10.15.2019: Godzilla Millennium Director Masaaki Tezuka

Godzilla director Masaaki Tezuka joins Kyle for a chat about his career in kaiju cinema (originally recorded at G-Fest 2015).

Since the podcast is ending this year, I figured I should probably dig into the archives and find any unearthed gems. This is one of those gems – and it’s a bit shorter than I would have liked so I guess this is before we really had a lot of kaiju clout! 😛

Waaaaaaay back in 2015, I was lucky to interview some of the guests at G-Fest 22 and one of those guests was the director of three Millennium series films, Masaaki Tezuka. Tezuka directed Godzilla X Megaguirus (2000), Godzilla X Mechagodzilla (2002), Godzilla X Mothra X Mechagodzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003), some seriously great entries in the franchise’s legacy.  

I’m a massive fan of his movies, and impressed that in an era where each film was supposed to have its own direction, continuity and director, Tezuka was able to come back to the series twice! 

I would love to see him return to the Godzilla series some day. Come on, Toho – Bring back this fan turned director!

1. Fateful Confrontation by Michiru Oshima from Godzilla x Megaguirus (2000)
2. 20 Returning To The Sea by Michiru Oshima from Godzilla x Mothra x Mechagodzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003)

TerrorDave’s Recap of the G-Fest Tezuka panel from 2015

Massive thanks to Jim Figurski and his wife Akiko for their life saving interpretation skills!