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!

THROUGH THE LENS OF TOKUSATSU! Cinematographer Masao Nakabori Goes Behind the Scenes of the Ultra-Series!

Masao Nakabori in September 2019. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on February 12, 1943, in Nippori, Arakawa City, Tokyo, Masao Nakabori joined Tsuburaya Productions in the mid-1960s and became a cinematographer on some of Japanese television's best special effects series. Among his tokusatsu credits are Ultraman (1966-67), Ultra Seven (1967-68), Operation: Mystery! (1968-69), Silver Kamen … Continue reading THROUGH THE LENS OF TOKUSATSU! Cinematographer Masao Nakabori Goes Behind the Scenes of the Ultra-Series!

MEMOIRS OF AN ICONOCLASTIC SCREENWRITER! Fumio Ishimori on His Scriptwriting Career in Japanese Film and Television!

Fumio Ishimori in November 2020. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on July 31, 1931, screenwriter Fumio Ishimori's work has touched just about every facet of Japanese entertainment. Hailing from from Haboro, Hokkaido, he joined Nikkatsu as a screenwriter in 1963 and later signed with Shochiku in 1969. In total, Mr. Ishimori has written more than … Continue reading MEMOIRS OF AN ICONOCLASTIC SCREENWRITER! Fumio Ishimori on His Scriptwriting Career in Japanese Film and Television!

ULTRAMAN DOWN UNDER! A Candid Conversation with Steve Rosewell about ‘Ultraman: Towards the Future’!

Steve Rosewell operates the Gigasaurus puppet on Ultraman: Towards the Future. Photo © Corrie Ancone. Ultraman: Towards the Future (1992) made history as the first Western production of an Ultra-series. Steve Rosewell was there, and he helped make some of the series’ most memorable kaiju come to life. A few years after completing his work on … Continue reading ULTRAMAN DOWN UNDER! A Candid Conversation with Steve Rosewell about ‘Ultraman: Towards the Future’!

ULTRAMAN RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA! Lewis Morley on His SFX Contributions to ‘Ultraman Zearth’!

Lewis Morley poses with his robot collection and a prototype soft vinyl toy he is working on, based on his own comic book character. Photo © Lewis Morley. While most fans of Tsuburaya Productions are well aware of the made-in-Australia Ultra-series Ultraman: Towards the Future (1992), few know that, just a few years after that … Continue reading ULTRAMAN RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA! Lewis Morley on His SFX Contributions to ‘Ultraman Zearth’!

A GREAT TIME WITH ULTRAMAN GREAT! Lloyd Morris on Playing UMA Member Charles Morgan for Tsuburaya Productions!

Lloyd Morris in a recent head shot. Photo © Lloyd Morris. Lloyd Morris (born on November 11, 1958), is an Australian-based actor who began his professional acting career in the mid-1970s with appearances in the drama The Devil's Playground (1976) as well as guest appearances on the long-running Australian TV series Homicide (1964-77). However, it … Continue reading A GREAT TIME WITH ULTRAMAN GREAT! Lloyd Morris on Playing UMA Member Charles Morgan for Tsuburaya Productions!

TOHO’S FAN FAVORITE! Screen Legend Kenji Sahara on His Most Notable Film and Television Tokusatsu Roles!

Kenji Sahara in June 2012. Photo © Brett Homenick. Kenji Sahara (born May 14, 1932) has appeared in more Godzilla films than any other actor. Mr. Sahara appeared in the original Godzilla (1954) in two small roles and went on to star in such popular titles as: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), Mothra vs. Godzilla … Continue reading TOHO’S FAN FAVORITE! Screen Legend Kenji Sahara on His Most Notable Film and Television Tokusatsu Roles!

FROM MONSTER KID TO MONSTER MAKER! Model Maker Norman Yeend on Living the Dream on the Set of ‘Ultraman’!

Photo © Norman Yeend. In 1992, Ultraman flew back into American homes when the series Ultraman: Towards the Future debuted on syndicated television in January of that year. For many years, Ultraman: Towards the Future would become the Ultra-series that a generation of American tokusatsu fans would know best. Model maker Norman Yeend was there, breathing life … Continue reading FROM MONSTER KID TO MONSTER MAKER! Model Maker Norman Yeend on Living the Dream on the Set of ‘Ultraman’!

GOING TO SEE GODZILLA! Yoshinobu Kaneko Recounts His Experiences as a Young Actor in the Showa Era!

Yoshinobu Kaneko in May 2013. Photo © Brett Homenick. Former child actor Yoshinobu Kaneko is best known to Western monster movie fans as the young boy in King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) who begs his mother to go see Godzilla, only to be told that they're not going to the zoo. In Japan, however, Mr. … Continue reading GOING TO SEE GODZILLA! Yoshinobu Kaneko Recounts His Experiences as a Young Actor in the Showa Era!

REVISITING JAPAN’S MASTER MONSTER MAKER! Keizo Murase Answers More Questions About Creating Kaiju!

Keizo Murase (with King Ghidorah) in April 2019. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on October 5, 1935, in Ikeda, Tokachi, Hokkaido (where his family home still is), Keizo Murase is a veteran kaiju suitmaker who began his career at Toho in 1958, leaving an indelible mark on the genre with his work on Varan the … Continue reading REVISITING JAPAN’S MASTER MONSTER MAKER! Keizo Murase Answers More Questions About Creating Kaiju!