The Kaiju Movie Marathon with August Ragone

SHOUT! FACTORY TV AND FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND PRESENT KAIJU MOVIE MARATHON FEATURING NINE GODZILLA FILMS, HOSTED BY KAIJU EXPERT AUGUST RAGONE, TO PREMIERE ON SHOUT! FACTORY TV LIVE AND PLUTO TV JULY 18TH

SHOUT! FACTORY TV AND FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND PRESENT KAIJU MOVIE MARATHON FEATURING NINE GODZILLA FILMS, HOSTED BY KAIJU EXPERT AUGUST RAGONE, TO PREMIERE ON SHOUT! FACTORY TV LIVE AND PLUTO TV JULY 18TH

Featuring Godzilla: the Uncut Japanese Original, Godzilla Raids Again, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Rodan, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Ghidorah: the Three-Headed Monster, Monster Zero, Godzilla’s Revenge and Terror of Mechagodzilla.

Shout! Factory TV is partnering with the original monster fanzine Famous Monsters of Filmland to present a Kaiju movie marathon of catastrophic proportions! Join us for a twenty-four hour livestream hosted by Kaiju expert August Ragone as nine classic Godzilla films and fan favorite episodes of Ultra Seven and Ultra Q blast through the screen on Saturday, July 18.

With programing ranging from Godzilla, The Uncut Japanese Original to Terror of Mechagodzilla, this event will be a visceral thrill ride, with promises of the utmost destruction along the way. The Kaiju marathon comes complete with original introductions by renowned Kaiju authority August Ragone, commenting on the impact of these classic films. A two-time Rondo Award-winning author of Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters, Ragone has commented on Japanese film and popular culture on radio, television, in print, online, and at events for more than three decades.

Shout! Factory TV’s Kaiju Movie Marathon will be streaming from midnight to midnight (Eastern Time) on Saturday July 18th at www.shoutfactorytvlive.com and on Pluto TV, CH 427. For mobile, tablet and connected TV devicesthe marathon is accessible via the Pluto TV app. The marathon is also available via Pluto TV in the living room (Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Android TV devices, Chromecast and Apple Airplay), on the go (apps for iOS, Android and Amazon) and at your fingertips on PC’s, Mac’s or on the web. All nine Godzilla films and episodes of Ultra Seven and Ultra Q will also be available on Shout! Factory TV for evergreen streaming following the marathon.

Prepare yourselves for something monstrous! Tune in for the Kaiju calamity, and live tweet with #godzilla. Shout! Factory TV and Famous Monsters of Filmland will be giving away prizes to fans and viewers of the marathon, including a $100 gift certificate for Shout! Factory merchandise.

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KAIJU CONTENT STREAMING ON SHOUT! FACTORY TV LIVE:

Godzilla: The Uncut Japanese Original (1954)
American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.

Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
Godzilla battles an irradiated Ankylosaur and destroys Osaka in the process.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (1954)
A 400-foot dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo.

Rodan (1956)
Mutant pterosaurs and prehistoric insects terrorize humanity.

Mothra Vs. Godzilla (1964)
A greedy developer unwittingly hatches a gigantic baby moth upon Tokyo, while Godzilla strikes once again.

Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster (1964)
After a meteorite unleashes a three-headed beast upon Tokyo, Mothra tries to unite with Godzilla and Rodan to battle the extraterrestrial threat.

Monster Zero (1965)
Aliens from Planet X request the use of Godzilla and Rodan to fight off King Ghidorah, but have a better use for the three monsters.

Godzilla’s Revenge (1969)
A bullied schoolboy dreams of traveling to Monster Island, where he befriends Godzilla’s son, who is also having bully troubles.

Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
Godzilla comes to the rescue when an alien race rebuilds Mechagodzilla to destroy Earth’s cities.

ULTRA Q – 8 fan favorite episodes
“For the next 30 minutes, your eyes will leave your body and arrive in this strange moment in time…” In the world of Ultra Q, the very fabric of nature is warped into a state of unbalance, and all manner of strange phenomenon, and unearthly creatures, threaten the very future of mankind! On the scene are a world-renown scientist and his young friends—a girl photojournalist, an aviator, and his co-pilot—who investigate these supernatural menaces. When sheer military might is futile, the intrepid trio comes to the rescue, armed solely with their ingenuity, and scientific prowess, to quell these malevolent forces and restore the balance of nature.

The precursor to Ultraman, Ultra Q is a seminal science-fantasy television series in the monstrous mold of The Outer Limits and The X Files, which is deeply ingrained in the psyche of Japanese pop culture as The Twilight Zone is to America. Eiji Tsuburaya, the visual effects wizard behind Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra, creates a spectacular cavalcade of bizarre beasts and mass mayhem in each and every episode of this wildly popular series. Never before broadcast in the North America, Ultra Q stars Kenji Sahara (Rodan), Hiroko Sakurai (Ultraman), Yasuhiko Saijo (Destroy All Monsters), and is now available on Shout! Factory TV.

ULTRA SEVEN– 8 fan favorite episodes
The Earth is in danger! Even now, fiendish hands are stretching out from the distant stars to seize the world…From their massive underground complex near Mt. Fuji, the Ultra Guard, an elite unit of the Terrestrial Defense Force, equipped with a squadron of Ultra Hawks, stands vigilant as our decisive first-line to combat the myriad of alien aggressors, who threaten the very existence of our planet. But, unbeknownst to his fellow teammates, Dan Moroboshi, is secretly an extraterrestrial aiding them in their fight to preserve the future of humanity — considered the “7th member” of the Ultra Guard — better known as “Ultra Seven!”

