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)

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

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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 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

 

Host: Brian Scherschel

Co-Host: 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 21: The Return of Godzilla (1984)

We begin our two-month journey into the Heisei series of Godzilla movies. Listen as Brian and Nate 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

 

Host: Brian Scherschel

Co-Host: Nathan Marchand

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

Video: Brian Scherschel

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

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Episode 3: Gojira (1954)

In this episode we tackle the original Gojira, the movie that started it all. Because there’s so much analysis of this movie at so many other places on the Internet, we concentrate on the historical and political references, story mechanics, and cultural significance of this indispensable classic. Our related topic is part 1 of 2 of our discussion of the occupation of Japan. We lay out the basics of the occupation and how Japan was drastically changed. We will address the more negative aspects of the occupation in the next episode.

MP3:

Introduction: 0:00 – 1:44

Part 1 – Film Description: 1:44 – 5:33

Part 2 – Opinion and Discussion: 5:33 – 25:35

Part 3 – Related Topic: 25:35 – 59:57

Closing: 59:57 – End

 

Host: Brian Scherschel

Co-Host: Nathan Marchand

Editor: Brian Scherschel

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

Video: Brian Scherschel

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

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