01.09.2018: Becoming Ultraman with Bin Furuya

Kyle sits down with the Man of Ultra! Veteran tokusatsu actor Bin Furuya talks about his career and being one of Japan’s biggest unseen pop-culture icons, the original Ultraman.

This episode is ULTRA awesome because we have the actor who played the original Ultraman on the podcast to talk about his acting career. Satoshi “Bin” Furuya not only played the original hero from a distant planet land in Ultraman (1966), he played both Ragon and Kemur-seijin in Ultra Q (1966), the Ultra Garrison’s Amagi in Ultraseven (1967) and a number of smaller roles in Toho’s tokusatsu films!

Thinking about the first time I was able to meet Furuya-san, it’s kind of crazy to imagine seeing this man so many times in the United States. I believe my first sighting was at G-Fest in 2012, then again at Monsterpalooza in 2013, San Francisco’s Fear FestEvil and Big Wow Comic Fest in San Jose, both in 2014 — the point is that I’ve seen a lot of this living legend and now I’m ecstatic that I was able to spend so much time learning about his life during his appearance at Japan World Heroes last year. I hope you enjoy it as well!

1. Theme Song by Kuniyo Miyauchi from Ultraman (1966)
2. Ultraman’s Theme by Kuniyo Miyauchi from Ultraman (1966)

Katakutai Band’s Ultraman No Uta Music Video with Bin Furuya

Our Daikaiju Re-Discussion will take another look at one of my favorite films, Godzilla vs. Gigan from 1972! If you’d like to take this opportunity to get your homework turned in for the film, please make sure you send that in before January 25th to have your thoughts, questions and reviews for the discussion episode.

New Year’s Resolution? More Videos!

This one is for any subscribers on the Kaijucast Youtube channel!

Time to dive back into it. I know it’s been over two years since I last published anything on Youtube, but I’ve been slowly making my way back onto the platform and mapping out my goals for creating and sketching out ideas for future videos!

For anyone who wants to know what youtubers I was referring to, check out:
Simon and Martina
Internationally ME
Abroad in Japan
Sharla in Japan
Rachel and Jun

Why, yes – you should subscribe now to get all of those upcoming videos in your feed!

12.26.2017: Reptilicus Daikaiju Discussion

Mart, Kyle, Gretchen and Rachel cover Reptilicus (1961), the final movie in the Daikaiju Discussion list (version 1, that is)!

And another year closes with the discussing of a movie, but that’s not all this episode represents – ladies and gentlemen, we have now covered all NINETY films from the daikaiju discussion list. Episode 222 (that’s this one) marks the end of an eight-year project… kind of hard to believe, but things aren’t over for our movie watching and talking. Are you all ready for the next round of homework assignments? See below!

This month, we watched Reptilicus (1961), a Danish/American giant monster on the loose co-production. Trying to see past the flaws was difficult at times, but I think we overall loved this “so bad it’s good” movie. In fact, you might say we loved its repdiculousness!


I’ll see myself out.

1. Every Country Has a Monster from Mystery Science Theater 3000’s Reptilicus (2017)
2. Reptilicus US Trailer Audio (1963)
3. Godzilla Christmas by The Towels (2001)

Reptilicus Flies! Two deleted scenes: (1) (2)
Congrats to Daisuke Sato and Keizo Murase on their campaign’s funding!

Is it true?? Is the discussion over????? Well… Yes and no.

We started this segment so early in the podcast’s life the a lot of listeners have missed out on a lot of the films that we’ve covered. Therefore, during most of 2018, we will be revisiting some of the classics that we’ve already covered. These will be entirely new discussions, so you can still send in your homework (aka your thoughts, questions and reviews). The schedule has been given an addendum. So “yes”, because we made it to the end of the list of 90 titles, but also “no” because we’re doing sort of a “listeners’ choice” / best of kind of project.

We’ll be kicking things off with 1972’s Godzilla vs. Gigan. Originally, we covered this movie back in March of 2010, but instead of listening to that very old episode, might I suggest you check out our commentary on the film recorded in 2014. 😉

We’ll be watching the Kraken BluRay release for this viewing – and most likely the Japanese version. If you’d like to send in your brief thoughts, questions or reviews, make sure to do so before January 25th to have your homework included in the discussion. I don’t know about you, but I am very much looking forward to getting back to some actual Godzilla films this year!

12.16.2017: Matt Frank & the Blind Kaiju Kickstarter

Matt Frank, pictured with Keizo Murase (right), joins Kyle to talk about his recent visit to Tokyo and a crowdfunded kaiju suit.

In addition to being a kaiju artist, Matt Frank has been a frequent guest and friend of the Kaijucast. Recently his trip to Japan coincided with some pretty amazing things, including a visit with a show-era veteran kaiju suitmaker, Keizo Murase and a modern tokusatsu director, Daisuke Sato. Murase and Sato shared the details of a crowdfunding campaign that is online and running right now. And while the details in English have been slow to emerge, Matt and I decided that the best way to spread the word about this campaign with as many kaiju fans as possible was to work it into an episode of the Kaijucast.

Neither of us has any stake in the campaign, or connection with the creators, but we both really want to see this project come to fruition – and would hope that you feel the same. This campaign is to create the suit for Nebula, a kaiju in an independently produced film titled Howl From Beyond the Fog. Clearly the kaiju design is really very cool – and seeing Murase demonstrate via the puppet how the actor would crawl and still look realistic really hit home for me. If you love kaiju films, tokusatsu or even just practical special effects, please help this project come to life!

Big thanks to Matt for joining me and I really hope that we can welcome Murase-san here on the podcast with a congratulatory message in the future – make sure to visi t the links below!

Keizo Murase is Back! Monster suit production campaign! w/English subtitled Video
Backer Rewards translated into English
Monster Maker Keizo Murase Treasured Kaiju Photobook via August Ragone’s blog

1. Baradagi, God Of The Mountains by Akira Ifukube from Daikaiju Varan (1958)
2. King Ghidorah Attacks Fukuoka by Akira Ifukube from Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)


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

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

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!