Dave, Rachel, Kyle and Bryan take a Fantastic Voyage inside this month’s discussion film, Gamera vs. Jiger!
For this episode, I was joined by Bryan, Rachel and Dave and we are talking about the 1970 Daiei film, Gamera vs. Jiger. All in all, we kind of liked this film that almost seemed to have every aspect of the Showa Gamera series… except aliens. There were none to be found (outside the stock footage). Big thanks to everyone who sent in their homework – it was a lot of fun to read your reactions and reviews of this unique landmark on the kaiju landscape. One of the best parts about watching these old Gamera films is to really see the effort that was put into the productions, despite the decline in ticket sales and budgets.
We cover a handful of news topics towards the end of the show, so make sure you check out the links below if any of those are any interest to you. We also covered some events that are bringing kaiju related guests. And if that wasn’t enough, here are our musical selections for this episode…
MONSTER MUSIC MADNESS:
1. Godzilla Forever! Akira Ifukube Showa Godzilla Medley of Glory (arrangement Hideo Saito) from Godzilla Singles (1985)
2. The Matango Woman by Sadao Bekko from Matango (1963)
3. Operation Rescue Gamera by Shunsuke Kikuchi from Gamera vs. Jiger (1970)
4. Zone Fighter March by Masato Shimon from Zone Fighter (1973)
5. Planet X by Atom Troy from Dance Godzilla (1996)
03/27 – 03/29 Monsterpalooza in Burbank, CA w/Sonny Chiba
04/03 – 04/05 Anime Boston in Boston, MA w/Haruo Nakajima & Akira Takarada
05/29 – 05/30 FanExpo Dallas w/Haruo Nakajima, Kenpachiro Satsuma & Tom Kitagawa
07/10 – 07/12 G-Fest w/Masaaki Tezuka, August Ragone & Robert Scott Field
07/31 Monster Mania Con w/Haruo Nakajima, Kenpachiro Satsuma, Tsutomu Kitagawa & Bin Furuya
NEW CONTEST! Keep an eye out for our new Godzilla Haiku contest – we’ve got some rad prizes to give away!
DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION: Blame Dave, people. It’s 100% his fault for choosing (at random?) our next film in the discussion list. We are grabbing something very recent for the next film. If you listen to the episode, you’ll hear the trepidation in my voice when we make the change during the show. Our next film on the chopping block is #^%&ing Death Kappa from 2010. Yes, the film that dashed my monster hopes against the jagged rocks of budgetary restraint. This film is available for cheap from Amazon if you really want to buy a physical copy. You can also stream it (not for free) from Amazon and a few other services. If you want to brave the waters and join us for our Death Kappa daikaiju discussion, make sure to have your thoughts, questions (not like I’ll be able to answer them) and reviews turned in before April 23rd.
The World War Kaiju Team talk with Kyle about creating their independent Kaiju graphic novel and their plans for future world domination!
This episode features an interview with Josh Finney, Patrick McEvoy and Kat Rocha. The team behind World War Kaiju, a fantastic independently produced graphic novel that was successfully funded through Kickstarter last year. The book is a revisionist historical tale that explores what would have happened in World War II if the US hadn’t dropped an H-bomb on Japan, but had unleashed a kaiju instead. It really is a fantastic read with a lot of charming nods to the tokusatsu films we know and love! We talked about how the team met and started working together, the creation of this graphic novel and their upcoming plans for continuing the story.
I really hope the listeners have an opportunity to check out this book! Make sure to check out the links in the show notes for their newest Kickstarter campaign too! Additionally, there were a number of news stories to cover in this episode, so make sure to visit those links below.
MARCH OF THE MONSTER MUSIC:
1. Daikaiju Varan Suite by Makoto Inoue from Godzilla Legend II: Voyage To Dream Quest (1991)
2. World War Kaiju Preview (2014)
3. The King of the Monsters by Daisuke Yano from Godzilla Final Wars (2004)
4. The Beginning of the End by Nobuhiko Morino from Godzilla Final Wars (2004)
5. Godzilla performed by Fu Manchu from Eatin’ Dust (1999)
DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION REMINDER:
Don’t forget that our March Daikaiju Discussion film is 1970’s Gamera vs. Jiger and we need to have your homework by March 19th to include your thoughts, questions and reviews in the next episode!
ROCK THE VOTE: Last night, my cohost Jeff alerted me to the fact that the Kaijucast has been nominated for a Rondo Hatton Award for “BEST MULTIMEDIA (PODCAST OR STREAMING) OF 2014.” Thanks to those who sent in the nom! But before you go vote, keep in mind that there are a myriad of Godzilla-related nominees that need your vote.
Below is a copy/paste version of the nominees with a focus on the giant Japanese monsters. Note: There are a few categories that have multiple kaiju-related nominees.
1. BEST MOVIE OF 2014 – GODZILLA
4. BEST DVD/BLU-RAY COLLECTION – THE GAMERA COLLECTION (Mill Creek). All 11 movies, including the three modern films.
9. BEST INDEPENDENT FILM – GODZILLA BATTLE ROYALE, directed by Billy Dubose. A 90-minute fan film of homemade kaiju thrills
11. BEST BOOK OF 2014 – THE ART OF JAPANESE MONSTERS, by Sean Linkenback (softcover, 208 pages, $39.99). Posters and ads from more than 60 films.
12. BEST MAGAZINE OF 2014 – Famous Monsters of Filmland — G-Fan — Monster Attack Team
13. BEST ARTICLE (Please select two; one will win) – ‘The Complete Godzilla Chronology,1954-2004,’ by August Ragone. FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND #274. Every stomp, every era, every film assessed by a master Tohologist. — ‘Nuclear Dragon: Godzilla & the Cold War – 1954,’ by Allen A. Debus, G-FAN #105. The real-life incident, initially covered up, that inspired the first Godzilla film.
14. BEST INTERVIEW (Award goes to interviewer) – Brett Homenick, interview with Linda Miller, star of King Kong Escapes. G-FAN #106.
15. BEST ALL-AROUND ISSUE – G-FAN #106. G-fans speak out on the new Godzilla.
17. BEST COVER – G-FAN #107 by Scott Zambelli
19. BEST BLOG OR ONLINE COLUMN OF 2014 – The Good, the Bad and the Godzilla August Ragone’s G-blog is wise among giant monsters. — SciFi Japan The home of Monster Zero News
20. BEST CONVENTION OF 2014 (write-ins encouraged) – G-Fest (Chicago)
21. BEST FAN EVENT – GODZILLA IN YOKOSUKA: Godzilla actor Haruo Nakajima appears at Armed Forces Day attended by Americans and Japanese. — IFUBUKE 100 concert at G-Fest features suite of Godzilla music by 52-piece orchestra. — WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS CAST REUNION: Russ Tamblyn, Haruo Nakajima, and others with translator/host Jim Cirronella at Monsterpalooza.
23. BEST MULTIMEDIA (PODCAST OR STREAMING) OF 2014 – KAIJUCAST More than 100 episodes, many live from conventions. — MONSTER KID RADIO. Interviews, reviews, monsters.
25. BEST MUSIC CD – GODZILLA SOUNDTRACK (Death Waltz). Reissue of Akira Ifukube’s monster marches.
26. BEST TOY, MODEL OR COLLECTIBLE – War of the Gargantuas (X-Plus) — 40-inch 2014 Godzilla (Jakks)
Finding other kaiju fans isn’t easy where I live. The Kaijucast is the best connection to the kaiju fan community there is. It gives me the chance to talk about kaiju movies with other kaiju fans that I would never get in the real world. — Andrew Campbell