08.19.2019: Kaiju-sized News Roundup

Kyle and Gretchen cover the latest kaiju news in episode 270 of the Kaijucast!

We cannot ignore the importance of this episode’s news – and if you haven’t heard about it, get in here and listen! Just a heads up, this episode is really nothing but news. Gretchen and Kyle chat about the slew of kaiju-related articles and announcements that have broken headlines and brains over the past month – please make sure to check out the links below! 

MUSICAL MONSTER MOMENT:
1. Godzula by MOD from Gross Misconduct (1989) 

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Shin Ultraman
details via Variety / via Polygon / via Skreeonk.com / via SlashFilm / via ComicBook.com
Ultraman via Mill Creek Entertainment Announcement on Scifi Japan
Ultra Q and Ultraman on Mill Creek Entertainment’s website
10-Minute Previews of Ultraman via Moviespree.com
…also did you catch our Ultra Q and Ultraman episodes?
Godzilla The Showa Era (1954-1975) is getting released on Blu Ray via Criterion
+ Scifi Japan’s Criterion set announcement
SDCC News: Toho’s first ever Official SDCC Booth 
SDCC News: Toho launches official English language Twitter & Instagram 
SDCC News: Famous Monsters of Filmland to distribute X-Plus figures in the USA
Godzilla Channel (official) on Youtube
+ Goji-ban show (episode 1)
CNET Article on Godzillaban by Bonnie Burton
REIGO and RAIGA preorders available from SRS Cinema

CATASTROPHIC EVENT:
8/22 – 8/22 GODZILLA FEST in San Francisco, CA (make sure to listen to episode #268 with Bob Johnson)

…and do not forget about GODZILLATHON happening at the Hollywood Theatre! The titles being shown are DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (1968), GODZILLA ON MONSTER ISLAND (1972 – aka Godzilla vs Gigan)
8/30 – 9/1 GODZILLATHON at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, OR

Godzilla vs Portland courtesy of the Hollywood Theatre (poster art by Nate Ashley)

 

GODZILLATHON at Portland’s own Hollywood Theater this month!

Godzilla vs Portland courtesy of the Hollywood Theatre (poster art by Nate Ashley)

Holy smokes, you guys – this is gonna be awesome!! One of my favorite theaters in the Portland area, The Hollywood Theater, is bringing classic Godzilla films back to the big screen at the end of this month! 

Below is the information shared via HollywoodTheatre.org


 

GODZILLATHON STOMPS ITS WAY INTO THE HOLLYWOOD THEATRE!

Four films from the Showa period crash into the Hollywood! An entire weekend of extremely rare 35mm prints of classic Kaiju! Mighty monsters in gargantuan duels on our 50 foot screen!

All four films are dubbed in English.

Poster prints of the GODZILLATHON artwork (by Nate Ashley) will be on sale in the lobby at each screening.

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Destroy All Monsters

Sunday, September 1, 2:00 pm
Friday, August 30, 7:00 pm

Part of the GODZILLATHON monster movie weekend!

(1968) Aliens have released all of the giant monsters (including Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra) from their imprisonment in Monsterland and are using them to destroy major cities. It is up to the daring crew of the super rocket ship X-2 to infiltrate the alien headquarters before the monsters and the alien King Ghidorah annihilate the planet. Directed b…

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Godzilla Vs. Megalon

Saturday, August 31, 2:00 pm

Part of the GODZILLATHON monster movie weekend!

(1973) Nuclear testing causes destruction on the undersea kingdom of Seatopia. To exact revenge, Seatopia unleashes Megalon, a gigantic beetle with the ability to fire napalm bombs. Mankind responds by building a flying robot named Jet Jaguar, who teams up with Godzilla to fight back!

Dubbed in English. Guest passes accepted.

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Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla

Saturday, August 31, 7:00 pm

Part of the GODZILLATHON monster movie weekend!

(1974) Aliens intend to take over the planet and have built a gigantic, evil robot, Mechagodzilla, to assist them. Earth summons the legendary leonine monster King Caesar to help Godzilla in the gargantuan battle to save the planet!

Dubbed in English. Guest passes accepted.

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Godzilla On Monster Island

Sunday, September 1, 7:00 pm

AKA GODZILLA VS. GIGAN–Part of the GODZILLATHON monster movie weekend!

(1972) Aliens plan to conquer the world (again), this time using the space monsters Gigan and King Ghidorah, which they control from their secret headquarters at a theme park. The only thing that can stop them is the combined efforts of Godzilla and Anguirus.

Dubbed in English. Guest passes accepted.

