Archive for Tokusatsu

Gojira like you’ve never seen before!

Posted in Kaiju misc., Tokusatsu with tags , , , , , , on August 6, 2009 by REdYOdA

…just a reminder that Gojira is coming out very soon on BLU RAY!…plus some other random Gojira stuff below!

Gojira Blu Ray US Version

I knew that a few select tokusatsu films would be coming out on BLU… but since it’s now just over a month away…I thought I’d share my research on the upcoming Goji releases and Pre-Order info for you kaiju eiga lovers like me!

Pictured above is Classic Media’s version which will apparently contain both versions of the film…the original and the Raymond Burr heavily edited version. English subs and dubbed versions will be available.¬† The films will feature commentaries, trailers, and some making of featurettes…Making the Goji suit and story development, hopefully more as well . This will be Classic Media’s FIRST ever Blu Ray release!

CLICK HERE TO PRE ORDERreleases on September 22nd!

Gojira Japanese Only Blu Ray

…and now your decision gets complicated…

Official Japanese TOHO Blu Ray site…HERE.

Pictured above is the Japanese only release of Gojira. Japan’s release will NOT feature the Raymond Burr version (no surprise there!) This version will also have some awesome exclusive extras:

Theatrical Trailer (HD quality), Akira Ifukube Interview (SD quality), View Storyboards with Picture-In-Picture [NEW FEATURE!], New Version of Godzilla’s Theme (HD quality) [NEW FEATURE!], See Original Filming Locations With Snapshots (tentative) (HD quality) [NEW FEATURE!], Oxygen Destroyer (HD quality) [NEW FEATURE!], Audio Commentary (Akira Takarada)

Sounds amazing right!!??…here’s the hitch though…no subs except Japanese. ūüė¶

...unless you speak Japanese

For me this is still a no-brainer…buy both!

But seriously… I would much rather have the Japanese release…for one I understand a bit of Japanese (plus it helps you learn!)¬† and we all know the story anyways, and two, the extras here are great! Plus this Blu will fit in nicely with the other Japanese only Godzilla releases.

Gojira will be released just 4 days prior (Sept. 18th) to the US version.

Pre-order from Amazon.jp HERE! These discs are going to run you about $50 each with shipping. Just click up in the upper right of the page for English and log in with your usual Amazon ID…simple!

Click on the covers below to Pre-Order the other titles…

Godzilla vs Biollante

VS Biollante

Godzilla: Final Wars

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Both of these are also Japanese language only… but both feature great extras as well. I do not know how long it will be before (if ever) Classic Media will be able to release these other titles in the USA.

…and might as well grab all FIVE kaiju releases and save on shipping!

Click HERE for MOTHRA!  Click HERE for RODAN!

…And now more Goji!…

Making the Godzilla Suit…a great doc from Ed Godziszewski!

Mr. Godziszewski is one of very few Goji experts in the US and performed commentary for Classic Media’s previous Godzilla releases. He co-wrote the great documentary film’Bringing Godzilla Down to Size’, wrote ‘The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Godzilla’, he is also the editor & publisher of Japanese Giants Magazine, and much more!

…now for some vinyl Gojis!

Here is a great vintage 1966 Marusan Godzilla that I acquired a few months ago…(click any pic to enlarge)

1966 Marusan GodzillaMarusan 1966 Godzilla

If I had to leave in a hurry, not to come back, and could only take one toy from my collection…this would be it. This original Marusan Goji sculpt, which really bears little resemblance to t he screen Godzilla, is considered by many collectors to be the foundation of their Japanese sofubi collection.

1966 Marusan Godzilla

Other than Bandai toys…the first real kaiju fig ure I paid more ‘serious’ money for was the 1991 Bandai/Bullmark reissue of the same Godzilla sculpt as pictured above.¬† After that I was hooked. I eventually expanded my horizon into other TOHO monsters and in the last couple of years have brought more of the neo-kaiju into my collection.

This great sculpt is still produced today, 40+ years later, in sooo many colors and slight variations by toy companies like Toygraph & M1-Go.

Here’s a few more various Goji’s from my collection…and if I had the room and the money, I would most definitely try to track down all of the original Marusan & Bullmark vintage versions!

Goji and Bullmark Mini

Glow Goji with signed base

Glowies

A gaggle of Goji's

Goji will always be king!!!

