REVISITING THE LEGEND’S REBIRTH! Director R. J. Kizer’s In-Depth History the Americanization of ‘Godzilla 1985’!

R. J. Kizer stands in front of a New York City theater showing Godzilla 1985. Photo © Francoise Charlap. R. J. Kizer, born and raised in the New York City area, attended New York University Film School, from which he graduated in 1976. Following graduation, Mr. Kizer moved to Los Angeles in 1978. In May … Continue reading REVISITING THE LEGEND’S REBIRTH! Director R. J. Kizer’s In-Depth History the Americanization of ‘Godzilla 1985’!

GODZILLA’S CROWNING MOMENT! UPA’s Post-Production Supervisor Richard Krown on Americanizing Toho Classics!

Photo © Richard Krown. Born on February 17, 1931, Richard Krown grew up in the Los Angeles area and joined United Productions of America in the 1960s. At UPA, Mr. Krown worked on some of the most beloved Americanizations of Toho monster films, usually as production (or post-production) supervisor. Among his Toho monster movie credits … Continue reading GODZILLA’S CROWNING MOMENT! UPA’s Post-Production Supervisor Richard Krown on Americanizing Toho Classics!

‘MOTHRA’ MEMORIES! Masamitsu Tayama Recalls Appearing in the 1961 Toho Classic!

Masamitsu Tayama in April 2021. Photo © Brett Homenick. Masamitsu Tayama is a former child actor who appeared in several movies and TV shows in Japan in the early 1960s. Most notably, he played Shinji Chujo, the younger brother of Dr. Shinichi Chujo (Hiroshi Koizumi) in the Toho classic Mothra (1961). Mr. Tayama would not … Continue reading ‘MOTHRA’ MEMORIES! Masamitsu Tayama Recalls Appearing in the 1961 Toho Classic!

TOKUSATSU BEGINNINGS! Eiichi Asada on Becoming an Assistant Director at Toho in the 1970s!

Eiichi Asada in March 2021. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on March 13, 1949, Eiichi Asada got his start at Toho Studios in the early 1970s as an assistant director, working on such movies as Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), Submersion of Japan (1973), Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla (1974), and Espy (1974). In later years, Mr. Asada … Continue reading TOKUSATSU BEGINNINGS! Eiichi Asada on Becoming an Assistant Director at Toho in the 1970s!

DESIGNING THE GARGANTUAS! Fred Bercovitch Reveals His Childhood Contribution to ‘War of the Gargantuas’!

Reuben Bercovitch in 1977. Photo © Reuben Bercovitch. As a child, Fred Bercovitch, the son of film producer and screenwriter Reuben Bercovitch, always loved to draw, even though neither of his parents could draw a stick figure. Cartoons and animation were his favorite pastime at that age. He learned to draw The Flintstones by watching them on … Continue reading DESIGNING THE GARGANTUAS! Fred Bercovitch Reveals His Childhood Contribution to ‘War of the Gargantuas’!

A SCREENWRITER FOR ALL SEASONS! Reuben Bercovitch’s Family Reflects on His Accomplished Life and Career!

Reuben Bercovitch in 2017. Photo © Stephen Bercovitch. Reuben Bercovitch was a producer and screenwriter who worked with Henry G. Saperstein at United Productions of America (UPA) on various film productions throughout the 1960s. On UPA's collaborations with Toho, Mr. Bercovitch's credits include: Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965), Monster Zero (1965), The War of the … Continue reading A SCREENWRITER FOR ALL SEASONS! Reuben Bercovitch’s Family Reflects on His Accomplished Life and Career!

CAPTAIN GORDON’S FINAL WAR! Actor Don Frye on Starring in ‘Godzilla: Final Wars’!

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’!

SYNC OR SWIM! Craig Allen Remembers Dubbing the ’90s Godzilla Films in Hong Kong!

Inside the Shanghai Studio in the 1990s where the Godzilla films were dubbed by Omni Productions. Front row, from left to right: Henry Coombs, Sharon Crose Szmidt, and Ina Chow. Back row, from left to right: Craig Allen and an unidentified individual. Rik Thomas is in the background. Photo © Craig Allen. When Craig Allen … Continue reading SYNC OR SWIM! Craig Allen Remembers Dubbing the ’90s Godzilla Films in Hong Kong!

GODZILLA MEETS MARV! Animator Marv Newland on Creating the Classic Short Film ‘Bambi Meets Godzilla’!

Photo © James O’Mara. In 1969, Marv Newland animated a 90-second film whose popularity and notoriety has endured for more than 50 years. That short film, Bambi Meets Godzilla, has gone on to be screened in animation and film festivals all over the world and has become one of the most famous animated shorts of … Continue reading GODZILLA MEETS MARV! Animator Marv Newland on Creating the Classic Short Film ‘Bambi Meets Godzilla’!

RUMINATIONS ON DIRECTING HEROES FROM THE STARS! Eizo Yamagiwa Looks Back on a Varied Career That Took Him from Starman to Ultraman!

Eizo Yamagiwa in November 2020. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on July 22, 1932, Eizo Yamagiwa began his career in the film industry at Shintoho in the mid-1950s as an assistant director. During his time at the studio, he worked on the seventh entry in the Starman film series, Super Giant: The Space Mutant Appears … Continue reading RUMINATIONS ON DIRECTING HEROES FROM THE STARS! Eizo Yamagiwa Looks Back on a Varied Career That Took Him from Starman to Ultraman!