12.06.2017: Ed Godziszewski & Steve Ryfle Return!

Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski chat with Kyle about their recently published biography of the director Ishiro Honda.

This episode was recorded last month, just before a local Portland theater hosted a screening of Mothra featuring my two guests, the authors of Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa, Ed Godziszewski and Steve Ryfle! No strangers to the Kaijucast, I was thrilled to have the both of them in the studio at the same time to talk about their working together both on and off the book. If you aren’t familiar with their collective work, and feel lost at all during the conversation, I also spoke with Ed while in Chicago for a G-Fest (episode 95) and Steve while visiting Los Angeles (episode 92).

It’s always a pleasure to have these guys be part of our little radioactive dinosaur radio show, and if you must know, I am reading their book….just very slowly. But I’m definitely going to keep it up until I know all there is to know about Ishiro Honda!

We didn’t cover any additional news or catastrophic events for this, but if you are looking for more information about signings or screenings, look no further than the book’s Facebook page (specifically, the Events page). At the moment, the following are confirmed:

12/10 – Ishiro Honda: A Life In Film, From Godzilla to Kurosawa Presentation at Bucket O’ Blood Books & Records in Chicago, IL with Ed Godziszewski
01/11 – Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film – Author Talk at Book Soup in West Hollywood, CA with Steve Ryfle
02/08 – Ishiro Honda presentation, book signing, and author Q&A at Japan America Society of Chicago with Ed Godziszewski

Don’t forget to check out the Ishiro Honda linkage below:
Ishiro Honda: A Life In Film, From Godzilla to Kurosawa on Weyland Press
Official English language Ishiro Honda website
– Ishiro Honda: A Life In Film, From Godzilla to Kurosawa on Facebook

MOTHRA-MAZING MUSIC:
1. Main Title by Yuji Koseki from Mothra (1961)
2. In the Rain by Sadao Bekku from Matango (1963)

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION REMINDER:
Don’t forget to send in your homework (aka your thoughts, questions and reviews) for this month’s discussion film, Reptilicus (1961) before December 21st to be included in the episode!

 

11.28.2017: Ultra Q The Movie Daikaiju Discussion

Rachel, Kyle, Clancy, Gretchen & Dave try to make heads, tails or claws of Ultra Q The Movie.

This episode takes a look at a film that has yet to be subtitled neither by official nor fan-run sources — and that’s too bad, as I was mistakenly under the impression that we’d be able to grok what was happening on the screen. How wrong I was!

We’re trying our best to cover the obscure, and hardly covered by the fans, ULTRA Q THE MOVIE: LEGEND OF THE STARS (1990). Thanks to listener Mike Keller for sharing an article on the film from Bob Johnson via Markalite Magazine (issue #2). Because of this article we were able to piece together some more details, although that ending… still not exactly sure what to think about the meaning of that.

Watching this movie was confusing, to say the least.

MELODIC YET MONSTROUS MUSIC:
1. 172 Targeted Star ~ Space Command M-11 by Kuniyo Miyauchi from Ultra Q (1966)
2. Ultra Q Theme by Ukulele Cafe Quartet from Ukulele Ultraman (2006)
3. Ultra Q The Movie trailer (1990)
4. Recollections by Sasaki Rico from Kaiju Club (2017)

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Godzilla Monster Planet Review on SlashFilm [spoiler alert]
Polygon Pictures reveals Sequel Opponent [spoiler alert]
SciFi Japan Showcases Godzilla Monster Planet production stills
TV Asahi Hosts Godzilla General Election Variety Program
Criterion/Janus Films acquires Godzilla films
Tsuburaya Wins US Court Case in Copyright Battle
Godzilla x SuperGroupies Fashion Collaboration

CATASTROPHIC EVENTS:
12/7 – 12/10 COMIC CON EXPERIENCE in San Paolo, Brazil w/ Bin Furuya (Ultraman) & Ken Ohba (Space Sheriff Gavan)
11/10 – 01/08 GODZILLA SHOW SPACE in Tokyo, Japan

DECEMBER DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION:
Since we aren’t getting a look at Godzilla Monster Planet this month, I was unsure of what to do for December. Luckily, I screwed up the schedule a little and the 1960s Danish kaiju film, REPTILICUS (1961) was never properly added to the list. Thanks again to Mike Keller for pointing that out! If you’d like to send in your thoughts, questions and reviews (aka your homework) for this film, please do so before December 23rd to be included in our discussion episode.

 

11.03.2017: Celebrating Godzilla’s Birthday

The Kaijucast celebrates Godzilla’s 63rd birthday along with Japan!

It’s Godzilla’s birthday today, guys! As such, I thought it would be fun to talk about how Japan is celebrating, something that’s relatively new to the country (seriously!) and something we can obviously get behind.

