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)

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

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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 22: Godzilla 1985 (US) (1985)

Brian and Nate tackle the “Americanized” version of The Return of Godzilla brought to us thanks to the wonderful Roger Corman (just kidding—we watch MST3K). Not even the great Raymond Burr can save this controversial film or give it a reason to exist. Listen as your intrepid hosts (politely) savage this version of the film with some well-honed riffs. Our related topics are the Japanese Asset Price Bubble, Japan Airlines Flight 123, and the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:45

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:45 – 6:32

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 6:32 – 52:54

Part 3 – Related Topic: 52:54 – 1:17:28

Closing: 1:17:28 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Eagle Marsh, Allen County, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

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

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Episode 8: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Two giant monster franchises collide in this momentous blockbuster that changed everything. Listen as Brian and Nate discuss this well-produced and entertaining parody that stars one of our favorite kaiju film characters, Mr. Tako! Our related topic is the Japanese Economic Miracle, which led to Japan becoming a global economic powerhouse.

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

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:25

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:25 – 7:07

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:07 – 45:21

Part 3 – Related Topic: 45:21 – 1:20:15

Closing: 1:20:15 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Cedar Creek, Metea County Park, Allen County, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

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

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Episode 7: Mothra (1961)

The Golden 60s begin with Mothra’s solo movie.  It’s the first film we cover written by Shinichi Sekizawa who changes the kaiju film formula forever, and the first kaiju movie in Tohoscope.  Listen to Brian and Nate as they tackle this overlooked, amazing, and high-quality kaiju masterpiece. Our related topic is the US-Japan Security Treaty and its renewal in 1960.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:48

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:48 – 6:59

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 6:59 – 42:24

Part 3 – Related Topic: 42:24 – 1:12:26

Closing: 1:12:26 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Eagle Marsh, Allen County, Indiana

Video: Brian Scherschel

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

Copyright Brian J. Scherschel

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