Damon Foster poses with the remnants of Ryosaku Takayama's original Ragon mask used in the TV series Ultraman in 1985. Photo © Damon Foster. Damon Foster, the outspoken editor of Oriental Cinema magazine, has never been at a loss of words, and this Q&A with tokusatsu fandom's resident independent-filmmaking iconoclast is certainly no exception. In … Continue reading AGE OF DAMON! Oriental Cinema Editor Damon Foster on His Fascinating Journey from Film Critic to Filmmaker!
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!
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!
With more than 100 feature-film credits to his name, Todd Gilbert has worked on some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters of recent years.Mr. Gilbert has served as post-production supervisor on such films as: Righteous Kill (2008), The Expendables (2010), Olympus Has Fallen (2013), and Criminal (2016). He also served as associate producer on the Bruce Willis actioner 16 Blocks (2006) and … Continue reading BRINGING THE EAST’S GREATEST HERO TO THE WEST! Todd Gilbert on Scripting Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero!
Atsuko Tanaka (born on April 19, 1942) is a script supervisor (a.k.a. scripter) who worked on several of the most successful tokusatsu TV programs of the 1960s. Beginning with Ultra Q (1966) at Tsuburaya Productions, Ms. Tanaka would go on to work in the same capacity on Ultraman (1966-67), Ultra Seven (1967-68), Kaiju Booska (1966-67), and The Space Giants … Continue reading KEEPING TABS ON ULTRAMAN! Tsuburaya Pro Script Supervisor Atsuko Tanaka Looks Back on Her Tokusatsu Career!
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!
David Grybowski is a Canadian-born actor in Australia who was cast to play the recurring comic-relief character Ike on Ultraman: Towards the Future (1992), one of the two ‘90s-era Ultra-series filmed in the West. In March 2019, Mr. Grybowski reflected on his contributions to the Ultraman franchise in an interview with Brett Homenick. Brett Homenick: What can you tell … Continue reading AN ULTRA-ADVENTURE IN AUSTRALIA! Actor David Grybowski Reflects on Ultraman: Towards the Future!
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!
Santa Clarita resident John Douglas has worked in the entertainment industry in various capacities, but it was on the American-produced Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero (1993) where he arguably made his greatest contribution. Although his most obvious credit was penning two of the show’s episodes (“A Quartet of Creatures” and ”The DaDa Effect”), this interview reveals … Continue reading ULTRAMAN GETS A REWRITE! John Douglas on Scripting Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero!
King Wilder may have directed all 13 episodes of the made-in-America series Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero (1993), but his involvement in the entertainment industry stretches far beyond that. Born in Los Angeles in 1958, Mr. Wilder lived most of his early life in Long Island, New York. In 1986, he secured a job as location … Continue reading THE ULTIMATE DIRECTOR! King Wilder on Directing America’s Take on Ultraman!