Dave and Kyle tackle the Japanese mockumentary, Big Man Japan (2007).
This month, we dive into a mockumentary as part of the kaiju genre. Made by Japan’s top comedian, Hitoshi Matsumoto, Big Man Japan (2007) is actually pretty great – in its own right, though, because it’s such a significant and drastic departure from any narrative kaiju fans had previously seen in the genre. Thankfully, I was joined by Dave Helfrey (aka Baron Von Goolo) to watch and then discuss the film with me. We really enjoyed what the listeners sent in as well. Big thanks to Jim Figurski for lending a hand in helping me get a better understanding of Matsumoto and Japanese comedy.
1. Godzilla’s Theme by Heavy Melody Music from Godzilla Unleashed (2007)
2. Miyarabi’s Prayer by Masaru Satoh from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
3. Godzilla by The Possum Kingdom Ramblers (2014)
7/10 – 7/12 G-Fest XXII in Chicago, IL [Full Kaijucast panel schedule below]
7/31 – 8/2 Monster Mania in Cherry Hill, NJ w/Haruo Nakajima, Bin Furuya & Tsutomu Kitagawa
9/19 – 9/20 Rose City Comic Con in Portland, OR [*Booth! *Panel! *Listener Party!]
12pm 50 Years of Gamera
1pm Kaiju-Size Avengers
1pm Hail To The King: 60 Years of Destruction premiere screening
2pm Hail To The King Q&A
3pm Live MONSTER ZERO Commentary
8pm Kaijucast Listener Party
12pm Fresh Vinyl Live!
2pm Live Kaijucast In Search Of Monsters
3pm Hail To The King: 60 Years of Destruction – Encore screening
Our next film in the discussion list is the 1985 North Korean kaiju flick, Pulgasari. If you’d like to have your thoughts questions and reviews included in the discussion scene, please send in your homework before July 24th.
in memoriam: Hiroshi Koizumi (1926 – 2015) 1. Godzilla Vs. Godzilla by Masaru Satoh from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) 2. Battle to the Death by Masaru Satoh from Godzilla Raids Again (1955) 3. A Million And One Matango by Sadao Bekku from Matango (1963) 4. Main Theme (alternate arragement) by Kuniyo Miyauchi (1966) 5. Prelude by Yuji Koseki from Mothra (1961) 6. Mysterious Radioactivity by Akira Ifukube from Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) 7. Kurobe Valley Theme I by Akira Ifukube from Ghidorah The Three Headed Monster (1964) 8. Dogora’s Offspring Strike Back by Akira Ifukube from Dogora (1964) 9. Undersea Battleship Attacks II by Akira Ifukube from Atragon (1963) 10. Prayer by Michiru Oshima from Godzilla · Mothra · Mechagodzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003) 11. Godzilla Leaves Tokyo by Reijiro Koroku from Godzilla Returns (1984)
Bryan, Rachel, Kyle and Jeff get loopy in this trainwreck of an episode.
We’re back with another hangout, conversational, yet-to-be-named-as-0f-this-recording, explicit episode because I’m so damn slammed with all of the things! That said, the episode that was originally slated for this sequential number designation (#143) will be released shortly… when the controller comes back up for air, of course.
Seriously though, you demanded it so this is what you get – two hours of me trying and failing to keep the train on the tracks….much like Ford Brody tried to do with the nuclear warhead in the 2014 Godzilla. I know, that’s a serious stretch. Maybe you can make some sense out of this installment of the podcast. We’ll probably be back a bit sooner for another one of these (post G-Fest wrapup, perhaps?) but for now, I hope you like hearing my cohosts cranked up to 11 because that’s what you’ll hear.
SUBJECTS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE: (included, but not limited to)
1. Officially naming these hangout episodes
2. Ultraman Ongoing Legal Thais/Ties
3. Updating the Daikaiju Discussion
4. New Home Ownership (seriously… super topical for our podcast)
5. Hail To The King Update
6. New podcastery for Kyle
7. Relatively Recent Box Days
8. G-Fest Listener Party* & Panels & a weird accent
9. Hijinks galore and much, much more (I’m sure)
MINIMUM OF MUSIC:
1. The Destruction of the Nuclear Power Plant by Reijiro Koroku from Godzilla Returns (1984)
2. Crash Course In Brain Surgery performed by Metallica from The $5.98 E.P. – Garage Days Re-Revisited (1987)
3. Senbonzakura by Wagakki from Vocalo Zanmai (2014)
Oh, one more thing, due to a crazy recoding thing that happened in the studio, this episode sounds a little strange – Jeff sounds like he’s one Skype, so I apparently need to teach him how to use a microphone. I should have it all back to normal and some recording sense slapped into El Jefe by the next recording.
*OH, AND ANOTHER “ONE MORE THING”: Just a quick correction to the episode regarding G-Fest. Apparently, I assumed (yes, I know what happens) and was WRONG: the Symphonic Fury concert is actually on Friday night (thanks to VVeber for even bringing that to my attention!) so we will have the listener party on Saturday night of G-Gest after all.
Kyle chats with Adam Alexander, Rachel and Martin about Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002).
Apologies for the short post, but things are crazy busy here at the Kaijucast HQ – what with the impending premiere of the documentary at G-Fest, and all of the other stuff I have going on. To illustrate this point, we actually recorded this last weekend and I haven’t had a chance to edit the audio until today. Maybe we’ll chat about all of that in the next hangout episode.
This installment of the Kaijucast focuses on the 2002 film, Godzilla X Mechagodzilla. Overall, this film went over really well with Rachel, Martin and Adam (yes, that’s right, Adam Alexander from the Monster Project is back!) and I’m very pleased we had such a lively discussion about this great entry in the series.
MONSTER MUSIC FOR THE MONTH OF MAY:
1. Shogun Warriors Godzilla commercial (1978)
2. GodzillaLand OVA Main Title (1992)
3. The Skeleton of Godzilla by Michiru Oshima from Godzilla X Mechagodzilla (2002)
4. Japanese Teaser for Godzilla X Mechagodzilla (2002)
5. Desperate Struggle by Ko Otani from Gamera 2: Advent of Legion (1996)
6. Terror of Mechagodzilla by Adam Alexander andThe Monster Project(2007)
6/20 Godzilla Night 4 in San Leandro, CA
7/10 – 7/12 G-Fest XXII in Chicago, IL DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION:
Our next discussion will look at the bizarre mockumentary, Big Man Japan (2007). If you would like to send in your thoughts, questions and reviews for this film, please submit your homework before June 25th.
Like all the great podcasts, Kaijucast transcends its subject matter. Before I started listening to Kaijucast I only had a passing interest in the genre, but the infectious enthusiasm and passion it was hard not to dig deeper. Simply put, Kaijucast has become an essential part of my podcast library. — Ben Jones