Roland Emmerich is one of the most successful directors in film history. Having directed such blockbusters as Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996), The Patriot (2000), The Day after Tomorrow (2004), and White House Down (2013), few filmmakers have entertained as many audiences around the world as Roland Emmerich. In 1996, Mr. Emmerich signed on as … Continue reading GODZILLA’S FIRST HOLLYWOOD MAKEOVER! Writer-Director Roland Emmerich on Reimagining Japan’s Greatest Monster!
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!
Tokusatsu is a genre that has seen its share of child actors over the years, but there is no doubt that Akihide Tsuzawa is one of its most famous. Mr. Tsuzawa was born on September 24, 1954, to Masako Tsuzawa, a famous haiku poet. Mr. Tsuzawa began working as a child actor and soon found … Continue reading HOSHINO ON ULTRAMAN! Akihide Tsuzawa Opens Up About His Career in Tokusatsu and More!
Born on January 7, 1955, in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Masanori Machida was a child actor who began his career in the early 1960s. During his career as a child actor, Mr. Machida appeared in numerous movies during the 1960s, including (in order of production): Toho’s Aogeba Totoshi (1966), Daiei’s Zatoichi’s Vengeance (1966), Toei’s Abashiri Prison: Duel … Continue reading GAPPA ANGRY! Actor Masanori Machida Remembers Playing Saki in Nikkatsu’s Kaiju Classic!
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!
Chuck Wilson, born in Boston, Massachusetts, and educated in Grand Rapids, Michigan, joined the U.S. Air Force in 1969 and came to Japan on January 10, 1970, to study judo. After spending three years in Kyoto, he moved to Tokyo and began working in the fitness industry. In 1991, Mr. Wilson landed the role … Continue reading A VIEW FROM THE FUTURE: Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah’s Wilson on His Memorable Heisei Series Role
American Richard Berger became a part of Godzilla history quite by accident. As a journalist in Japan, his agent arranged for him to appear alongside Chuck Wilson as the diabolical Futurian Grenchiko in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991). In 2005, Mr. Berger discussed his memorable part in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah with Brett Homenick. Brett … Continue reading THE GRENCHIKO TAPES! Actor Richard Berger Remembers Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah!
Paulette Rubinstein has worked with everybody in the dubbing business from Ingmar Bergman to Godzilla. As one of Titra’s most respected directors, Ms. Rubinstein enjoyed a successful career dubbing all kinds of films from all over the world. While she is most proud of her work with cinematic heavyweights like Jan Troell, she also occasionally … Continue reading FROM BERGMAN TO GODZILLA! Paulette Rubinstein Looks Back on Her Career in Voice-Acting
Bruce Fuller makes monsters for a living. In the course of working on such blockbusters as Predator 2 (1990), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), Mr. Fuller built many of Ultraman’s opponents for Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero (1993), designed the Gryphon’s Probe-Bat for … Continue reading MAKING GODZILLA AND ULTRAMAN! Bruce Fuller on Recreating Japan’s Greatest Sci-Fi Icons!
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!