WILL ROBINSON ON ULTRAMAN! Sci-Fi Icon Bill Mumy on the Japanese Kaiju Genre!

Bill Mumy’s memorable credits in the science fiction genre include the Lost in Space TV series (as Will Robinson), the “It’s a Good Life” episode of the original Twilight Zone, and (of particular interest to readers of Vantage Point Interviews) Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero. Mr. Mumy, a longtime Godzilla fan, discussed his association with the … Continue reading WILL ROBINSON ON ULTRAMAN! Sci-Fi Icon Bill Mumy on the Japanese Kaiju Genre!

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I WAS A TEENAGE MOVIE MAKER! Donald F. Glut on His Kaiju-Related Projects!

Donald F. Glut has authored such books as The Dinosaur Scrapbook and Classic Movie Monsters and has directed films like Dinosaur Valley Girls (1996) and The Mummy‘s Kiss (2003), but he’s probably best known as an amateur filmmaker from decades past. Of particular note to Vantage Point Interviews readers, he was commissioned by Tsuburaya Productions … Continue reading I WAS A TEENAGE MOVIE MAKER! Donald F. Glut on His Kaiju-Related Projects!

CHASING THE IVORY APE! Derek Partridge on His Tsuburaya Productions Turn!

Derek Partridge is an actor and television presenter whose credits run a broad gamut. Mr. Partridge has appeared in such films as King & Country (1964), The Killing of Sister George (1968), and the James Bond thriller Thunderball (1965). His television credits include the original Star Trek series (the episode "Plato’s Stepchildren"), Dallas, and T.J. … Continue reading CHASING THE IVORY APE! Derek Partridge on His Tsuburaya Productions Turn!

KAIJU MEET THEIR MAKER! Shinichi Wakasa on His Monster-Making Career!

Shinichi Wakasa is arguably Japan’s leading kaiju suit builder. Having worked on a myriad of tokusatsu projects, ranging from Ultraman 80 (1980-81) to Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), Mr. Wakasa has always combined hard work with his incredible imagination to create some of the big screen’s greatest monsters. Brett Homenick was privileged to ask Mr. Wakasa questions … Continue reading KAIJU MEET THEIR MAKER! Shinichi Wakasa on His Monster-Making Career!

THE WOMAN BEHIND GRACE MIYABE! Actress Linda Mabrey Recalls Ultra Seven and Her Singing Career in Japan!

Linda Mabrey (a.k.a. Linda Malsom) became an actress and model in Japan by pure happenstance. After arriving in Japan in the late 1960s, Linda found herself appearing in the cult classic The Green Slime (1968), as well as episode 19 of Tsuburaya Productions’ Ultra Seven (1967-68) as Grace Miyabe. Born on May 16, 1947, in … Continue reading THE WOMAN BEHIND GRACE MIYABE! Actress Linda Mabrey Recalls Ultra Seven and Her Singing Career in Japan!

CELEBRATING THE “HAPPY” DAYS! Actor Yasuhiko Saijo Opens Up About Ultra Q and Toho!

Yasuhiko Saijo (born on February 20, 1939) is a Japanese actor who began his career at Toho Studios in 1957. A graduate of Seijo University, Mr. Saijo played a major role in changing Japanese television when he was cast as one of the three leads in the groundbreaking TV series Ultra Q (1966), which went … Continue reading CELEBRATING THE “HAPPY” DAYS! Actor Yasuhiko Saijo Opens Up About Ultra Q and Toho!

FLYING TOWARD THE FUTURE! Actor Dore Kraus on His Turn as Ultraman!

Best known to tokusatsu fans as Ultraman’s alter ego Jack Shindo in Ultraman: Towards the Future (a.k.a. Ultraman Great), Dore Kraus is an American who began his acting career in Australia and eventually returned to the States where he is now working in the wine business. Having appeared as a special guest at John Rocco … Continue reading FLYING TOWARD THE FUTURE! Actor Dore Kraus on His Turn as Ultraman!

RAISING KANE! Actor Kane Kosugi on His Tokusatsu Roles!

Master martial artist Kane Kosugi has enjoyed a prolific film career in both Japan and the United States. Having appeared in films like Cat’s Eye (1997), Zero Woman (1995), DOA: Dead Or Alive (2006), and Pray for Death (1985), Mr. Kosugi has entertained audiences on both sides of the Pacific with his martial arts prowess … Continue reading RAISING KANE! Actor Kane Kosugi on His Tokusatsu Roles!

THE YOUNG GAL! Actress Machiko Naka Answers Questions About Her Toho Days!

Machiko Naka, born on October 12, 1936, is an accomplished actress who has appeared in many Toho films throughout the years. She was a regular actress in the popular "Young Guy" series and appeared in such movies as the Crazy Cats film Las Vegas Free-for-All and The Battle of Okinawa (directed by Kihachi Okamoto). Godzilla … Continue reading THE YOUNG GAL! Actress Machiko Naka Answers Questions About Her Toho Days!

ULTRA-DIRECTOR! Kengo Kaji on His Career at Tsuburaya Pro and Beyond!

Kengo Kaji is one of Japan’s most prolific and celebrated writers of manga. However, it’s his involvement with Ultraman and other tokusatsu projects that fascinate kaiju fans on both sides of the Pacific. Mr. Kaji directed episodes of Ultraman Max (2005-06), Ultraman Mebius (2006-07), and Ultraseven X (2007), as well as Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster … Continue reading ULTRA-DIRECTOR! Kengo Kaji on His Career at Tsuburaya Pro and Beyond!