Episode 53: Space Amoeba (1970)

It’s the last Toho classic kaiju movie, and there’s so much to like! The engaging cinematography and Kenji Sahara’s performance as Obata are two of the best things. And there aren’t any annoying squeaky-voiced little kids either! The subtle symbolism regarding Chinese Communism in the story and the kaiju is fascinating. Celebrate the end of an era with me, as I elevate this overlooked yet fun kaiju entry.

The related topic for this episode is Japanese Colonialism in Oceania.

This episode is dedicated to Akira Kubo.

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patrons Kyoei Toshi and Sean Stiff. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:22

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:22 – 14:28

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 14:28 – 45:16

Part 3 – Related Topic: 45:16 – 1:07:58

Closing: 1:07:58 – End

 

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: St. Mary’s River, Allen County, Indiana

Music: Audiophiliac (www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

“Torii Gate” Banners: Kevin Geary (kevincgearydesign.com)

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Episode 52: Latitude Zero (1969)

Get into the bath of immunity, then put on your gold or vinyl outfit and prepare yourself for an overwhelmingly positive review of this humorous and underrated piece of Toho history! While the Americans and Japanese on the production staff got into frequent arguments, at least the costume department had fun! Unlike the painfully square reporter Perry Lawton, I’d have stayed in Latitude Zero and never returned to the surface. Though this film didn’t perform well, it holds a special place in the hearts of many tokusatsu fans. I showcase the American actors and put the story into context by relating it to similar adventure and Utopian literature and movies.

The related topic for this episode is The South China Sea Disputes – with Google Earth Pro video on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q-v_DlTVeI

The YouTube video of only part 3 with Google Earth video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfOVZTItHjE

This episode is dedicated to Joseph Cotten, Cesar Romero, Patricia Medina, and Richard Jaeckel.

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patrons Kyoei Toshi and Sean Stiff. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.

Full Episode (Parts 1/2/3) YouTube Video:

Separate Part 3 Google Earth YouTube Video:

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:11

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:11 – 10:16

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 10:16 – 41:01

Part 3 – Related Topic: 41:01 – 1:02:23

Closing: 1:02:23 – End

 

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Bloomingdale Park (St. Mary’s River), Fort Wayne, Indiana

Music: Audiophiliac (www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

“Torii Gate” Banners: Kevin Geary (kevincgearydesign.com)

Logos: Nanoparticles (www.fiverr.com/nanoparticles)

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Episode 51: Godzilla: King of the Monsters (US) (2019)

A lot of critics know and understand the basics of the 1954 Godzilla, but they have less of an understanding of what makes a great Godzilla sequel. This movie has by far the most Toho magic of any non-Japanese Godzilla movie to date. I address the box office, the critical reviews, and how the way this film was edited is a big reason for the film’s underperformance.  The related topic for this episode is eco-terrorism and climate change.

This episode is dedicated to director Michael Dougherty.

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patrons Kyoei Toshi, Sean Stiff, William Mize, and Eric White. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:16

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:16 – 12:14

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 12:14 – 1:16:53

Part 3 – Related Topic: 1:16:53 – 1:38:49

Closing: 1:38:49 – End

 

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Lincoln Bank Tower (left), Allen County Courthouse (center), and The PNC Building (right)

Music: Audiophiliac (www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

“Torii Gate” Banners: Kevin Geary (kevincgearydesign.com)

Logos: Nanoparticles (www.fiverr.com/nanoparticles)

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Episode 49: Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)

I address the film’s depiction of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, and how that scene is edited for the English-language version. Frankenstein is a stand-in for atomic bombing victims in this movie. I’ll pay attention to the scientific ethics explored in the story too. This movie is when screenwriter Takeshi Kimura started using a pseudonym, and with this movie, I don’t blame him. The related topic for this episode is Ryuichi Shimoda et al. v. The State, the case where atomic bomb victims sued for reparations.

This episode is dedicated to Showa era screenwriter Takeshi Kimura.

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patron Sean Stiff for donating at the Kaiju Visionary level and William Mize for donating at the Kaiju Commander level. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:38

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:38 – 10:18

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 10:18 – 38:21

Part 3 – Related Topic: 38:21 – 46:58

Closing: 46:58 – End

 

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Music: Audiophiliac (www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

“Torii Gate” Banners: Kevin Geary (kevincgearydesign.com)

Logos: Nanoparticles (www.fiverr.com/nanoparticles)

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Episode 48: Dogora, the Space Monster (1964)

Robert Dunham has always impressed me with his performance in this movie! And his ability to speak Japanese adds to the flavor of this entertaining classic Sekizawan kaiju movie. I examine the underappreciated Mark Jackson character. I zero in on the diamond heist plot and explain why it’s in the movie, because it takes up a lot of time. I connect this movie to The Pink Panther (1963) and other classic movies that influenced it. The related topic for this episode is the Liancourt Rocks Dispute.

This episode is dedicated to Robert Dunham and Yosuke Natsuki.

I’d like to send a shout-out to our patron Sean Stiff for donating at the Kaiju Visionary level and William Mize for donating at the Kaiju Commander level. Thank you for your support! I really appreciate it.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:43

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:43 – 8:47

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 8:47 – 37:34

Part 3 – Related Topic: 37:34 – 51:26

Closing: 51:26 – End

 

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

Music: Audiophiliac (www.fiverr.com/audiophiliac)

“Torii Gate” Banners: Kevin Geary (kevincgearydesign.com)

Logos: Nanoparticles (www.fiverr.com/nanoparticles)

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