09.30.2016: Legend of Dinosaurs & Monster Birds Daikaiju Discussion

Bryan, Rachel and Kyle fend off an attack from Plesiosaurs & Rhamphorhynchi while watching Legend of Dinosaurs & Monster Birds (1977).

Bryan, Rachel and Kyle fend off attacks from Plesiosaurs & Rhamphorhynchi while watching Legend of Dinosaurs & Monster Birds (1977).

In this episode we check out a 1977 monster movie from Toei called Legend of Dinosaurs & Monster Birds, which is far more a Jaws ripoff than a kaiju film. This was a film that most of us were not really aware of until recently, and I can honestly say that even if you are a kaiju completionist, you could probably avoid this flick and we would never judge you. Regardless, there’s more for the episode than the discussion, we also had some news and catastrophic events – then there’s always music to play!

For anyone who wants to see what the “kaiju” in the “lake” at Toei Studio Movie Park looks like, here you go.

1. Ultra Seven No Uta by the Garamones from Garamones (2016)
2. Main Titles by Masao Yagi from Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds (1977)
3. Legend of the Dinosaurs English Trailer
4. Escape From Nebula M Spacehunter by Daikaiju from Phase 2 (2010)

Q&A After Shin Godzilla screening in Japan with Cast and crew
Pacific 2 Maelstrom Casting and Production start date have been announced

10/1 Long Live the King in San Leandro, Ca
10/11 – Kaijucast vs. Shin Godzilla at Century Eastport 16 in Portland, Oregon
10/12 – Kyle intros Shin Godzilla at the Hollywood Theater in Portland, Oregon (look for “Wed, Oct 12 7:00 PM” ticket)
10/28 – The Alien Con in Santa Clara, Ca w/Haruo Nakajima, Kenpachiro Satsuma & Tom Kitagawa

Shin Godzilla distributed by Funimation FilmsThis is not a drill, Toho’s newest giant monster movie is opening in North America next month and we expect a LOT of listeners to go see Shin Godzilla on the big screen and submit their thoughts questions and reviews for our discussion episode. If you would like to join in the fun, make sure to submit your review via our contact page before October 24th — and if you want to record an audio version of your “homework” just send us a link to download the file.

If you are going to opt for an audio submission, please make sure to follow these three rules:
1. Do not send a file that’s longer than three minutes.
2. Do not swear – the Kaijucast is a family friendly show, of course.
3. Try to have your talking points hammered out before you even start recording (that’s just general podcasting advice though).

09.14.2016: Monster Oddities of Japan LIVE from Rose City Comic Con!

Join the Kaijucast in a broadcast version of the Monster Oddities of Japan panel from last weekend's Rose City Comic Con!

Join the Kaijucast in a broadcast version of the Monster Oddities of Japan panel from last weekend’s Rose City Comic Con!

This past weekend, we attended Rose City Comic Con in our home town of Portland, Oregon. Wow – it was fantastic this year! Keith Foster and I tabled together and sold Kodoja comics, soundtracks and prints plus I was able to sell some Kaijucast and Kaiju Corps stuff too. We also had our mini Portland cityscape set up and had an amazing time talking to everyone who came by the booth about giant monsters — some folks even wanted a photo in the booth! Major thanks if you came by and supported the Monster Arts!

In particular at the show, however, the Kaijucast put on a panel entitled Monster Oddities of Japan and I hope you enjoy this episode, which is the audio from that event. As I mention at the end, big thanks to Dave, Jeff, Bryan and Rachel for joining me in our presentation.


Frankenstein Conquers The World (1965) *Tokyo shock DVD [OOP]*  AIP Trailer / Japanese Trailer /  AMC Introduction

Daimajin (1966) *BLURAY* Japanese Trailer / ADV Trailer / Mill Creek Entertainment’s BluRay Trailer

War of the Gargantuas (1966) *Classic Media DVDJapanese Trailer / International Trailer / AIP Trailer with Monster Zero

Pulgasari (1985) *Watch on Youtube* Japanese Trailer / A Kim Jong Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator’s Rise to Power / The Lovers & The Despot [trailer]

Deep Sea Monster Raiga (2009) *Region 2 DVD* Teaser Trailer / Trailer

Gehara The Dark & Long Haired Monster (2009) *Dailymotion* Trailer

Just a side note, at the end of the panel a young attendee shared what he considered to be the first ever giant monster movie with us, even though it was a cartoon and wasn’t from Japan and is just a short. It was cut out of the episode for reasons, but I figured for posterity I should add it to the show notes. You can watch Windsor McCay’s The Pet on Youtube here.

1. The Anger of Baradagi by Akira Ifukube from Daikaiju Varan  (1958)
2. Daikyoju Gappa by Miki Katsuhiko from Daikyoju Gappa  (1967)

We will be covering Legend of Dinosaurs and Monster Birds (1977) this month for our Daikaiju Discussion. If you have access to the film, you can also be part of the discussion. Just send in your thoughts, questions and reviews of the film before September 23rd to be included in the episode.

08.30.2016: Reptilian Daikaiju Discussion

Ugh.... Reptilian.

Ugh…. Reptilian.

Oh boy.

I don’t remember who requested Reptilian to be added the Daikaiju Discussion list, but for those of you who did… here you go? That sure was a film almost.  Ok, seriously, this film is a 90s remake of the 1967 South Korean kaiju film, Yongary (which coincidentally has been released on Bluray somewhat recently). Let’s be honest, this was a really terrible film and definitely one that was made more bearable thanks to my cohosts for the episode Martin, Sean and Charlie.

1.  Terror Has Come Ashore by Yoko Ueno from Gamera The Brave (2006)
2. Preparations For Operation ‘Burial’ by Akira Ifukube from King Kong vs Godzilla (1962)
3. Reptilian English Trailer (2001)
4. Chikyu Kogeki Meirei by Akira Ifukube / Performed by Makoto Inoue from The Godzilla Legend Chronology (1984)

Godzilla All Art Attack 2 at Creature Features
Godzilla: Rage Across Time artist AJ Gregory on creating his cover
Previews’ Solicitations for Godzilla: Rage Across Time #4 & #5
Interview with Akira Takarada
Ultraman movies to get English dubs
Previews’ September Kaiju Lineup
X-Plus’ “Monster Emotion” Line with Red King & Kanegon
X-Plus Godzilla x Evangelion Evangelion Unit-01 “G” Awakening Form

Next month's discussion film, The Legend of Dinosaurs & Monster Birds

Next month’s discussion film, The Legend of Dinosaurs & Monster Birds

9/7 – 9/12 Horrible Imaginings Film Festival in San Diego, CA
9/10 – 9/11 Rose City Comic Con in Portland, OR
— Come by Booth 820 to see “Kodoja vs. Kaijucast” and get your picture in our Portland cityscape!
— Don’t miss our panel Kaijucast: Monster Oddities of Japan in room 5 Saturday 9/10 at 2pm
— Our listener party will be Saturday night! Details TBD
10/28 – 10/30 Alien Con in Santa Clara, CA w/Haruo Nakajima, Kenpachiro Satsuma and Tsutomu Kitagawa

Next month, we’ll be discussing a Toei Film from 1977, Legend of Dinosaurs & Monster Birds. This movie is available on DVD but can be very expensive. If you’d like to be part of the daikaiju discussion, please send in your homework e to be included in the discussion episode.