Distinguished panelists of G-Fest: JD Lees, Kyle Yount, Koichi Kawakita & Robert Scott Field
It is my pleasure to bring you an interview with Koichi Kawakita, the special effects director for most of Godzilla’s “Heisei” era. It has been a goal since I started the podcast to interview Kawakita-san and when he was announced as a guest for G-Fest XXI, I made it my objective to spend some time with him at the convention. Thankfully, JD Lees was fine with having me join him for the second Kawakita panel (the first was a two hour look at some of his non-Godzilla work, which was very, very cool). Because I’d been looking forward to this opportunity, I had a myriad of subjects that I wanted to cover about his career and I was more than happy to share the stage with JD, Robert Scott Field (our acting interpreter) and of course, Mr. Kawakita. I was definitely surprised by how quickly the hour long panel went by.
I know I did this in the audio, but it’s been several months since I want to sincerely thank JD Lees, the editor of G-Fan Magazine, for giving me this incredible opportunity. I hope you enjoy hearing about Kawakita’s career and hopefully we can get him back on for another episode in the future!
MINIMAL MONSTER MUSIC:
1. Main Theme by Toshihiko Sahashi from Ultraman Mebius (2006)
2. The God of Destruction Appears by Ko Otani from Godzilla· Mothra· King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)
Big congratulations to our two winners of the first ever Kaijucast Costume Contest, Brendan & August! Both of your costumes are fantastic and we want to thank you for participating. Brendan’s costume is the winner of our “All Adults Attack” category and August is our “Terror of Mecha-Kids” winner.
Brendan L as G-Force Mechagodzilla II Pilot
August C. as Mothra Leo
Even though our number of entries was minimal, we’re definitely interested in making this a yearly tradition!
The Kaijucast crew take on the Atmospheric Space Invader, Dogora!
That creepy season is upon us, and a creepy monster from outer space dips its tentacles into our atmosphere to cause chaos and destruction. This month, our discussion focuses on Dogora The Space Monster (1964). This is a lesser known kaiju film about a gigantic space jellyfish that comes down to steal our carbon (how rude!) but the army must stop the rampage. In some ways, it’s like Toho created another monster-on-the-loose film, but in many more ways, this movie is just a unique and bizarre beast of a flick. And to be perfectly honest, it’s not a great installment in Toho’s kaiju genre but we had fun watching this monster making his way through the skies of Japan (and the world).
In addition to the discussion, we do cover some news items. Make sure to click on the links below to learn more about the articles we discuss in this episode.
1. Oshiete Jiji by Kiyoshiro Imawano with Yosui Inoue from The Great Yokai War (2005)
2. Biollante In The Lake-1 by Koichi Sugiyama from Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)
3. Main Titles by Akira Ifukube from Dogora The Space Monster (1964)
4. Sign of Godzilla by Akira Ifukube from Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
5. 1973 Gamera Dies by Yoko Ueno from Gamera the Brave (2006)
Don’t forget to enter your kaiju-themed costume in our first ever Halloween Costume Contest! The deadline to enter is November 2nd and the winners will be announced on November 10th! We have three categories for this contest: Adult costumes, Child costumes and pet costumes.
Some of these fabulous prizes could be yours, just enter you kaiju costume in our first ever Kaijucast Halloween Costume Contest!
DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION: Our next film is All Monsters Attack (1969), which is better known as Godzilla’s Revenge here in the States. This is quite possibly the most disrespected Godzilla film on the market, but we at the Kaijucast know that Godzilla’s Revenge actually has a lot going for it. We are definitely looking forward to hearing your thoughts, questions and reviews on this entry in the Godzilla series, so make sure you turn in your “homework” before November 22nd to be included in the next discussion episode!