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

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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

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Episode 46: Atragon (1963)

Come for the Gotengo.  Stay for the patriotism vs. nationalism/imperialism parable. What do you get when you combine Ishiro Honda, Shinichi Sekizawa, and at least seven different sea-related fictional stories? This movie, that’s what. It’s filled with juicy layers of rich historical symbolism, so Kaijuvision Radio is the place to get the full analysis. The related topics for this episode are Hiroo Onoda and Japanese Holdouts.

This episode is dedicated to the great character actor Jun Tazaki.

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 – 1:30

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:30 – 8:52

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 8:52 – 33:19

Part 3 – Related Topic: 33:19 – 47:17

Closing: 47:17 – End

 

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

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

Video Notes: Wind advisory conditions made the clouds move fast for this video.

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Episode 45: Matango (1963)

Hop aboard the Affluenza Maru (or the S.S. Affluenza) for this morality fable.  It’s a Kaijuvision Christmas! Coincidentally, I’m doing the movie that decries consumerism during the busiest shopping period of the year.  Matango, the most Hitchcockian movie of this season, is a monumental achievement by Ishiro Honda and company. Your band name of the day: Skulking Transitional Matango.  Listen as I connect Matango to The Grinch, Gilligan’s Island, The Odyssey, Metropolis, and South Park!  The related topics for this episode are Westernization and globalization, which the movie alludes to at the very end.

This episode is dedicated to renowned producer Tomoyuki Tanaka.

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 – 2:12

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:12 – 9:52

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 9:52 – 32:45

Part 3 – Related Topic: 32:45 – 54:19

Closing: 54:19 – End

 

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: PNC Building, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video Notes: On the side of Fort Wayne’s 2nd tallest building, this large and old display of Christmas lights used to be on the side of the famous Wolf & Dessauer Department Store, which existed until 1962.

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

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Episode 44: Gorath (1962)

And now it’s time to appreciate the immense imaginative power of Gorath! When it comes to mind-bending Toho technology, rows of atomic-powered thrusters nearly the size of New Mexico in Antarctica is on par with the Dimension Tide black hole gun from Godzilla vs. Megaguirus –and I love both of these inventions! A special effects tour de force, Gorath is everything that a toku fan would want. It even has a kaiju – Maguma! Well, the Japanese version does, at least. The English language version is the very definition of mediocrity. The related topic for this episode is Near-Earth Objects (NEOs),Planetary Defense, and other scientific aspects related to Gorath.

This episode is dedicated to Ryo Ikebe.

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 – 1:40

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:40 – 8:28

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 8:28 – 42:10

Part 3 – Related Topic: 42:10 – 58:20

Closing: 58:20 – End

 

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Video Location: Rousseau Centre (left) and First Financial Center at the Anthony Wayne Building (center right), Fort Wayne, Indiana

Video Notes: The Rousseau Centre (completed in 1971) and the Anthony Wayne Building (completed in 1964) are examples of mid to late 1960s architecture.

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

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

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Episode 42: Battle in Outer Space (1959)

Daniel DiManna of the Godzilla Novelization Project comes back to the show to review this tokusatsu extravaganza. The film is based in science-fiction, action, and Ishiro Honda’s particular brand of optimistic pacifism. With the combination of superb models and vehicles, top-notch effects, and a unique fast-paced story, the movie does everything well all at once. We discuss how cool it would be to be inside the theater that gets destroyed by an absolute zero weapon in the movie you’re watching in it, Yoshio Tsuchiya’s mind control adventure, and militarizing the crap out of the space program in the name of peace. The related topic for this episode is the Space Race between the United States and the Soviet Union.

You can find Daniel DiManna’s Godzilla Novelization Project here:

godzillanovelizationproject.wordpress.com

This episode is dedicated to Eiji Tsuburaya.

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 – 2:36

Part 1 – Film Description: 2:36 – 7:10

Part 2 – Opinion and Analysis: 7:10 – 1:41:23

Part 3 – Related Topic: 1:41:23 – 1:59:17

Closing: 1:59:17 – End

 

Host/Editor/Director/Scenic Videos: Brian Scherschel

Guest Co-Host: Daniel DiManna

Video Location: Lincoln Bank Tower, Fort Wayne, Indiana

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

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

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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)

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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)

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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

Video: Brian Scherschel

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

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