11.29.2016: The Magic Serpent Daikaiju Discussion

In this episode, the crew (not pictured) dive into the Magic Serpent (pictured) by Toei!

In this episode, the crew (not pictured) dive into the Magic Serpent (pictured) by Toei!

This episode takes a look at a film that barely qualifies as a kaiju movie. The Magic Serpent (1966) is a Japanese fantasy film version of a classic tale Jiraiya Gouketsu Monogatari. And while the monster appearances are few and far between, depending on what version you watch, you could be hearing some familiar roars to the kaiju aficionado. The film itself went over pretty well with our crew for this episode – we hope you enjoy the episode, as short as it ended up being.

MAGICAL SERPENTINE MUSIC:
1. Opening Titles by Toshiaki Tsushima from The Magic Serpent (1966)
2. Audio clip from American International’s The Magic Serpent (1966)
3. Closing Titles by Toshiaki Tsushima from The Magic Serpent (1966)

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Godzilla Store in Shinjuku Write-up by HorrorJapan
LaForet Museum Godzilla Exhibition via MyKaiju Godzilla on FB
Upcoming Akira Ifukube concert in Chicago on December 17th
Mifune: The Last Samurai Production Notes & Trailer on ScifiJapan.com
Kong: Skull Island Trailer  (aka more giant monster movies)

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION:
For our December discussion, we’ll be turning our attention once again to Korea – this time, we’re watching Dragon Wars (2007). If you’d like to submit your “homework” for the episode, please do so before December, 22nd.

11.15.2016: Kenpachiro Satsuma Returns!

Kenpachiro Satsuma returns to the Kaijucast for a brief chat that was recorded at Monster Mania 30.

Kenpachiro Satsuma returns to the Kaijucast for a brief chat that was recorded at Monster Mania 30.

In this short episode, I had the distinct pleasure of welcoming suit actor extraordinaire Kenpachiro Satsuma back to the podcast. Satsuma played Hedorah in 1971’s Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster, Gigan in both Godzilla vs Gigan (1972) and Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973). He then went on to perform as the King of the Monsters in all of the heisei era Godzilla films (1984 – 1995). If you aren’t aware of how awesome this monster man is, make sure to check out the interview from 2014 too!

Back in March of this year, I attended Monster Mania to interview this legendary stuntman and I was so happy to be able to touch on some of the subjects that we didn’t have time for a couple of years ago. Enjoy!

MINIMAL MONSTER MUSIC:
1. Destoroyah’s Theme by Akira Ifukube from Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
2. Godzilla vs. Gigan Suite arranged by John DeSentis from Ifukube 100: A Legacy Of Monster Music (2015)

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Want to hear the previous interview with Satsuma-san? Here you go.

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION REMINDER:
Don’t forget that if you want to send in your thoughts, questions (not that we would really be able to answer them for this film) and reviews The Magic Serpent (1966). If you are going to send in your “homework” for this film, make sure to do so before November 24th to be part of our discussion!

10.31.2016: Shin Godzilla Daikaiju Discussion

Jeff, Kyle, Martin, Charlie and Sean break down Shin Godzilla in this epic episode!

Jeff, Kyle, Martin, Charlie and Sean break down Shin Godzilla in this epic episode!

If you downloaded the episode before 11PM on November 2nd, 2016, I apologize for the tech fail but the upload was cut off and I didn’t realize it until it was already out in the wild. You should download the recently updated audio file. Once again, gomenasai.

Holy shin, this is a massive episode! We’re talking about Shin Godzilla with a whole bunch of people. In addition to my standard crew, we actually welcome some additional voices from the first screening of Shin Godzilla in Portland and some of my friends from outside the Kaijucast core co-hosts. And this is a big one, people. I’m actually going to post some handy timestamps here for anyone who wants to jump to a particular spot…

04:32 – Kyle’s introduction from the Hollywood Theatre screening
20:25 – John DeSentis covers the NY Premiere
33:10 – Moviegoers’ thoughts on Shin Godzilla
45:00 – Kaijucast Group Daikaiju Discussion
125:00 – Listener Homework
186:00* – John Ruffin’s Analysis

*That’s not a typo. This episode clocks in at 3 hours and 35 minutes! [insert nervous laughter]

MUSIC OF MONSTROSITIES:
1. Fob_01 / Taba Strategy by Shiro Sagisu from Shin Godzilla (2016)
2. Decisive Battle by Shiro Sagisu from Neon Genesis: Evangelion (1995)
3. Persecution of the Masses (the 8-bit version) from Shin Godzilla (2016)

John DeSentis joins us briefly to share his experience of attending  the New York’s Shin Godzilla premiere. Here’s John’s coverage of the film and the event.

Thanks to John Ruffin for providing his analysis of the film. Make sure to check out MyKaiju.com and specifically, check out John’s “How To Watch Shin Godzilla” article here.

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Scifi Japan’s Capsule Reviews & Coverage of Shin Godzilla
Funimation’s Coverage of the New York Premiere
Funimation’s Coverage of the Los Angeles Premiere
Toho reports bump in profits, thanks to Shin Godzilla and Your Name
Shin Godzilla Earns $1.8M During North American run
Special Effects Reel from Shin Godzilla’s Effects house, StealthWorks

CATASTORPHIC EVENTS:
November 2nd Film Festival in Ikebukuro
November 2nd Film Festival in Kyoto
Godzilla Store to open in Shinjuku!!! (here’s the official website)

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION:
November’s Daikaiju Discussion is the 1966 film from Toei Studios, The Magic Serpent. If you would like to send in your thoughts, questions and reviews, please do so before November 25th to have your homework part of the discussion!

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