Rachel, Bryan and the Kyles discuss the a subject not often broached regarding Godzilla films: Romance.
It’s a special Valentine’s Day episode of the Kaijucast, but we aren’t talking about how much we love our significant others or even how much we adore Godzilla (any more than usual, I mean); we are discussing love themes and romantic elements in the history of Godzilla’s filmography. It’s probably not something that you would normally ponder – in fact, we tend to almost entirely ignore the human elements in these films – but considering the time of year, this subject seemed apt for this episode (too bad we didn’t actually release it yesterday).
How prevalent are romantic connections and intentions in this genre? I was pretty surprised when I started breaking it down film by film – quite a few that use a romantic entanglement as part of the human-driven plot. Thankfully, this was not a “flying solo” episode; I was joined by Bryan, Rachel and Lady Kyle for this installment of the podcast. I hope you’ll enjoy listening to our conversation as much as we had recording it.
1. Sake Drinking Yamata No Orochi by Akira Ifukube from The Little Prince & The Eight-Headed Dragon (1963)
2. Godzilla vs. The Three Monsters by Daisuke Yano from Godzilla Final Wars (2004)
3. Godzilla vs. Destoroyah II & III by Akira Ifukube from Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
4. Mothra’s Song by Toshiyuki Watanabe from Mothra (1996)
5. Ultraman Theme Song (US Version) by Kunio Miyauchi from Ultraman (1966)
6. Goodbye Godzilla (Ending) by The Star Sisters from Godzilla Returns (1984)
DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION REMINDER:
Don’t forget that this month’s Daikaiju Discussion looks at the 1964 classic, Godzilla vs. The Thing aka Mothra vs. Godzilla. If you want to have your thoughts, questions and reviews to be part of the next episode, you need to submit your homework by February 22nd.
T’Igor, Cindy, Bryan and Rachel join Kyle to discuss the final Showa-era Gamera film!
There are some movies which cannot be explained, they can only be experienced…. Gamera The Super Monster (1980) is such a film. Not because it is an amazing piece of filmmaking (far from it), but because the movie was made as an attempt to bring the film company, Daiei Motion Picture Company, out of bankruptcy and it really, really shows. It’s also pretty apparent why the attempt failed – Uchu Kaiju Gamera is an absolute train wreck of a film, culling together footage from every other Gamera film and blatantly ripping off a few others in the process! I was joined by Cindy, Bryan, Rachel and my son T’Igor to talk about this film.
This episode was pretty packed with awesomeness: we had a great discussion, the homework submitted by the listeners was quite varied and such a fantastic response to such an obscure film! Plus we had some cool news to share, new Kaiju Corps members to announce and we introduced a new segment, too!
All of that AND we managed to squeeze in some great audio excellence, too…
GAMERA SUPER MUSIC:
1. Ultra Q Theme Song by the Surf Coasters from Surf Panic ’95 (1995)
2. King of the Monsters by Man… or Astroman? from Experiment Zero (1996) 3. Elvira’s Introduction to Gamera Super Monster from Elvira’s Movie Macabre (1983)
4. Mogera vs Spacegodzilla #3 by Takayuki Hattori from Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla (1994) 5. Godzilla Theme by The Edge & Yoshinobu Hiraiwa from Godzilla Island (1999)
6. Gamera Theme performed by Filmusik from Gamera vs. Guiron (2010)
7. Gamera March by Shunsuke Kikuchi, performed by Koichi Maeda & “translated” by Elvira from Movie Macabre: Gamera Super Monster (1983)
Next month’s movie is going to be a big one! The fan favorite Mothra vs. Godzilla aka Godzilla vs. The Thing (1964) will be our focus for the month of February and I am expecting a landslide of homework submissions. You need to turn in your homework by February 22nd to be included in the discussion and because I am expecting such a massive amount of thoughts, questions and reviews to sift through (and most likely edit down), please try to keep your homework brief and to the point. We would all appreciate that very much! That being said, I cannot wait to read what you all write for this film; Mothra is a very polarizing character. Hopefully you’ll be able to check it out and if you don’t already own the DVD, Godzilla vs. The Thing is available ”on demand” on Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and Netflix – although it’s title is ”Godzilla vs. Mothra (1964)”.