Episode 40: Varan (1958)

Kaiju non-fiction author John LeMay joins me for a detailed analysis on the good Japanese version of Varan, and a brief review of the pain-inducing American version “Varan, the Unbelievable” starring Myron Healey from “The Unearthly” and released in theaters by the same company that gave us “The Skydivers” and “Beast of Yucca Flats”. John tells us all about the complicated story behind the making of Varan, because it was originally meant for television. We talk about Varan and his design and complicated origin. I notice the many similarities between Yuriko from this movie and Yuri from GMK (2001). The related topic for this episode is the hisabetsu-buraku (discriminated communities), who may be represented as the natives in the movie.

You can find all of John LeMay’s books on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/John-LeMay/e/B003KTW83K/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1539779359&sr=8-2.

This episode is dedicated to master prop and monster suit builder Keizo Murase.

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

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:02

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:02 – 8:01

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 8:01 – 54:51

Part 3 – Related Topic: 54:51 – 1:05:48

Closing: 1:05:48 – End

 

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Guest Co-Host: John LeMay

Video Location: Fox Island County Park (Bowman Lake), Allen County, Indiana

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

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

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Episode 39: The Mysterians (1957)

They want your land, your women, then more of your land, and, well, you get the idea. The aliens have even searched through binders full of women for very best ones. Listen as I analyze Moguera, the Markalite FAHPs, and those fabulous matte paintings! And then I’ll connect the story in the movie to contemporary events: The normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and the Soviet Union in 1956.

This episode is dedicated to eminent virtuoso actor Takashi Shimura.

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

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:35

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:35 – 10:04

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 10:04 – 33:19

Part 3 – Related Topic: 33:19 – 45:39

Closing: 45:39 – End

 

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton construction site, 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 38: Half Human (1955)

Season 2 at Kaijuvision Radio begins with the first non-Godzilla kaiju film from Toho Studios.  This Japanese take on the Abominable Snowman phenomenon is a story about the dark side of humanity.  The Japanese cut of the movie is effectively banned in Japan because of its depiction of the Ainu people as savages.  I find interesting parallels between this film and Disney’s “Song of the South” (1946), as well as “Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues” (1984), which was made famous by Mystery Science Theater 3000.  The related topic is The Genetic Origin of the Ainu People.

This episode is dedicated to the great Ishiro Honda.

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

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 4:27

Part 1 – Film Description: 4:27 – 11:08

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 11:08 – 28:57

Part 3 – Related Topic: 28:57 – 40:18

Closing: 40:18 – End

 

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: American Electric Power Building, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video Notes: The clouds in this video are part of the west edge of the remnants of Hurricane Florence, taken on September 17, 2018 in Fort Wayne.  We wish a speedy recovery to everyone effected by this disastrous hurricane.

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

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

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

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Episode 36: Godzilla (US) (2014)

In the penultimate episode of Road to Shin Godzilla Month, Nate and Brian discuss Godzilla’s return to America with Legendary Pictures’ 2014 reboot directed by Gareth Edwards.  Your hosts channel Siskel & Ebert again, only in reverse: Nate loves this film but Brian thinks it’s a mixed bag.  They also draw several literary and historical parallels—including Riki-Tiki-Tavi and Saigō Takamori, the real-life last samurai—to this movie, which launched the MonsterVerse.  While this is an American film, our related topic is the 2014 reinterpretation of Article 9 of the Japanese constitution.

Here’s the episode of the Strangers and Aliens podcast where Nate reviewed this film in 2014 with Ben Avery: http://strangersandaliens.com/2014/05/godzilla-summer-movie-series-sa127/

Next week, our Godzilla Journey comes to a head with the most in-depth analysis of Shin Godzilla you’ll hear in English.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:02

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:02 – 7:32

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:32 – 1:18:42

Part 3 – Related Topics: 1:18:42 – 1:43:30

Closing: 1:42:30 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Nathan Marchand and Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Pisgah Marsh (Pisgah Lake), Pierceton, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

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

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Episode 35: Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

At the midpoint of Road to Shin Godzilla Month, Brian and Nate come to the Millennium Series’ explosive finale, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Godzilla. Though this is the last entry of the series, it’s the first Internet Age Godzilla movie – and a valentine to G-fans. It resembles live-action anime as well as a live video game. Brian marvels at the redesign of his boy Gigan, and Nate argues that, in some ways, this is a “remake” of Destroy All Monsters that’s better than the original. Since there’s a ten-year gap in the franchise after this, our related topic is Abenomics.

This episode is dedicated to Akira Takarada.

