Born on April 29, 1934, in what is now Chongjin, North Korea, Mr. Takarada joined Toho as a member of the studio's sixth New Face class in 1953 and quickly established himself as one of its biggest stars. His big break came with the leading role of Hideto Ogata in Godzilla (1954), which was followed … Continue reading GODZILLA’S FIRST CO-STAR! Akira Takarada Reminisces About His Famous Classmate, the King of the Monsters!

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!

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!

RACE CARS, DRUMS, AND MONSTERS! Yutaka Hayashi on His Varied Entertainment Career!

Yutaka Hayashi, who played the race car driver Hiroshi Jinkawa, in Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), followed an unusual path in becoming part of the movie business. In 1966, Mr. Hayashi debuted as the drummer for the pop band The Village Singers, which immediately started releasing records. In 1972, The Village Singers ultimately disbanded, and Mr. … Continue reading RACE CARS, DRUMS, AND MONSTERS! Yutaka Hayashi on His Varied Entertainment Career!

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!

YURIKO HISHIMI REFLECTS ON ULTRA SEVEN AND GODZILLA! The Actress Who Played Anne Yuri Celebrates 50 Years of Ultra Seven!

  Yuriko Hishimi would be best known to Japanese monster movie fans as Tomoko Tomoe (the martial arts expert) in Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972) and as Anne Yuri in the original Ultra Seven (1967-68) series. In 2008, Ms. Hishimi, in an interview translated by totorom, answered Brett Homenick's questions. Vantage Point Interviews proudly presents this interview in celebration of … Continue reading YURIKO HISHIMI REFLECTS ON ULTRA SEVEN AND GODZILLA! The Actress Who Played Anne Yuri Celebrates 50 Years of Ultra Seven!