Kyle, Rachel and Bryan execute plan 2 of item 4 schedule 5 in this discussion of Godzilla vs. Monster Zero!
This month, we are tackling my favorite kaiju film and what I consider to be a high point of the entire Godzilla series, Kaiju Daisenso aka Invasion of Astro Monster aka Monster Zero aka Godzilla vs. Monster Zero! And for those of you listeners that love a long episode, this one’s for you. Actually, I’m pretty impressed that with all of the content in this episode, we “only” have a two hour show. As much as I could have continued to wax poetic about the Xians, Nick Adams, Godzilla, Rodan and King Ghidorah – it just seemed like a good idea to cut things off at a certain time (we’ll have to save it for an upcoming commentary).
Make sure to stay tuned after the discussion; we have a great round of Pickled Ginger, a bunch of news, and of course, some music!
MONSTROUS MUSICAL MEMES:
1. Battle by Cha Cha Maru from Godzilla vs. Heavy Metal (1998)
2. Ultraman Leo Main Theme by Makoto Kawaguchi from Ultraman Leo (1974)
3. Monster Zero US Trailer Audio (1970)
4. Monster Zero by King Geedorah from Take Me To Your Leader (2003)
5. Mothra Metal by Isao Bito from Mothra Song The Best (1998)
Our next film is Toho’s Godzilla X Megaguirus from 2000. This is a movie I haven’t seen in a little while. I believe I’ll pick up the BluRay from Sony and we’ll watch that version for the episode. If you’d like to have your thoughts questions and reviews included in the discussion, make sure to have your homework turned inbefore September 22nd!
Kyle (left) speaks with the actor who played Godzilla from 1984 – 1995, Kenpachiro Satsuma (center). Special thanks to Jason Varney (right) for translating. [Photo credit: Jonathan Peter Lee]
If you’ve ever heard Whovians ask each other “Who is your doctor?”, you might understand why Kenpachiro Satsuma is my Godzilla. Godzilla 1985 was the first Godzilla film I saw and it was while I was living in Japan with my family. I remember recording it from the English channel and watching it over and over again. And while the heisei series is a little lacking in story, I love that Godzilla and Satsuma’s portrayal of the King of Monsters. So when I had the opportunity to interview the man who played my Godzilla, I jumped at the chance. In addition to Satsuma, I would like to thank Jason Varney for his translation skill and Shigeko for allowing me the time for this interview.
Just a written warning, sometimes interviews can get away from you – especially when you and the interviewee don’t speak the same language. This was definitely one of those cases. I think it’ll be pretty obvious when a single question sends the conversation into a weird place but still part of what made this enjoyable. I could absolutely interview this man for another hour or two if I ever had the chance… maybe for my next documentary!
This interview (which was recorded at the Big Wow Comic Fest) is the meat of this episode, so there aren’t any news stories to cover. We’ll get to those in the daikaiju discussion next week. Thanks for your patience with this episode – I know that compared to our usual schedule, it’s pretty late. Normally I like to have the first episodes posted in the first half of each month but with the kickstarter followed shortly by the trip, I ran out of free time.
1. Godzilla Appears by Reijiro Koroku from Godzilla Returns (1984)
2. Godzilla Vs. The Tank Corps (From OSTINATO) by Akira Ifukube from Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)
3. Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah I by Akira Ifukube from Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
4. Godzilla From The Fuji Volcano (Godzilla Theme · Faster Version) by Akira Ifukube from Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992)
5. Godzilla vs. Rodan I by Akira Ifukube from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1993)
6. Ending by Akira Ifukube from Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
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T’Igor, Kyle, Bryan and Rachel discuss the classic Gamera outing, Gamera vs Gyoas!
This month, the Kaijucast dives into the third film in the Gamera franchise, Gamera vs. Gyaos (1967). This was a very well received movie and I’m thrilled that we got so much homework in! Bryan and Rachel came over to save the co-host day, but we also had T’Igor join us for most the episode too. Hopefully you will also enjoy it. We finally have a lot of news to cover in this episode – some of it because of San Diego Comic Con happening this same weekend. So make sure to click the links below for some truly awesome news.
1. Miyarabi’s Prayer by Masaro Satoh from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
2. Ultra Ska by Santiago Tamura from Rumbo De Japon (1990)
3. MST3K Audio from Gamera vs. Gyoas (1991)
4. Tokyo Stomp by the Alder Kings (2014)
I am super happy that next month’s movie is Kaiju Daisenso! Or maybe you are familiar with the international title, Invasion of Astro Monster! Ok, perhaps the American title, Godzilla vs. Monster Zero! That’s right, one of my favorite movies in the franchise…probably my absolute favorite right now, is finally up to bat. Just make sure you have your homework turned in before August 24th to have your thoughts, questions and reviews included in the next discussion episode!