08.10.2018: Showa-era Kaiju suit-maker Keizo Murase at G-Fest 25

Join us for a special interview with kaiju Keizo Murase from G-Fest 25!

I am thrilled to bring you this interview with Keizo Murase, a kaiju suit-maker from the showa era and beyond. I originally met Murase in 2016 when he was a guest at Monsterpalooza. I did a poor job of coordinating interview options and ended up not sitting down with him at all during that trip. Let me tell you, that was a huge regret for about two years!

Thankfully, the crew from the annual Godzilla convention, G-FEST, heard my kaiju prayers and brought this living legend to the show. Let me share with you just a portion of Keizo Murase’s monster roster: Daikaiju Varan (1958), Mothra (1961), King Kong vs Godzilla (1962), Gorath (1962), Matango (1963), Dogora (1964), Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster (1964), Frankenstein vs. Baragon (1965), Gamera (1965), Daimajin (1966), Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975), Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) and Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) — the point is that this man’s career is vast! And because of that, we could only cover a small amount of it in this interview. Let’s all cross our claws that the Kaijucast has an opportunity to welcome Murase-san back to the podcast in the near future!

MURASE-INSPIRED MUSICAL MOMENTS:
1. Baradagi, God Of The Mountains by Akira Ifukube from Daikaiju Varan (1958)
2. Titanosaurus Attacks by Akira Ifukube from Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
I didn’t mention this in the recording, but make sure to check out the gallery of images from Murase’s prop room at the convention, featuring a number of reproductions that were made exactly as they would have been in the showa era! Thanks to David Eric Dopko for sharing his photos.

Keizo Murase Prop Room at G-Fest 25

DAIKAIJU RE-DISCUSSION REMINDER:
Don’t forget! We’re covering Godzilla vs Biollante for our Daikaiju Re-Discussion this month. If you’d like to send in your homework, please do so before August 24th to be included in the episode.

07.31.2018: Godzilla City On The Edge Of Battle Daikaiju Discussion

Gretchen and Kyle take a long hard look at the second anime film in the Polygon trilogy of Godzilla Anime films.

We’re back and discussing another brand new entry in the Godzilla series: GODZILLA CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE. Specifically, this is the second film in Godzilla’s first-ever animated trilogy. It should be an exciting time, but overall, these animated films are not delivering for the fans (at least in my observations). Just like the listeners, we are doing our best to find the goodness amongst the mediocre, but this trilogy-so-far is making doing that difficult to say the least.

If you are unfamiliar with these films, they were part of an animated deal between Toho and Netflix struck back in 2016. Once they are released theatrically in Japan, Netflix gives the films a two month break and then internationally takes care of distributing the films on their platform.

If you missed our discussion of the first Anime film (Godzilla: Monster Planet), you might want to give that a listen first. And if you haven’t seen this entry, our discussion gets pretty specific, so please acknowledge the SPOILER WARNING, peoples!

MECHA-MUSIC CITY PLAYLIST:
1. City on the Edge of Battle by Takayuki Hattori from Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle (2018)
2. Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle English Language Trailer (2018)
3. Bilusaludo’s Technology by Takayuki Hattori from Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle (2018)
4. THE SKY FALLS by XAI from Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle (2018)

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Toho’s GODZILLA CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE Press Notes
The unseen crazy silhouette of Mechagodzilla (via Tumblr)
Another article about Mechagodzilla (via Comic Book.com)
SDCC Teaser for Godzilla King of the Monsters dropped on July 21st!
Video of  Godzilla Panel from San Diego Comic Con’s Hall H (via We Live Entertainment on Youtube)
Entertainment Weekly’s chat with the cast members after the SDCC panel

CATASTROPHIC EVENTS:
August 11th – DECIMATE ALL KAIJU 2 in Houston, TX
Aug 17th & 18th – MONSTER BASH Movie Marathon & Expo in Canton, OH
Aug 25th & 26th – GODZILLA NIGHT 7 in San Francisco, CA

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION ASSIGNMENT:
Next month, we are going to be watching 1989’s Godzilla vs Biollante for our series of Re-Discussions. Orginially we talked about this film during a recording I made in Idaho at Anime Oasis back in May of 2010. That means that the discussioneers were all attendees of the convention, but this time, I’m hoping to get some of my awesome cohosts in to watch the film. If you’d like to be part of our episode, make sure you send you homework in via our handy contact form by or before Aug 24th to be included in the show.

 

 

07.22.2018: G-Fest 25 Wrap Up

The Kaijucast Listener Party at G-Fest courtesy of Mike VVeber’s 3D Camera – give it a shot …if you dare!

Clancy and I cover our time at the twenty-fifth G-Fest! It was such a great time – we both loved seeing all of the listeners and fellow kaiju fiends at this convention, but this year was very special to each of us for different reasons. Huge thanks to the staff of G-Fest for involving the Kaijucast in so many of the guest panels this year – I’ll be dishing those interviews out in short order next month!

Enjoy the episode and we really hope that you’ll make it to next year’s G-Fest and help us celebrate ten years of the podcast!

MONUMENTAL MUSICAL MOMENTS:
1. Latitude Zero US Trailer (1970)
2. Mothra by the Long Boards from Motorhythm (2008)
3. Xian Escape from Monster Zero (1965)
4. Destroy All Monsters Medley from Godzilla vs Heavy Metal (1998)

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
G-Fest Article in Chicago Tribune
Archie Waugh’s Video of Kenpachiro Satsuma teaching the next generation of Godzilla actors

06.28.2018: Wrath of Daimajin Daikaiju Re-Discussion

In this episode Rachel, Gretchen and Kyle brave the Wrath of Daimajin!

