Stuart Galbraith IV, the author of Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo sits down to discuss his writing and love for both the kaiju genre and film studies in general.
This is another interview that I recorded waaaaay back in what the internet would consider “ages ago”. I picked up Stuart Galbraith IV’s book Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo a long time ago and for some weird reason, I didn’t open it for several years. I think I was under the impression that it was just another catalogue of kaiju films, but once I did start reading it, I was shocked to discover something that was completely different from any other kaiju book on the market. And good news, at the time of this writing, it looks like the publisher, Feral House, has some of those books in stock! I had a wonderful time interviewing Stuart about his love for the kaiju genre and Japanese cinema – I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to check out World Cinema Paradise and Stuart’s DVD Talk Page to see his current writings about films and their rich history.
Once again, we have a lot to cover with the news – lots of kaiju updates (enjoy it while it lasts, kaiju fans!) and merchandise on the horizon. Plus there are some cool events happening – big thanks to Mark Jaramillo for popping in to talk about an event happening in Los Angeles next month (see below).
1. Global Defense Force Mecha King Ghidorah Theme by Heavy Melody Music from Godzilla Unleashed (2007) 2. Ultraman Gaia by Toshihiko Sahashi from Ultraman Gaia (1998) 3. The Enemy Below by Michiru Oshima from Godzilla Mothra Mechagodzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003) 4. Mechagodzilla’s Counterattack by Akira Ifukube from Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
JAPANESE GUESTS SIGNING AROUND THE USA:
4/25 – 4/27 Chiller Theatre in Parsippany, NJ w/Hiroshi Koizumi & Bin Furuya
5/16 – 5/18 Dallas Comicon Dallas, TX w/Akira Takarada
5/17 & 5/18 BigWow ComicFest in San Jose, CA w/Ban Daisuke, Kenpachiro Satsuma & Bin Furuya
5/30 – 6/1 Spooky Empire in Orlando, FL w/Akira Takarada & Haruo Nakajima and Linda Haynes from Latitude Zero
NEW KAIJUCAST CONTEST:
You could win the 2nd Edition of August Ragone’s book, Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters – you have to listen to get the details!
DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION REMINDER:
Remember that if you want to be included in the next Daikaiju Discussion episode, please watch Daikaiju Gappa/Gappa The Triphibian Monster/Monster From A Prehistoric Planet and send in your homework (thoughts/questions/reviews) by Friday, April 25th.
I just wanted to post the movies that were discussed during the “Kaiju Attack: 60 Years of Giant Japanese Monsters” panel at Emerald City Comic Con yesterday. I’ve linked to each film’s Amazon page – some are preorders and a few are ridiculously expensive because they are out of print. Hopefully these will get another production run and you can enjoy the films without getting gouged by the secondary market.
Kyle and Martin just wanted a Coke but instead, they watched Gamera vs. Zigra for this month’s discussion.
This episode (#106) we take a look at Daiei’s 1971 kiddie-classic, Gamera vs. Zigra. Sure, this is 100% meant for children, but I’m sure we can find something inside worthy of discussion. The 1970s were a really rough time for the studio system and Daiei was no exception. This was the final film in the Gamera series before the desperate attempt to reinvigorate the studio by creating the terrible terrapin’s swan song, Gamera Super Monster. Martin was the only Kaijucast cohost brave enough to venture into Zigra’s waters with me, but we had a lot of fun watching this and I can only imagine the proper roasting this would have received with a larger crew.
These coming months are probably going to be kind of relentless when it comes to news, so I’ve taken what I deemed to be the most important or coolest news from the last couple of weeks and expanded upon it during this episode. Once you’re done listening check out the links below to get more information!
We had a lot of music requests and I totally love that, please feel free to make a request through the Contact page!
MUSICAL MONSTROSITIES OF MARCH:
1. Main Title by Akira Ifukube from Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
2. Godzilla by Michael Sembello from Bossa Nova Hotel (1983)
3. Monster X Appears by Nobuhiko Morino from Godzilla Final Wars (2004)
4. Monster Man by DEVO (2012)
5. Rodanne by Mike Nesmith from Elephant Parts (1981)
6. Godzilla & Jet Jaguar Punch-Punch-Punch! by Masato Shimone from Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)
7. Godzilla Eats Las Vegas by Eric Whitacre (1996)
8. GOJIRA (Original Mix) by Ninjas In Pyjamas from Kaiju EP(2013)
DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION ASSIGNMENT: Our next film discussion will be the 1967 Gappa from Nikkatsu Studios. It’s cool to see a different studio’s take on the kaiju film and 1967 was a big year for trying to capitalize on giant monsters. We will be watching the Media Blasters/Tokyo Shock DVD, but I understand that this film is available in multiple formats since many people believe it has fallen into the public domain. If you have a DVD with Daikyoj? Gappa or Gappa: The Triphibian Monster or even Monster from a Prehistoric Planet, it’ll work for the us! Please make sure to turn in your homework by Friday, April 25th to be included in the discussion. Looking forward to hearing your collective thoughts, questions and reviews of this film!