Born on June 16, 1925, in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Shigeo Kato joined Toho in the early 1950s. Early in his acting career, Mr. Kato appeared in brief roles in such cinema classics as Akira Kurosawa's Ikiru (1952) and Seven Samurai (1954), as well as the original Godzilla (1954). Mr. Kato remained a Toho actor until … Continue reading SEVENTY YEARS AN ACTOR! Shigeo Kato on His Early Life and Acting Career!
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!
Born on July 20, 1947, in Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture, Takashi Naganuma began his career in special effects in the early 1970s and lent his talents to many Toho tokusatsu productions through the early 1990s. In May 2019, Mr Naganuma was interviewed by Brett Homenick about his work on the Godzilla series and beyond. The … Continue reading TOKUSATSU THE TOHO WAY! Takashi Naganuma on Creating SFX for the Godzilla Series!
One of the Godzilla series’ most memorable (and even controversial) scenes is when the Godzillasaurus attacks the American soldiers on Lagos Island during the World War II scenes in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991). The sequence made headlines in the West for its alleged anti-American content. Max von Schuler was there as one of the soldiers, … Continue reading MORE THAN JUST A FOOTNOTE IN G-HISTORY! Max von Schuler on His Close Encounter with Godzilla!
Bin Furuya achieved stardom as Ultraman's first suit actor in the groundbreaking series Ultraman (1966-67) from Tsuburaya Productions. However, years before finding success on television, Mr. Furuya got his acting start working as an extra in movies at Toho Studios. Born on July 5, 1943, in Tokyo, Mr. Furuya was a member of Toho's 15th … Continue reading THE ROAD TO M78! Bin Furuya on His Early Toho and Suit-Acting Roles!
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!
Tomoko Ai never dreamed of becoming an actress, but once she became one, she achieved international attention with her starring role as Katsura Mafune in Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975). Prior to her casting in the final Godzilla movie in the Showa series, she portrayed Monster Attacking Crew (MAC) member Haruko Matsuki in Ultraman Leo (1974-75). In July … Continue reading REFLECTIONS IN A GLOWING EYE! Tomoko Ai on Her Breakout Role as Katsura Mafune!
As a writer-director, no one shaped the Heisei Godzilla series more than Kazuki Omori. Mr. Omori wrote and directed Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) and Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991), and wrote the screenplays for Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) and Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995). In May 2019, Mr. Omori spoke to Brett Homenick about his work … Continue reading REIMAGINING GODZILLA FOR THE HEISEI ERA! Kazuki Omori on Updating Godzilla for a New Generation!
Teruyoshi Nakano is one of Japan’s masters of special effects. Born in what is now Dandong, China, on October 9, 1935, Mr. Nakano joined Toho in 1959 and quickly moved up the ranks in special effects, becoming chief assistant director under Eiji Tsuburaya by 1963. In 1969, Mr. Nakano would serve as special effects director … Continue reading AN EXPLOSIVE CAREER! Toho SFX Director Teruyoshi Nakano Reflects on Some of His Non-Godzilla Films!
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!