The New York Asian Film Festival is coming up and actors Sammo Hung and Simon Yam will be in attending their films Kung Fu Chefs, Bodyguards and Assassins, Echoes of the Rainbow and Eastern Condors. But even if you can’t make it, it’s worth checking out the films and trailers for the Hong Kong/China and [...]
In the interest of Science: gallery of anatomical drawings of yokai, Japanese folk monsters. Hopefully, no actual yokai were harmed in making these drawings.
A Doppelganger. A Giant Carp. A Tengu. The Curated Object has more images from “Graphic Heroes, Magic Monsters: Japanese Prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi.”
Kaijutastic Ultraman poster art by Takayoshi Mizuki. (via The Japan Society)
The Japan City in New York City has posted a gallery of images from their current exhibition, “Graphic Heroes, Magic Monsters: prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi.” There’s a cephalopod with what looks like a naginata. There are samurai and a giant skeleton. If you can’t make it to the exhibit, see some of it here. (via [...]
Sometimes it seems like the world is an empty, awesomeless place. And then there is another clip from a Japanese variety/game show. This one involves kaiju and Ultramen.
The New York Asian Film Festival wants to help you escape joblessness, global pandemics and despair. Why don’t you let it? (Info here).
It’s a sad time for fan of martial arts and Shaw Bros. Filmmaker Ho Meng-Hua has died. Ho started in the 1950s at Cathay studios, but his wuxia and kaiju work at Shaw Bros. Studios is probably more familiar to most fans. He directed Cheng Pei-Pei and Lo Lieh in The Lady Hermit and Danny [...]
Giant animals square off in Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus. You might think Minoru Kawasaki is behind it. But you’d be wrong–Deborah “Debbie” Gibson’s behind it all. (Thanks, Steven!)
An underground monster that can’t see, but senses your steps via vibrations. A giant ape that falls in love with a woman and fights lots of dinosaurs. And a hellish creature that fights on the side of humanity against mechanical armies and wayward elves. What do these have in common? I interrupt this critical essay [...]
It’s hard to know where the art starts and ends in this story about the in-fighting in the wrestling cabaret stylings of Seattle Semi-Pro Wrestling. “It’s a bunch of grown men and women in costumes pretending to be professional wrestlers. It is to wrestling as ‘West Side Story’ is to actual gang relations.” Who knows [...]
Like King Ghidorah, Kaiju Shakedown has succumbed to market forces. Again. Hopefully like King Ghidorah, Kaiju Shakedown will rise again. Kaiju Shakedown’s writer, Grady Hendrix, is taking some time to figure out how.
Takashi Miike follows up his smart and fancy family films Great Yokai War and Zebraman with Yatterman. Looks promising–there’s a giant dog robot and a lot of leather. (What the hell, trailers for GYW and Zebraman, too).
“Giant monsters attack Flickr!” and Kung Fu Fridays is there to capture it with links anatomical drawings of kaiju and links to other galleries of monsters, Irwin Allen, architecture, 60s pop styles and all kinds of goodness.
Surrounded on all sides by awesome monsters, monstruos and kaiju, Eegah, Tabonga and Rodan do the only thing they can. They make groovy mp3′s sampling monster movie soundtracks from all over including Hammer, Toho, American International and anything a go-go or defeated by Santo.
There’s a kaiju a week at August Ragone site dedicated to Godzilla, Toho and the rubber-suited menace. Here’s his entry on an early incarnation of the three-headed fan favorite, King Ghidorah. (Warning: extreme kaiju knowledge!)
Fewdio member John Crye explains it all in his podcast, “You Will Not Make It In Hollywood.” He also talks about geekery, fan films and reminsces about a crappy movie. (And Carol warning: two segments are from “Godzilla vs. MechaRealism” and “Frank Miller’s Hot Gates”).
It’s a little Minoru Kawasaki retrospective: Calamari Wrestler (2004); Executive Koala (2005); Beetle, The Horn King (2005); Kani Goalkeeper (2006); The World Sinks Except Japan (2006).
After a space sabbatical of over 30 years, Space Monster Guilala returns in Minoru Kawasaki’s Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit, aka Guilala’s Counterattack the Toyako Summit One-Shot Crisis. The Guilala song, the suitmation, the kaiju movie white guy–It makes me feel good in too many ways to count. More here. (via Kaiju [...]
CGI almost catches up with the awesomeness of Gojira. And check out the Ifukube score, too.
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