Don Frye in July 2014. Photo © Brett Homenick. 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 … Continue reading CAPTAIN GORDON’S FINAL WAR! Actor Don Frye on Starring in ‘Godzilla: Final Wars’!
Shogo Tomiyama in March 2021. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on February 27, 1952, Shogo Tomiyama rose to prominence in the Japanese movie industry by becoming a producer at Toho Pictures. Internationally, Mr. Tomiyama is well-known for producing the Godzilla series from Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) through Godzilla: Final Wars (2004). Mr. Tomiyama officially joined … Continue reading CARRYING ON GODZILLA’S LEGACY: Producer Shogo Tomiyama on Guiding the Godzilla Series into the New Millennium!
Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on February 27, 1952, Shogo Tomiyama rose to prominence in the Japanese movie industry by becoming a producer at Toho Pictures. Internationally, Mr. Tomiyama is well-known for producing the Godzilla series from Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) through Godzilla: Final Wars (2004). Mr. Tomiyama officially joined Toho in 1975. After working … Continue reading PRODUCING GODZILLA: Former Toho Pictures President Shogo Tomiyama Reflects on the Godzilla Series!
Ray Sefo, a New Zealand kickboxer who became a successful MMA fighter in Japan, was cast by Ryuhei Kitamura to play the part of Glenn in Godzilla: Final Wars in 2004. Among Mr. Sefo’s accomplishments in the fighting world are defeating Jerome Le Banner in the first round of their fight, as well as being … Continue reading KICKBOXING GODZILLA! MMA Fighter Ray Sefo on His ‘Godzilla: Final Wars’ Cameo!
Born on April 29, 1934, in what is now Chongjin, North Korea, Akira Takarada joined Toho as a member of the studio's sixth New Face class in 1953 and quickly established himself as one of its brightest 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’!