Episode 31: Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

Turn of the Millennium Month continues with the first of three Godzilla movies which are directed by Masaaki Tezuka and becomes the standard bearer for the Millennium Series. Brian proclaims that this movie is fantastic because Tezuka brings back many stylistic elements from the Showa series. Overall, we rate this movie as fun, smart, and ahead of its time. We pay particular attention to the Dimension Tide (the black hole gun), what Godzilla’s body slam in the fight is referencing, and how many of the Heisei issues have been fixed. Brian explains to Nate how this isn’t a revenge story (though our main character is motivated by revenge). Our related topics are Energy Use and Energy Independence in Japan and Prime Minister Mori’s gaffe.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:52

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:52 – 7:56

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:56 – 1:09:22

Part 3 – Related Topics: 1:09:22 – 1:29:27

Closing: 1:29:27 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

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Video Location: General Anthony Wayne Statue (Dedicated 1918), Freimann Square, Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Behind-the-Scenes Bonus Feature: Creating Our Film Descriptions

In 2016 and 2017, Brian and Nate spent a lot of time developing our original, signature, audience-focused film descriptions – an analysis tailored to kaiju movies in order to be able to compare these movies to each other. The goal is to to arm the listener with the facts, rather than just read a long, boring plot synopsis from a wiki site. Quick, focused, and to the point, the descriptions last an average of 5 minutes. In our first behind-the-scenes bonus feature, we discuss the process behind our state-of-the-art creation.

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Video Location: Headwaters Park, St. Mary’s River, Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Episode 21: The Return of Godzilla (1984)

We begin our two-month journey into the Heisei series of Godzilla movies. Listen as Nate and Brian elevate this unforgettable and well-made film by explaining how Japan was in the middle of the Cold War tension of the early 80s. Our related topics are the acceleration of the Cold War, NATO’s Able Archer exercise, Korean Air Lines Flight 007, and the Three Mile Island Nuclear Accident.

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 – 2:43

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:43 – 7:57

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:57 – 1:03:33

Part 3 – Related Topic: 1:03:33 – 2:00:12

Closing: 2:00:12 – End

 

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Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video 1 Location: Foster Park (St. Mary’s River), Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video 1 Timestamp: 0:00:00 – 1:28:13

Video 2 Location: The Foliatum, Headwaters Park, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video 2 Timestamp: 1:28:13 – 02:02:04

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Episode 20: Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

The Showa Series (and ‘70s month) comes to an end in this week’s episode, wherein Nate gushes over one of his favorite Godzilla films. This is a “dark™” melodrama with complex characters, lots of explosions, incredible kaiju action—and alien invaders who almost undermine the movie’s tone. Listen as Nate argues the film’s merits to Brian by connecting it to C.S. Lewis (you read that right!). Since this is the final entry in the Showa Series, our related topics are Emperor Showa’s first visit to the United States in 1971, his first press conference in 1975, and the Yasukuni Shrine.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:13

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:13 – 7:57

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:57 – 1:05:47

Part 3 – Related Topic: 1:05:47 – 1:52:50

Closing: 1:52:50 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge (St. Mary’s River), Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Episode 19: Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

The first Mechagodzilla film is roughly a spoof of James Bond and a twist on The Planet of the Apes, only the apes are alien invaders! The soundtrack fits like a glove to this gloriously campy and fun movie, made to celebrate Godzilla’s 20th anniversary.  Because this movie features an Okinawan kaiju, King Caesar, our related topic is the history and culture of Okinawa. Join Nate and Brian as they continue on with 70s Month – every 70s movie in the series in just one month. This episode is dedicated to Shinichi Sekizawa.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:49

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:49 – 6:38

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 6:38 – 51:43

Part 3 – Related Topic: 51:43 – 1:25:09

Closing: 1:25:09 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Episode 18: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

For a long time, this movie retained a part where the director said “Action” at the beginning of a scene. That fact is an indication that this movie was rushed as well as a bit careless, but it’s not all bad – and it can be funny. So funny in fact, it was a popular episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Brian and Nate discuss the infamous car chase, Easter Island, superhero wrestling action, and everything else about this glorious train-wreck. Our related topic is the history and effects of nuclear testing.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:26

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:26 – 6:10

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 6:10 – 48:58

Part 3 – Related Topic: 48:58 – 1:10:42

Closing: 1:10:42 – End

 

Correction: We originally said that the director said “Cut” at the end of a scene in the movie. He actually said “Action” at the beginning of a scene.

 

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Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Lafayette Esplanade, Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Episode 16: Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)

It’s 70s Month at Kaijuvision Radio, and we begin with the most counter-culture entry in the franchise.  We have a smog-based monster that kills hippies (and quite a few others)! Listen as Brian and Nate analyze and appreciate this fascinating and experimental film. Only Godzilla can “Save the Earth”.  Our related topics are pollution in Japan and the Two Nixon Shocks.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 2:13

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:13 – 7:37

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:37 – 46:01

Part 3 – Related Topic: 46:01 – 1:08:33

Closing: 1:08:33 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

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

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Episode 15: All Monsters Attack (1969)

Nate and Brian tackle our first postmodern Godzilla movie, and the final movie of Late 60s Month. We give this movie the appreciation it deserves, as there is plenty to analyze. Our related topics are escapism, industrial society, international bullies. There are two A-10 fighters that fly through the sky during 1:00:53-1:01:17 of the video.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:43

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:43 – 7:05

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 7:05 – 45:45

Part 3 – Related Topic: 45:45 – 1:11:37

Closing: 1:12:05 – End

 

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Video Location: Former site of General Electric, Fort Wayne, Indiana (peak employment of 20,000 workers. Shut down in 2014.)

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Episode 14: Destroy All Monsters (1968)

We swear we’re not under Kilaak control, but we are pretty big fanboys of this movie. Before Marvel Studios made “The Avengers”, there was this film, which was intended to be the culmination of the studio’s kaiju films and the Godzilla series’ grand finale. Listen to Brian and Nate gush over this fan favorite film that defies analysis. Our related topics are the 1968 student demonstrations in Japan, the Bonin (Ogasawara) Islands being returned to Japan, and the highest economic growth in Japanese history (measured by % growth).

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:36

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:36 – 6:43

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 6:43 – 41:25

Part 3 – Related Topic: 41:25 – 1:08:26

Closing: 1:08:26 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Hodell Acres, Fort Wayne, Indiana

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Episode 12: Ebirah – Horror of the Deep! (1966)

City slicker Brian and country boy Nate discuss the Godzilla film for young people with a South Seas adventure flavor.  Though it’s featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000, we conclude that this a considerably underestimated film.  Our related topic is how kaiju film audiences changed during this decade.

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 – 1:41

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:41 – 6:53

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 6:53 – 48:00

Part 3 – Related Topic: 48:00 – 1:09:59

Closing: 1:09:59 – End

 

Co-Hosts: Brian Scherschel and Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Historic Old Fort, Fort Wayne, Indiana

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