A physical and “permanent” Godzilla shop just opened in Tokyo (Shinjuku, specifically and it opened on Oct 30th!), which is an incredible opportunity for anyone in or visiting Japan. The country also celebrated Godzilla’s 63rd birthday with a super cool sounding festival. If you’re interested in seeing photos of the festival, here’s a link to the “Godzilla’s birthday” hashtag results on twitter – fun stuff for sure!

MUSICAL INTERLUDES:
1. Godzilla Theme “Epic Rock” Cover by Little V (2014)
2. Godzilla King of the Monsters US Trailer (1956)
3. Lizard King by Groovie Ghoulies from Monster Club (2003)
4. Monster Man by Devo from Something For Everybody (2010)
5. Ogata quote from Godzilla King of the Monsters (1956)
6. Godzilla by Talizman from The Song Of Small Planet (1980)
7. Main Title from King Kong vs. Godzilla performed by Bukimisha Weird Secret Society from Goukai Na Gojira (2000)

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION REMINDER:
Don’t forget that the next movie we’ll be talking about is Ultra Q The Movie: Legend From The Stars and we’ll be watching an untranslated copy on Youtube since it’s never been available stateside. Make sure to have your homework turned in before November 24th to be part of the discussion episode!

10.31.2017: Deep Sea Monster Raiga Daikaiju Discussion

The Deep-Sea Monster Raiga sits down to discuss his film with Gretchen and Kyle.

This month, Gretchen and I are discussing an independent kaiju comedy called Deep Sea Monster Raiga (2009) by Rakugo performer and general awesome dude, Shinpei Hayashiya. There’s so little available on this film (at least in English) that I asked a special guest to join me for part of the episode. Who better to turn than the man behind the independent documentary on independent kaiju films than Mark Jaramillo?

MONSTROUS MUSIC:
1. Monster Game by Daiichiro Sakaguchi & Takemi Watanabe from Godzilla’s Songbook (1971)
2. Godzilla by Michael Graves from Punk Rock Is Dead (2005)
3. RAIGA, The Monster from the Deep Teaser (2009)
4. RAIGA by the Edo Sisters
5. Deep Sea Monster Raiga vs Lava Beast Ohga Teaser (2016)

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION:
Ok, this has been a long time coming, but we are going to finally be watching Ultra Q The Movie: Legend From The Stars. This is a film that I’ve wanted to watch for quite some time but a subtitled copy has never made it’s way into my hands. Yep, that means we’re going to try and cobble together what’s happening in this rarely seen Tsuburaya flick by using our brains and deductive reasoning. I’m almost positive that no one else in the HQ has seen this one, including me, so I’m as I said in the episode, I can’t wait to see what this movie is going to be like.

Again, there’s no English subtitled version (or dubbed for that matter) that I could find, so we’ll be watching it on Youtube ( <- that’s the link). If you’d like to have your homework turned in for this entry, make sure to send in your thoughts, questions and reviews for the discussion episode before November 24th. Thanks! 

 

 

10.17.2017: Yuji & Michi Nishimura from M1 Toys

Woah – I didn’t realize that October had gotten away from me so much. I’ve been so focused on watching horror movies and the inktober challenge this month that I kind of spaced putting together an episode for the first half of the month. Well hopefully the content makes up for the tardiness!

This episode is a laid back chat with my Japanese friends Yuji and Michi Nishimura. If you’re unfamiliar with M Ichigo toys (aka M1), Yuji is the man behind the company. The toys produced by M1 are beautiful and I am very happy to have a small assortment of them in my collection. Yuji makes all of the calls for his company – and if that wasn’t enough of a reason to interview him, he’s also like a rock star of a collector too.

The entirety of his collection is mind-boggling, but we won’t be focusing on the toys so much in this episode — although another in the future is almost certainly in order. No, what we focus on in this interview is more about what he’s doing with his collection, how he’s assisting a company called Kodansha and his involvement with the current traveling exhibit in Japan called the Tokusatsu DNA Exhibition. No kidding, if you are going to be anywhere in Japan while this exhibit is on display, make sure you make your way to whatever museum is serving up this awesomeness!

Now, a quick word about the audio of this episode… first, please pardon the length. I used to apologize for long episodes, but this one is definitely on the shorter side of an hour. Also, a word on audio quality – since this was recorded in the dealers’ room at G-Fest XXIV, there’s a LOT of noise and it was difficult to clean up, and someone made a lengthy announcement that I had to cut out (Nunes!!!), so there will be times where it will be difficult to hear us, but I hope you enjoy it!

TUNES FOR THE SHORTER TIMES:
1. Mahara Mosura by Yuji Koseki from Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
2. Southern Island Tale segment by Hachiro Matsui from King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
3. Go, Go Godzilla by the Blue Oyster Cult from Spectre (1977)

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
M1 Ichigo’s official website
Kodansha Box Sets
Tokusatsu DNA Exhibit — on display in Kyushuu’s Saga prefecture until November 5th!

 

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