Susan Dumas enjoyed the unique experience of living in Japan during both the mid-1950s and early 1960s, something of a rarity for an American gaijin. As a young adult, Ms. Dumas dabbled in the entertainment industry in Japan, appearing mostly on television and in print as a model. She even briefly lent her voice to the … Continue reading A MODEL LIFE! Susan Dumas on Her Memories of 1960s Japan!
One of the most memorable characters from the popular Heisei Godzilla series entry Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993) is Dr. Asimov, who in many ways steals the show from his Japanese counterparts. But the man behind the character has remained quite elusive -- until now. Joseph Leo Meneghetti was born in Texas on September 28, 1943. Standing 6’5” … Continue reading LEO MENEGHETTI REMEMBERED: A Personal Reminiscence of One of the Godzilla Series’ Most Memorable Americans
The Manster (1959) remains a beloved cult classic and has been a staple of late-night television for decades. Very little information has since come out about its production, and interviews with the cast and crew have proven to be scarce. One of the film's most memorable characters is the sympathetic lab assistant, Tara, who works … Continue reading MEMORIES OF THE MANSTER! Actress Terri Zimmern Shares Her Recollections of the Enduring, Made-in-Japan Cult Classic!
Body of the Prey is a low-budget science fiction thriller that was produced in Japan in the late 1960s, but only recently has it received much attention in the West. Having been released on home video and/or written about under several different titles (such as The Revenge of Dr. X, Venus Flytrap, and The Devil Garden), research … Continue reading RECOLLECTIONS OF BODY OF THE PREY! Atsuko Rome Looks Back on Her Starring Role in Ed Wood’s Japanese Monster Movie!
Ann Ault came to Japan in the mid-1960s with her father, Air Force Brigadier General Richard Ault (1917-2009), and it would be this experience that would launch a lifelong career in entertainment. It all started with a role as a nurse in the enduring cult classic The Green Slime (1968). From there, Ms. Ault embarked … Continue reading DIVINE REFLECTIONS ON JAPAN! Ann Ault on Her Spiritual Journey through the East and West!
Robert Dunham (July 6, 1931 - August 6, 2001) worked for several years as an actor, stunt man, and voice actor in the Japanese film industry during the 1960s and '70s. Among his best known credits are Godzilla vs. Megalon (as Antonio, the emperor of Seatopia), The Green Slime (as Captain Martin), and Dogora the … Continue reading ANTONIO’S DAUGHTER SPEAKS! Emiko Jade Frost on Her Cult Film Star Father, Robert Dunham!
Richard Edlund is a four-time Academy Award winner (winning for Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Return of the Jedi) who helped revolutionize the area of visual effects in moviemaking. Mr. Edlund's extensive effects credits include such blockbusters as: Poltergeist (1982), Ghostbusters (1984), Die Hard (1988), Batman Returns (1992), … Continue reading JAPAN AND ITS SPECIAL EFFECTS! Oscar Winner Richard Edlund on His Interest in the Land of the Rising Sun and Godzilla!
Bo Svenson is one of the best known actors to appear in a Japanese sci-fi film, having acted in such popular movies as The Great Waldo Pepper (1975), Walking Tall Part II (1975), The Inglorious Bastards (1978), North Dallas Forty (1979), The Delta Force (1986), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), and Inglourious Basterds (2009). Mr. Svenson portrayed Major Carter, one … Continue reading SAVING THE WORLD FROM THE VIRUS! Bo Svenson on His Turn in Kinji Fukasaku’s End-of-the-World Thriller!
Philadelphia native Elise Richter moved to Japan in the 1950s with her family, but she could not have guessed that the experience would have led to a career in the movies. While she appeared in numerous films for various studios, Ms. Richter’s best remembered role is that of Sylvia in Battle in Outer Space … Continue reading FLY ME TO THE MOON! Actress Elise Richter Recalls Toho’s Battle in Outer Space!
Derrick Michael Holmes (1958-2012) is known to Godzilla fans around the world as Biomajor spy Michael Low in Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989). But before he ever appeared in a Godzilla film, Mr. Holmes came to Japan in 1979 and worked as a dancer and DJ and later as a model. Mr. Holmes’ acting career began … Continue reading BIOMAJOR’S BEST! Derrick Michael Holmes on Godzilla vs. Biollante!