Join us for a deeper look into the final Daimajin film of 1966: Wrath of Daimajin. We originally spoke about this in episode #14 (so very long ago) and it was only our second ever Daikaiju Discussion!

For kaiju eiga (cinema) , the 1966 Daimajin trilogy is a bit of an enigma. All three films were released by Daiei, the same company that made the Showa era Gamera flicks, and are unique among other kaiju films in that they are set in the Sengoku era (Japan’s “Age of warring states”). We’re talking about the 1400s here, so there is no standard city destruction in the trilogy and the beast is bascially fighting samurai ( I know, I know… they aren’t all samurai, but I digress…). Sure, you’ll get some classic Japanese-style  architecture brought down by the titular titan, but they are far from the skyscrapers of modern kaiju films.  All three of the films are essentially revenge movies – definitely not something you’d see in the Godzilla series!

Also, do you consider Daimajin a kaiju? Or are you a little more strict and identify this vengeful god as a kaijin?

Check out how similar this doll of a 4th century Japanese warrior looks like Daimajin! (Source: MyArmoury.com)

In addition to talking specifically about this film with Rachel and Gretchen, I wanted to share as much of this film’s history as I could both with my cohosts and our fabulous listeners, so we all hope you enjoy this episode.

Only a smidge of music was played in this episode but make sure to check out the following awesomeness about Daimajin:

MAJIN’S MUSICAL MOMENTS:
1. Daimajin Goes to Hell Valley by Akira Ifukube from Wrath of Daimajin (1966)
2. Death of the Golden Sun by Akira Ifukube from Wrath of Daimajin (1966)
3. Wrath of Daimajin by Cianide from Cianide/Coffin split (2007)

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Please check out the awesome article Daiei’s Idol of Terror: DAIMAJIN, The Avenging God by Ed Godzisewski
Want to know more about Daimajin Kanon (2010)? Check out the SciFi Japan Series Guide!!
Daimajin Kanon is on Youtube & subbed (all except episode 21 for some reason)
Back in 2008 Takashi Miike was tapped for a Daimajin reboot (that never came to be)

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION:
Since we’re *guessing* that Netflix is going to add Godzilla City On The Edge of Battle to their streaming service next month, but we cannot be sure, we’re going to have a pre-requisite for our homework in July. If Netflix doesn’t add the new Godzilla Anime to their library, we’ll turn to 1989’s Godzilla vs Biollante for our homework assignment. Either way, please make sure to send in your homework before July 27th to be included in the next daikaiju discussion episode!

Your move, Netflix…. give us a date!!!

 

 

06.17.2018: Taste of G-Fest with Yuji Kaida, Kazuhiro Nakagawa & Ryuki Kitaoka

In this episode, Kyle speaks with Yuji Kaida, Kuzuhiro Nakagawa and Ryuki Kitaoka (all reacorded at last year’s G-Fest).

It’s time for an interview mulit-ball! At last year’s G-FEST, a number of podcasters and youtubers were given the opportunity to interview the convention guests in 15 minute sessions. In this episode, you’ll hear two of these interviews and a panel recording from the convention, plus I go into some details about the upcoming festival, happening July 13th-15th in Chicago, Illinois.

The first interview is with Yuji Kaida, a master painter and illustrator who has an eye for giant monsters. He’s also a big mech artist too. But for more information about this living legend, check out the links below to some of his work. And I do believe that the final image in this post is the Godzilla 1954 painting Kaida-san referred to in the interview.

Our second interview is with a younger assistant director from Japan who has been working steadily in the Japanese film business, Kazuhiro Nakagawa. He worked on both live-action Attack on Titan films and Shin Godzilla. Nakagawa also directed a recent independent kaiju film entitled Day of the Kaiju (2012)

And thirdly, join myself, Stan Hyde, Robert Scott Field and Japanese stunt actor Ryuki Kitaoka for a panel reflecting on his career as a stunt actor in Japan and in Hong Kong, and his fateful meeting with Jackie Chan. We get to hear about his work on the Ultra series and his time at Toho working on Godzilla Final Wars.

Don’t forget that if you want to submit your homework for this month’s daikaiju re-discussion film Wrath of Daimajin (1966), please do so here.

AUDIO INTERLUDES:
1. Monsterland Tour from Destroy All Monsters (1968)
2. 12 Intercept Godzilla (M16) by Akira Ifukube from Godzilla (1954)
3. 18 EM20_CH_Alterna_04 by Shiro Sagisu from Shin Godzilla (2016)
4. We Love X II (Cruising The Cirro-Stratus) by Keith Emerson from Godzilla Final Wars (2004)
5. Godzilla by The Creatures from Hái! (2003)

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Yuji Kaida Interview at SciFi Japan
Yuji Kaida’s Shin Godzilla cover of Famous Monsters #289
Yuji Kaida’s Ultra Kaiju Coloring book!
and that’s ^ what I’m talking about when I say Kaida-san is prolific!
Day of the Kaiju trailer by Kazuhiro Nakagawa
— and the entire Day of the Kaiju film

Hope you enjoy the episode!