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08.13.2019: Kaiju Modeler & Sculptor Takuji Yamada from G-Fest 26

Kyle interviews diorama expert Takuji Yamada with Stan Hyde from G-Fest 26!

We did it, guys! This is the last podcast recording I brought back with me from G-Fest 26 last month, and I’m thrilled to share this interview with master sculptor and diorama builder, Takuji Yamada. Yamada’s skill is incredible, please make sure to check out the links below to his book and museum and more! You will also hear the voice of modeler, G-Fest staffer and friend of the podcast, Stan Hyde.

Mega thanks to the staff at G-Fest for allowing me the amazing opportunity to chat with these amazing guests!

MOMENTOUS MUSIC:
1. Gamera’s Sudden Attack by Ko Otani from Gamera Guardian of the Universe (1995)
2. Embodiment of Slavery to Money by Kuniyo Miyauchi from the Kanagon’s Cocoon from Ultra Q (1966) 

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Takuji Yamada’s Diorama Works (via Amazon)
Takuji Yamada’s Diorama Works Volume 2
Hamamatsu Diorama Factory
A great gallery of images from Yamada’s body of work

Blam – we’ll be back with a NEWS episode really soon (we’ve already recorded it!)

08.07.2019: Godzilla Fest in San Francisco with Bob Johnson

Bay Area Film Events’ Bob Johnson joins Kyle to chat about Godzilla Fest later this month!

Hey guys, its a mini-episode about a cool event happening down in San Francisco later this month, it’s Godzilla Fest! I’m joined by SciFi Japan editor and Bay Area Film Events‘ head honcho Bob Johnson to talk about this 3 day festival of movies playing at the historic Balboa Theater in the heart of San Francisco. 

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Godzilla Fest Tickets & Schedule
Godzilla Fest on Facebook
Bay Area Film Events on FB
Planet 8 Podcast’s KOTM review with a bonus Mike Dougherty interview

 

GODZILLA FEST FILMS:
Here’s the film schedule for those going!

Note: Matinees Overdubbed, Evening Screenings Subtitled

Friday August 23:
Theater 1:
7pm: FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD (90 min) subtitled
9pm: WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS (88 min) subtitled

Theater 2:
7pm: MONSTER ZERO (94 min) dubbed
9pm: WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS (88 min) dubbed

Saturday August 24:
Theater 1:
Noon: GODZILLA VS MEGALON (81 min)
2pm: GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA (84 min)
4:30pm: TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (83 mins)
7pm: GODZILLA KING OF ALL MONSTERS (2019) (132 mins)
9:30pm: DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (89 mins)

Theater 2:
12:30pm: SON OF GODZILLA (86 mins)
2:30pm: RODAN (82 mins)
4:45pm: WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS (88 mins)
7:15pm: MOTHRA VS GODZILLA (1964) (89 mins)
9:30pm: MONSTER ZERO (94 mins)

Sunday August 25:
Theater 1:
11am: GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA (81 mins)
1pm: TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (83 mins)
3:15pm: FRANKENSTEIN VS BARAGON (90 mins)
5:30pm: MOTHRA VS GODZILLA (1964) (89 mins)
7:45pm: GHIDORAH THE THREE HEADED MONSTER (93 mins)

Theater 2:
Noon: GODZILLA VS MEGALON (81 mins)
2pm: SON OF GODZILLA (86 mins)
4:15pm: RODAN (82 mins)
6:30pm: DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (89 mins)

07.31.2019: Shusuke Kaneko Panel from G-Fest 26

Heisei Gamera and GMK director, Shusuke Kaneko shares the development process behind his kaiju films.

Looks like it’s time to add a THIRD panel recording from G-Fest 26 – this time with the director of the Heisei Gamera trilogy (1995 – 1999) and Godzilla · Mothra · King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001), the one and only Shusuke Kaneko.

In preparation for the panel, I wrote down a jillion questions for the director, but was quite happy when he showed up with his own stories to tell from filming with “the big Gs”. It was really great to be able to chat with him a little, but hopefully I can ask more questions in a future interview – until then those will just live in a note on my phone…

But enough about me, let’s get you guys prepped for the panel. This was recorded in the room, not from the board, so the sound isn’t awesome (think of it like you’re in the room too). Hope you enjoy hearing directly from the man who helped elevate kaiju eiga in the late 1990s. Please sit back and enjoy the monster tales from Shusuke Kaneko’s giant monster movies!

MODICUM OF MUSIC:
1. The Descent Of Iris by Ko Otani from Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999)
2. The Forgotten Horror by Ko Otani from Godzilla · Mothra · King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)

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