04.19.2017: Mizuho Yoshida’s Counterattack

Suit actor Mizuho Yoshida testing the suit profile from Godzilla · Mothra · King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001).

He’s the biggest of the big and the baddest of all Kings, we are welcoming Mizuho Yoshida back to the Kaijucast with an interview recorded at Monsterpalooza earlier this month. Coincidentally, I posted a short interview with this monster man (recorded in the spring of 2016) earlier this year. It is always an amazing experience speaking with a Godzilla suit actor and Yoshida-san is absolutely not an exception. We hope to have him return in the future as well!

MOMENTS OF MONSTER MUSIC:
1. Starting a War by Yoko Ueno from Gamera the Brave (2006)
2. The Forgotten Horror by Ko Otani from Godzilla · Mothra · King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Come see COLOSSAL with the Kaijucast in Portland
The new MST3k is now streaming on Netflix – watch it, please!
Don’t forget to check out our prior conversation with Yoshida

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION REMINDER:
This month we are watching Demeking (2009) and I really don’t know what to expect. This film was released during the kaiju vacuum of the 2009 era. We’ll be watching it on Youtube for the discussion since I never bought this film on any kind of home media.

03.31.2017: Kong Skull Island Daikaiju Discussion

Yuji Kaida’s amazing poster for KONG: SKULL ISLAND!

This month’s Daikaiju Discussion is all about a really big ape and the island on which he rules — that’s right, we are talking about Kong: Skull Island (2017) on this episode. It’s always a bit thrilling when we have a brand new movie to talk about, so spoilers ahead, people!

MASSIVE MONKEY MUSIC:
1. Opening Titles by Akira Ifukube from King Kong Escapes (1967)
2. Giant Octopus Vs. King Kong by Akira Ifukube from King Kong vs Godzilla (1962)
3. Kong Skull Island Japanese Trailer (2017)
4. Intro from the King Kong Show (1966)
5. Main Title from King Kong vs. Godzilla performed by the Bukimisha Weird Secret Society (2000)

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Hey Jeff, Cannibal Holocaust Reference was absolutely intended!
Interview with Kong Skull Island visual-effects supervisor Jeff White
Toho Kingdom Interview from Hawaii
Massive Fire before Vietnamese Kong Premiere
Better video of said fire
Wired Promo on Kong: Skull Island’s CG Toolsets
Promotion from Japan for Kong Skull Island with Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson & Samuel L Jackson
Kong: Skull Island Promotion with Footprints in LA!

SUGGESTED KAIJU VIEWING:
Godzilla Anime / Godzilla Monster Planet News!
– Slashfilm’s coverage
The Good The Bad and The Godzilla coverage
Synopsis for Godzilla: Monster Planet
Details about Netflix
Promo video from Polygon Pictures
– Godzilla Anime placeholder on Netflix!
New cast announcements for Godzilla King of the Monsters (2018/19)
Legendary Pictures’ Monsterverse Writer’s Room
Shin Godzilla takes home awards from the 40th Japan Academy Film Prize
Shin Godzilla takes top two spots on Blu Ray charts
Colossal opens April 7th with a limited run
It’s a MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 TRAILER!!
MST3K on Netflix
New Power Rangers movie apparently isn’t terrible!

CATASTROPHIC EVENTS:
4/7 – 4/9 MONSTERPALOOZA in Pasadena, CA w/ Mizuo Yoshida & Keita Amemiya
– 4/7 @ 9pm Kaijucast Listener Party at Monsterpalooza!
4/21 – 4/23 CHILLER THEATRE in Parsipanny, NJ w/Megumi Odaka & Shinji Nishikawa
5/19 – 5/21 MAD MONSTER PARTY ARIZONA in Scottsdale, AZ with Haruo Nakajima & Bin Furuya
5/26 – 28 FAMOUS MONSTERS CONVENTION in Dallas, TX with Shinju Higuchi & Keith Sakurai cinematographer
6/30 – 7/2 DAYS OF THE DEAD in Indianapolis, IN with Haruo Nakajima
7/14 – 7/16 G-FEST XXIV in Rosemont, IL w/ composer Michiru Oshima, artist Yuiji Kaida, director Shinji Higuchi & suit actor Ryuki Kitaoka
8/26 – 8/27 JAPAN WORLD HEROES in Pasadena, CA w/ Bin Furuya & Noburo Kaneko (lead from Gaoranger & Tokyo SOS)
10/20 – 10/22 GRAND RAPIDS COMIC CON w/ Haruo Nakajima & Tsutomu Kitagawa

*HELP SUPPORT BIOMAN ACTOR RYOSUKE SAKAMOTO – click here for more information!

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION:
April’s movie is the not-as-well-known, possibly independent kaiju film from 2009, Demeking. This was released on DVD back when it came out, thanks to Cinema Epoch. Unfortunately, I never purchased that DVD, so we’re going to watch it online — I think via Youtube, so I have to figure that out. I would NOT suggest buying the DVD since it can be really expensive, thanks to the third party marketplace. Make sure to turn in your homework before April 22nd to have your thoughts included in the discussion episode!

 

03.10.2017: Monsters & Dames

Rachel, Gretchen and Kyle take a deeper look at the role women have played in the kaiju genre.

For this episode we are diving into the history of the kaiju genre and its relationship with women – from characters to actors, we tackle a few topics that some people might consider to be a sensitive subject but that we feel should be a point of discussion amongst lovers of these films. I was lucky enough to have two kaiju fans of the female persuasion, Rachel Cook & Gretchen Brooks, hang out with me to talk with me about that relationship.

Special thanks to Ayame Chiba for sending in her thoughts about women in the Heisei Gamera trilogy!

MONSTER MUSIC:
1. Mothra’s Song by Yuji Koseki from Mothra (1961)
2. Save the Earth by Adryan Russ & Riichiro Manabe from Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster (1971)
3. Akane’s Theme II by Michiru Oshima from Godzilla X Mechagodzilla (2002)

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Check out Gretchen on the Northwest Horror Podcast talking about Women in Horror Month
Rie Ota as Baragon in GMK

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION REMINDER:
Legendary Pictures’ newest monster epic, Kong Skull Island (2017) has just opened nationwide. This new film is the focus for this month’s Daikaiju Discussion. If you want to submit your thoughts, questions and reviews for this new Kong entry, make sure to submit your homework before Thursday, March 23rd to be incorporated into the episode.

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