03.29.2012: Gamera vs. Guiron Daikaiju Discussion

Kyle, Heather & Justin talk about their experience watching the 1969 Daiei kaiju film, Gamera vs. Guiron.

Why hello there, loyal listener and potential new recruit! Welcome to the newest installment of the Kaijucast (which just happens to be episode 54). I’ve actually brought you a shorter episode than normal – instead of an hour, the show is only fifty-seven minutes. I know, I know – you feel slighted! I can’t help it, I’ve got a ton of stuff to do here and I really need to get cracking because this weekend is the 10th annual Emerald City Comic Con and I am heading up to the show with Heather, Justin and my special lady for a full-blown weekend of geekery. I’ll talk a little about what I’m doing in Seattle in this episode, but the main reason YOU are here is to hear our thoughts (and possibly yours?) for the 1969 Daiei “kiddie” kaiju film, Gamera vs Guiron!

Thanks so much to  everyone who sent in their homework and I hope you had a lot of fun watching the film. Big news about April’s movie and upcoming commentary in this episode – make sure you are paying attention because the Kaijucast is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Godzilla’s third film in style next month!

 

MUSICAL MARCH MADNESS:
1. Miyarabi’s Prayer by Masaru Satoh from Godzilla Mechagodzilla (1974)
2. Main Theme by Akira Ifukube from Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1993)
3. Main Title by Akira Ifukube from Gorath (1962)
4. Bicycle Montage from Mystery Science Theater’s presentation of Gamera vs. Guiron
5. Gamera March by Shunsuke Kikuchi from Gamera vs. Guiron (1969)

 

SUGGESTED READING:
Media Blasters’ plan for Godzilla vs. Megalon
Famous Monsters issue #262 focuses on Kaiju again
Interview with Duane Swierczynski on Comic Book Resources about the new IDW Godzilla series

 

LOCAL EVENTS:
3/30 – 4/1 in Seattle Emerald City Comicon & Kaijucast Listener Party/Dinner/Get-together
4/3 – 7pm Portland Geek Trivia at the Kennedy School
4/3 -8pm Avengers vs. X-Men Launch Party w/Matt Fraction and CB Cebulski at Excalibur Comics
4/6 – 10:30pm cortandfatboy present Boogie Nights at the Bagdad Theater
4/12 thru 4/15 - Bridgetown Comedy Festival
4/24 – 7pm King Kong vs. Godzilla at the Hollywood Theatre
4/28 & 4/29 - Stumptown Comics Fest

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION FOR APRIL
King Kong vs. Godzilla at the Hollywood TheatreIf you live in the Portland area (in Oregon), make sure you block out the evening of April 24th because the Hollywood Theatre will be showing the 1962 kaiju battle royale, King Kong vs. Godzilla, for a special 50th anniversary screening!

Not only will the theater host the screening, but I will be standing up to say a few words about this monumental film and providing the Hollywood Theatre with material for their pre-show slideshow. Plus, if that’s not enough, we’ll actually have a brand new commentary available for download a few days before the screening AND I’ve changed the Kaijucast Daikaiju Discussion schedule, so that’s a whole month of giant monster madness focusing on this film!

More details to come, but make sure you buy your tickets early because Dan Halsted (Head Programmer/Technical Director for the theater) is pretty sure it’s going to sell out!