On May 30, our Shin Godzilla episode will be the most in-depth analysis of that film in English.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:38

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:38 – 8:08

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 8:08 – 1:11:59

Part 3 – Related Topics: 1:11:59 – 1:37:13

Closing: 1:37:13 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Fish Ladder Park (Grand River), Grand Rapids, Michigan

Video: Brian Scherschel

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

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Episode 33: Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002)

Road to Shin Godzilla Month has begun! We’re counting down to our big episode on Godzilla’s latest reboot, starting with the “Kiryu Saga.”  Brian and Nate get a little Siskel & Ebert-ish as they discuss the second entry in the “Tezuka Trilogy,” which features the third incarnation of Mechagodzilla.  The movie has great cinematography and characters and some fun kaiju action, but Nate thinks the story missed some great potential with its wonderful new concept for Mechagodzilla.  Since this film once again features a strong female lead, our related topics are women in the Godzilla films and the firing of Makiko Tanaka.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:41

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:41 – 7:11

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:11 – 52:17

Part 3 – Related Topics: 52:17 – 1:46:51

Closing: 1:46:51 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Foster Park (St. Mary’s River), Fort Wayne, IN

Video: Brian Scherschel

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

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Episode 32: Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)

Turn of the Millennium Month comes to an end as Nate and Brian discuss an outlier of the Millennium Series and one of the highest-rated films in the franchise.  Directed by Shusuke Kaneko, the mastermind behind the acclaimed Heisei Gamera Trilogy, this is a complex film meditating on deep themes while also featuring incredible kaiju action, special effects, music, and characters.  It dared to make Godzilla purely evil and King Ghidorah a hero along with Mothra and Baragon (who’s sadly left out of the film’s mouthful of a title).  You’ll learn the “secret origins” of our podcast, which stems from us discussing GMK on our friends’ podcast several years ago.  Our related topics are the election of Koizumi, the U.S.S. Greenville collision, and the many events of 2001.

You can listen to that episode of Derailed Trains of Thought (hosted by Nick Hayden and Timothy Deal) here: http://derailedtrainsofthought.blogspot.com/2014/12/episode-50-guest-starringeverybody.html.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:58

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:58 – 8:39

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 8:39 – 1:05:26

Part 3 – Related Topics: 1:05:26 – 1:21:02

Closing: 1:21:02 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Trophy Point (Hudson River), West Point, New York

Video: Brian Scherschel

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

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Episode 30: Godzilla 2000 (1999)

Continuing Turn of the Millennium Month, Nate and Brian appreciate the film where Japan reintroduces us to the authentic and complex Godzilla! Godzilla 2000 actually gives us subjects to think about, and it lets us get philosophical about Godzilla’s existence. We find similarities to The Flight of the Navigator, Independence Day, and Die Hard (the explosion at the Shinjuku Sumitomo building).  Our related topic is the Tokaimura nuclear accidents.

We’d like to send a shout-out to our patrons Kyoei Toshi and Sean Stiff for pledging at the Kaiju Visionary level. Thank you for your support! We really appreciate it.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:58

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:58 – 7:38

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:38 – 1:05:14

Part 3 – Related Topics: 1:05:14 – 1:16:31

Closing: 1:16:31– End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: St. Joe Dam (St. Joseph River), Johnny Appleseed Park, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

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

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Episode 29: Godzilla (US) (1998)

It’s Turn of the Millennium Month at Kaijuvision Radio. We will cover Godzilla movies from 1998-2001 all this month every Wednesday! It’s appropriate that this is April Fools’ Day week and we’re doing the episode on the Godzilla movie made by a fool and loathed by Godzilla fans. The film is commonly referred to as GINO (Godzilla In Name Only). If you’re still wondering what we think of this movie, our “scenic” YouTube video this week is of our local landfill on a dreary, cold, humid day! Listen as Brian and Nate dispose of this movie in the cinematic landfill once and for all! Our related topics are the 1998 North Korea missile test and the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. 

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:54

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:54 – 8:08

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 8:08 – 1:09:10

Part 3 – Related Topics: 1:09:10 – 1:21:54

Closing: 1:21:54 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Republic Services Landfill, Allen County, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

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

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Episode 28: Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)

Nate and Brian come to the end of the Heisei Series with a film where—spoiler warning!—Godzilla dies. It’s one of the highest-rated Godzilla films, and with good reason. Your hosts discuss Godzilla’s death scene, the power of finality in stories, and Kazuki Omori turning Alien’s xenomorph into a kaiju (“Kaijumorph”? “Xenokaiju”?). We have also included our first behind-the-scenes bonus feature “Creating Our Film Descriptions” where we explain how we formulated our original, audience-focused part 1 film descriptions. Our related topic is the Act on National Anthem and Flag.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:40

Behind-the-Scenes Bonus Feature: Creating Our Film Descriptions: 1:40 – 14:37

Part 1 – Film Description: 14:37 – 20:28

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 20:28 – 1:15:19

Part 3 – Related Topics: 1:15:19 – 1:33:05

Closing: 1:33:05 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Video: Brian Scherschel

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

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