Tag: Kaiju

GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS – new trailer and poster from Toho Animation

GODZILLA: PLANET OF THE MONSTERS – new trailer and poster from Toho Animation

We now have our first good look at the King of the Monster’s colossal animated iteration courtesy of a new trailer for the upcoming feature from Toho Animation and Polygon Pictures. The official (and bilingual Japanese / English) website for the anime film has also […]

FRANKENSTEIN VS. BARAGON and MATANGO to Toho Blu-ray in November

FRANKENSTEIN VS. BARAGON and MATANGO to Toho Blu-ray in November

In addition to the two classic films from Ishiro HONDA, Kihachi Okamoto’s Battle of Okinawa and Japan’s Longest Day as well as the complete ’90s Mothra trilogy will also see release. All five are slated for November 3rd release dates, and can be pre-ordered through Amazon JP and the […]

Haruo Nakajima Remembered: A Few of our Favorite Performances from the Man who was Godzilla

Haruo Nakajima Remembered: A Few of our Favorite Performances from the Man who was Godzilla

For the best part of two decades, from the first Godzilla in 1954 through Godzilla vs. Gigan in 1972, actor Haruo NAKAJIMA served as the literal backbone of Toho Company’s tokusatsu production. A pioneer of the process of special effects suit acting, Nakajima performed the difficult and often […]

Tape Deck: King of Snake (大蛇大戦 / Python Wars) AVA Nippon VHS

Tape Deck: King of Snake (大蛇大戦 / Python Wars) AVA Nippon VHS

Every time I revisit the 1984 giant monster oddity King of Snake I go in hoping I’ll like it at least a little more than I ever ultimately do. Chui Yuk-Lung’s yarn about a gargantuan snake, the girl who loves it, and the gangsters who beat the shit […]

Disc Love: The X From Outer Space <br>「宇宙大怪獣ギララ」 (Shochiku Blu-ray)

Disc Love: The X From Outer Space
「宇宙大怪獣ギララ」 (Shochiku Blu-ray)

My thoughts on director Kazui Nihonmatsu’s oddball kaiju opus Space Monster Guilala / The X From Outer Space haven’t changed all that much since I reviewed it a couple of years back in conjunction with the it’s domestic DVD premiere. X remains a gigantic mess of a picture, an awkward mix […]

King Kong vs. Godzilla
「キングコング対ゴジラ」 (1986 Laserdisc)

Man, has it been a long time since I last fired up my laserdisc player. It’s a gorgeous old Pioneer unit (a CLD-V2800 for anyone curious) with a remote control roughly the size and shape of a brick, and still runs like a champ. As someone who’s become […]

「ゴジラ」 Godzilla (1954)

「ゴジラ」 Godzilla (1954)

With the new Godzilla due in theaters in but a few days time the Film Society of Minneapolis – St. Paul, in conjunction with Rialto Pictures, have returned the 1954 original to its rightful place on the big screen. 「ゴジラ」 Godzilla can be seen at the St. Anthony […]

宇宙大怪獣ギララ / Space Monster Guilala, Wrecking House

宇宙大怪獣ギララ / Space Monster Guilala, Wrecking House

Despite featuring one of my favorite of the many monsters to emerge from Japan during the heyday of tokusatsu cinema, it is only rarely that I find myself revisiting Shochiku’s freshman daikaiju effort Space Monster Guilala (『宇宙大怪獣ギララ』, or The X From Outer Space in its English iterations). The reason […]