Space Tokusatsu Series: Captain Ultra

Posted in Fun Stuff, Tokusatsu with tags , , , , , , , on February 10, 2009 by REdYOdA

Below are some great clips from the lesser known TOEI series “Captain Ultra”!

Captain Ultra, Huck the robot, & Joe

For tokusatsu kaiju vinyl collectors…you may notice some recognizable characters in these clips…

Garuban the Magnet Monster’s first appearance…

Clip featuring a favorite of mine… the Banderu

Ghost monster Gozura…

Shamura steps on his master…


You gotta love Metarion…

and here is the finale of the Garuban Episode…

Captain Ultra aired from April-September of 1967 with only 24 episodes. The TOEI produced tokusatsu program originally aired on TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System) and debuted on television¬†right¬†after Ultraman… but the show was soon replaced after it’s short run by Tsuburaya’s Ultra Seven.

Now for a challenge…see if you can find an original vinyl 13″ Garuban by Bullmark…very rare!

Henshin Heroes!

Posted in henshin, Kaiju misc., Tokusatsu with tags , , , , , , , on January 10, 2009 by REdYOdA

Today I thought I would just post up some great Japanese Hero TV programs that I grabbed from YouTube. Some good stuff!

No subs on these vids… but you really don’t have to be too much of a genius to figure out what’s going on.

Ten purrfect minutes of  Tetsujin Tiger Seven!

Barom-1 greatness…an absolute must see (All Demons attack!)! Part 1 of full final episode…just click thru for parts 2,3…

More Kitteh Hero! Fuun Lion Maru -Full episode (Finale) Part 1…

Super Robot Red Baron!…Not really henshin (transform)… but still super cool!

See Spiderman driving his cool car(?) in the Japanese ‘Supaidaman’…

Best Hero Hair …and the award goes to… Megaloman!…

Of course their are many many more shows,…but I’ll run out of room! I have a lot of these programs on DVD…perhaps I’ll post more later as I convert some of mine to video files.

btw…I’m busy at work on a new kaiju custom…stay tuned!



Pulgasari

Posted in Film Review, Tokusatsu, Toy Reviews with tags , , , , on January 4, 2009 by REdYOdA

Gold Pulgasari!

Pictured above: 1998 Marmit Pulgasari 9″ Gold Theater Exclusive

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Well, I’m happy to announce that my search for the Golden Pulgasari has ended!

I had a hard time tracking one of these guys down but I finally got lucky and was able to nab one…in fact Pulgasari was received on 1/2/09…therefore being the first kaiju of the New Year! I sure hope that it’s a sign of good Toy Karma to come in the following year. Though what I really need is good Cash Karma…but don’t we all.

What in the hell is a Gold Pulgasari?

Let’s rewind to South Korea circa 1978…I’ll keep this short, there is a lot more to the story, but in summary…

A highly accomplished and extremely popular South Korean film director Shin Sang-ok and his wife/actress Choi Eun-hee are kidnapped by a young North Korean tyrant-in-training by the name of…Kim Jong-il.

I love Kaiju...you capatalist scum!

I love Kaiju...you capitalist scum!

Kim Jong-il, who will soon succeed his father Kim Il-sung as the new leader of North Korea and the communist ‘Korea Worker’s Party’, feels that film will become an important piece to his communist propaganda machine.

According to Shin Sang-ok’s memoir entitled “Kingdom of Kim“, he was taken from his wife, whom he assumed was killed, while he spent up to 4 years in a North Korean prison camp…jailed until Kim Jong-il finally frees him to begin his service as a propaganda film director for the North Korean government.

Pulgasari

1983-86

Acting as producer, Kim Jong -il has Shin direct 7 movies in all…of these 7 films we now finally get to 1985’s Pulgasari…a film about a giant Bull monster that is portrayed as a¬† ‘Monster of the people‘, and meant to be a representation of the North Korean Govt. and Kim Jong-il. His giant Pulgasari will protect the oppressed people from the tortuous evil king.

Escape

Shin and his wife are finally able to flee North Korea in what seems to be something right out of a international intrigue movie…they are escorted to Vienna by Kim Jong agents for a business meeting. The two are met for lunch by a movie critic friend who has helped arrange the couples’ escape via a taxi…all the while being chased by Kim’s communist agents. The two are able to make it to the American Embassy…and freedom from their bizarre 8 year captivity.