Produced by the creative team behind Ultraman, Ultra Seven is the third entry in the “Ultra Series,” and is arguably the best of the long-running franchise, with its emphasis on science fiction and themes touching on subjects ranging from the cruelty of war to social and racial injustices in the grand tradition of Star Trek and The Outer Limits. Plus, Ultra Seven features the colossal monsters and spectacular visual effects viewers expect from the men who brought Godzilla to life!

Schedule of Films*

12:00 a.m. – Godzilla, the Uncut Japanese Original (1954)

1:45 a.m. – Ultra Q episodes

5:15 a.m. – Ultra Seven episodes

6:30 a.m. – Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1954)

8:15 a.m. – Ultra Seven episodes

9:00 a.m. – Rodan (1956)

10:30 a.m. – Ultra Seven episodes

11:15 a.m. – Godzilla Raids Again (1955)

12:45 p.m. – Ultra Seven episodes

1:30 p.m. – Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)

3:15 p.m. – Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)

5:00 p.m. – Monster Zero (1965)

6:45 p.m. – Godzilla’s Revenge (1969)

8:15 p.m. – Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

10:00 p.m. – Godzilla, the Uncut Japanese Original (1954)

11:45 p.m. – Godzilla’s Revenge (1969)

1:15 a.m. – Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

3:00 a.m. – Godzilla, the Uncut Japanese Original (1954)

*Times listed are Eastern time, approximate and subject to change.

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07.06.2015: G-FEST XXII COMETH!

G-Fest Charity Print by Chris Scalf

G-Fest Charity Print by Chris Scalf

Ohayo gozaimasu, listeners! Just checking in with a bonus episode to get the Corps excited for the convention this weekend. Consider this a brief introduction to some of the amazing things happening at the annual Godzilla and kaiju focused extravaganza… G-Fest!

I’m going to be taking part in a lot of the programming this year, so I those who can attend will check out some of the panels I’ll be a part of. Don’t forget that my documentary, Hail To The King: 60 Years of Destruction premieres at G-Fest – on Saturday at 1pm in the Midway Room.

GUESTS:
Masaaki Tezuka
Noboru Kaneko
Kow Otani
Robert Scott Field
August Ragone
JD Lees

MOVIES AT THE PICKWICK:
See the full lineup at G-Fest’s website

CONTESTS:
Amateur Video Contest
Art Contest
Costume Contest
Model Contest
Music Video Contest
Video Game Tournament

ARTISTS ALLEY:
There are so many amazing artists who will be displaying and selling their kaiju-tastic artwork – check them out here!

KAIJUCAST SCHEDULE OF AWESOMENESS:

Fri 7/10
3pm Kaijucast Remembering Rulers of Earth

Sat 7/11
12pm 50 Years of Gamera
1pm Marvel Presents: 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 — see below!

Sun 7/12
12pm Fresh Vinyl Live!
2pm Live Kaijucast In Search Of Monsters
3pm Hail To The King: 60 Years of Destruction – Encore screening
(The entire G-Fest schedule can be found here)

SYMPHONIC FURY CONCERT:
Have you gotten your tickets for the big concert Friday night? If not, don’t forget to pick them up here or at G-Fest!

KAIJUCAST LISTENER PARTY AT G-FEST:
The listener party will kick off at the Crowne Plaza’s Visibility Bar starting Saturday at 8pm and, depending on how busy it gets, we might take the party out to the patio!

DO YOU USE GOOGLE CALENDAR?
If so and you want to keep up with Kaijucast events, be they convention appearances, Daikaiju Discussion homework deadlines or whatever, listener Justin Greene has created a Kaijucast Calendar – check it out and subscribe if you’d like!

 

6.30.2015: Big Man Japan Daikaiju Discussion

Dave and Kyle  tackle the Japanese mockumentary, Big Man Japan (2007).

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.

MONSTROUS MUSIC:
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)
…continued below…

SUGGESTED VIEWING:
Hiroshi Koizumi passes away at the age of 88
The El Rey network begins Kaijuly on Friday, July 3rd w/ Gojira at 10pm followed by more kaiju films!
Godzilla at E3
Scifi Japan’s Godzilla Unmade: The History of Jan De Bont’s Unproduced Tri-Star Film
X-Plus lineup for July
Diamond Comics’ Godzilla in Previews
Ultra Monster Anthropomorphic Project Series (Gomora & Alien Guts)
Ultra Monster Anthropomorphic Project Series (Zetton, Baltan, Garamon)
Ultra Kaiju Remix series by Dunk
Godzilla 2014 Product Update
NECA’s Godzilla 1954

CATASTROPHIC EVENTS:
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!]

KAIJUCAST G-FEST SCHEDULE:
Fri 7/10
3pm Kaijucast Remembering Rulers of Earth

Sat 7/11
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

Sun 7/12
12pm Fresh Vinyl Live!
2pm Live Kaijucast In Search Of Monsters
3pm Hail To The King: 60 Years of Destruction – Encore screening

DAIKAIJU DISCUSSION:
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)