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!
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!
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!
Keith Emerson (1944-2016) is best known worldwide as the keyboardist for the progressive rock group Emerson, Lake & Palmer, but following his departure from the band, Mr. Emerson began composing film scores. In 2004, Mr. Emerson, along with Nobuhiko Morino and Daisuke Yano, composed the score to Godzilla: Final Wars, Godzilla's 50th anniversary film. In 2007, Mr. Emerson … Continue reading PROGRESSIVE GODZILLA! Keith Emerson on Composing the Film Score to Godzilla: Final Wars!
Darren Schnase appears as the flamboyant gangster in Ryuhei Kitamura's Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), and even though he had just a small amount of screen time, Mr. Schnase managed to outshine many of the film's monsters. In 2005, Mr. Schnase answered a few questions about his turn in Godzilla's 50th anniversary film. Q: Had you … Continue reading BLOWN AWAY BY RODAN! Darren Schnase on His Role in Godzilla: Final Wars!
Mick Preston was cast as the tough-talking New York City cop in Ryuhei Kitamura's Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), Godzilla's 50th anniversary film. While his scene may have been short, it is one of the most memorable parts in the entire movie. In this 2005 interview, Mr. Preston recalls working on what would be Godzilla's last … Continue reading NYC’S FINEST MEETS RODAN! Mick Preston Remembers Shooting Godzilla: Final Wars!
Australian-based actor Michael Croaker earned a place in Godzilla history in 2004 when he was cast in Ryuhei Kitamura's Godzilla: Final Wars. Mr. Croaker played the role of Ritchie, a car thief who meets Zilla face-to-face during the monster's rampage in Sydney. While it may have been a small part in the film, Mr. Croaker … Continue reading UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH ZILLA! Michael Croaker on His Role in Godzilla: Final Wars!
Don Frye is an accomplished Ultimate Fighter and mixed martial artist who made the transition to movie star with Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), the Big G’s 50th anniversary film. Mr. Frye, as Captain Douglas Gordon, won praise even from Final Wars’ harshest critics for his witty one-liners and his commanding screen presence. When it comes … Continue reading CAPTAIN DOUGLAS GORDON REPORTS FOR DUTY! Don Frye on Starring in Godzilla: Final Wars!
American-born Jonathan Legg is an actor and model who has worked on both sides of the Pacific. When he lived in Japan, Mr. Legg appeared in Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) as an Earth Defense Force soldier. In 2007, Mr. Legg shared his memories of the shoot with Brett Homenick. Brett Homenick: How did you get involved … Continue reading DEFENDING THE EARTH! Actor Jonathan Legg Remembers Shooting Godzilla: Final Wars!
Since the early 1990s, Kyle Cooper has been and remains one of Hollywood’s leading title designers. Mr. Cooper has widely been credited with revitalizing the craft with his main title for the hit movie Se7en in 1995. In the years since then, Mr. Cooper has served as title designer on innumerable motion pictures, such as … Continue reading A BURNING LOVE FOR GODZILLA! Kyle Cooper on Designing the Opening Title Sequence for Godzilla: Final Wars!