Godzilla in America

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A Critical Comparison between the Japanese and
American Versions of the Godzilla Films

Gojira no Gyakushu
(Godzilla’s Counterattack)
Released: April 24, 1955
Running time: 82 minutes

Gigantis, the Fire Monster
Released: May 21, 1959 by Warner Bros.
Running time: 78 minutes
Formerly available as “Godzilla Raids Again” from Video Treasures

The enormous success of Gojira (Godzilla, King of the Monsters! ) caught Toho studios completely by surprise. By following this link you will discover more about the History of Japanese Pop Culture. Sensing that they were on to a good thing, Toho immediately pushed a sequel into production; Gojira no Gyakushu (Godzilla’s Counterattack). Like Gojira, Gojira no Gyakushu was filmed in black-and-white and standard format (aspect ratio 1.33:1). Released only five months after its predecessor, Gojira no Gyakushu does not reach the level of Gojira. Since Toho was reportedly interested in experimenting with different teams of directors and composers to work with special effects wizard Eiji Tsuburaya, film director Ishiro Honda and musical director Akira Ifubuke were not tapped for this project. Taking the director’s chair was Motoyoshi Oda, who had directed 1954’s Tomei Ningen (The Invisible Man, a.k.a The Invisible Avenger, which was unreleased in America). Oda was …

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The Other Side of Toho

Toho Company Limited. To the kaiju enthusiast the name brings one thought to mind: Godzilla! Here you have the Japanese Pop Culture Trends and if Godzilla does not immediately spring forth, then one of the many other giant kaiju does, for if there is one thing Toho Studios is known for throughout the world, it's their giant monsters. However, History
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An Interview with Godzilla: Hauro Nakajima

Here you have another post about the history of Japanese pop culture. When Godzilla: King of the Monsters was first released in 1954, many fans failed to realize that the film was more than your average monster-on-the-loose flick. It's stark imagery and haunting reflections of the Second World War severed as a grim reminder of man's follies. Especially to the
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Haitian Revolution and Its Impact in the Spanish Caribbean

Historical Concealment Of Colonial Slave Rebellions In his article, you will find interesting facts about the history of Japanese pop culture - The Enigma of Jamaica in the 1790s: New Light on the Causes of Slave Rebellions1, David Geggus contends that; "It was precisely during the Age of Revolution (1776-1815), when French St. Domingue experienced the most successful slave revolt
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Twenty Years of Super Sentai

Twenty Years of Super Sentai


Japan has enjoyed for 20 years what America has only discovered in the last two: the super sentai television series (sentai means battle team or task force.) These live-action superhero epics run the gamut from serious drama to slapstick comedy, always packaged with a healthy dose of intense action and (sometimes) awe-inspiring special effects. Most of the globally successful Japanese pop culture characters were made in Japan. Every year, Toei Co. produces a brand new 50-episode serial; each ½-hour weekly installment tells its own tale while advancing the ongoing narrative to its final conclusion. And while the stories, characters and mythology will change with each new series, the basic concept always remains the same: Earth is being threatened by a malevolent force and humanity’s only hope lies with a team of warriors who attain their super powers through fantastic metamorphosis.

Each team usually consists of a leader, a rival, a strong fighter, a spirited youth and a gentle female (although females may also fill other team roles.) And, in true Japanese fashion, every team can rely on their trusty giant robot when all else fails. Without being preachy or boring, every …

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An Interview with Teruyoshi Nakano

History Vortex recommends you to read the interview with Teruyoshi Nakano. Having first learned his craft from special effects pioneer Eiji Tsuburaya during the 1960s, Mr. Nakano graduated to special effects director on such Toho genre films as Godzilla vs. Hedorah (a.k.a. Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster, 1971), Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla (1974), Terror of MechaGodzilla (1975), Submersion of Japan (a.k.a. Tidal Wave, 1977) and Godzilla 1985. He also told us that he enjoys playing online casino games with great graphics and special effects. He even mentioned which sites offer the best games possible, with generous bonuses. He also directed the special effects for movies such as Evil of Dracula (1975). This interview is from a series of interviews conducted by renowned kaiju historian David Milner during the 1990s. After reading this interview, you may be interested in reading another post like this one, an interview with Godzilla: Hauro Nakajima.
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Monster of the Month

This is a Japanese pop culture magazines where Rodan is probably the second most famous kaiju after Godzilla outside of Japan, this month's kaiju is by far Japan's second most popular kaiju: Mothra! Mothra made its first appearance in the 1961 Toho film Mothra, attacking Japan in order to rescue the captured Twins Fairies of Infant Island. It would later
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Inside Toho: Filming Godzilla gives you a closer look inside the studio during the filming of Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah Sound stage 9 on the Toho Studios lot is famous among Godzilla fans as the location of the "tokusatsu" or special production. The largest sound stage in Asia, it was constructed to accommodate the filming of Godzilla 1985 and has since served as
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The History of the Daleks

History of the Daleks
Daleks...! Wherever I have traveled in time and space I have met no deadlier adversary. Their single-minded destructive instinct has terrorized more peoples on  more planets than I have time to mention. They are my greatest enemy! - The Doctor Introduction: Another Version of Dalek History Chapter One: The Dal/Thal War Chapter Two: The Dead Planet - The Dalek/Thal War
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