After their embarrassing escape…Kim Jong-il shelves all Shin films…including Pulgasari.

More on Pulgasari…

I’ve watched this film a couple of times, and imo it’s really not that bad. One very interesting fact about the film is that Kim-Jong-il and Shin Sang-ok were able to bring over quite a few Japanese crew from TOHO’s Godzilla to help with the film… after guaranteeing their safety with the Japanese govt. In fact, the man-in-suit for Pulgasari is none other than Kenpachiro Satsuma,who was fresh from donning the G-suit for 1984’s ‘Return of Godzilla’…and would continue¬† to portray Gojira¬† in 7 more films up until 1995.

I was going to go thru the entire film, but guess what…you can watch the entire film yourself on Google video!

Watch it HERE!

Here are a few screen-grabs for ya’ though…

Pulgasari is formed from rice and mud by an imprisoned and dying man

Pulgasari is formed from rice and mud by an imprisoned and dying man

All done.

All done.

Brought to life by a drop of blood...baby Pulgasari!

Brought to life by a drop of blood...baby Pulgasari!

Pulgasari actually EATS iron to grow big and strong!

Pulgasari actually EATS iron to grow big and strong!

Evil King has a new WMD to use against Pulgasari!

Evil King has a new WMD to use against Pulgasari!

Bring it.

Bring it.

Watch the film to find out the ending…of course it’s bizarre!

Vinyls

There are very few Pulgasari vinyls available…all by Marmit , that I am aware of. A painted version of the 9″ one I have pictured above and another black 9″ painted version not pictured in the ClubTokyo link. There is also another smaller sculpt from their Para-Baby line that showcases Pulgasari in it’s beginning infant form, available in 2-3 colors including gold. The gold Pulgasari I have pictured is a theater exclusive that was available at a 1998 Japanese screening of the film. Note the elbow articulation as well…something you don’t normally see in Marmit’s figures.

It’s not so much the sculpt of this figure that drew me to it, though it is pretty cool in hand, but more the whole crazy back-story and the fact that it’s kaiju from North Korea…probably the only giant monster from that country that we will ever see.

King Caesar and Pulgasari compare their Gold finishes…

King Ceasar is easily excited.

We want your women…

Posted in Film Review, The Kaiju Art Collection, Tokusatsu with tags , , , , on December 29, 2008 by REdYOdA

Just 5 of them...is that so much to ask???

The Mysterians!

New for the Kaiju Art Collection from the 1957 TOHO film: “Earth Defense Force“. The image above is one of the film’s alien baddies known as a ‘Mysterian’ from the U.S. release in 1959… “The Mysterians“.

A small request…

After destroying their own planet ‘Mysteroid‘ with wars, the helmeted humanoid aliens escape to Mars for a rather lengthy stay. The Mysterians decide to leave Mars eons later to head for planet Earth, why you may ask? I guess…though it is never explained...they decide to leave Mars because they have one major problem…theirs is a dying species without women to perpetuate their dwindling numbers!

Having landed on Earth, they make their case known, with a little show of power by a giant robot they bring a long named ‘Moguera‘.

All we want is 3 kilometers of land…and uhh…
That's cool...right?

This early tokusatsu film really is great fun to watch…fantastic aliens, bizarre costumes, and the aforementioned giant robot: Moguera (who btw is the first giant robot in a TOHO film!) Heck, it’s made by the same TOHO super team of¬† Tanaka/Honda/Tsuburaya/Ifukube that brought Gojira to life!¬† The film also features a lot of returning cast that you’ll recognize from the original 1954 Godzilla… including the lovely heroine of both films: Momoko K√īchi.

Hiroko gets snatched…

I like your other helmet soo much better!

Moguera…maybe not the most terrifying giant robot we’ve ever seen…

Don't let appearances fool you!

The figure used for the Mysterian image at the top of this post is the great M1-Go 2001 release with blue cape and helmet (M1 also released red and yellow versions as in the film).

Here is the English trailer for the ’59 release of “The Mysterians”…

Dr. Gori

Posted in Kaiju misc., The Kaiju Art Collection, Tokusatsu with tags , , , , , on December 8, 2008 by REdYOdA

I will RULE the WORLD!!!

New for the Kaiju Art Collection…It’s the evil Dr. Gori!

…Who just happens to prefer pink pant suits.

I used CCP Toys great 8″ Dr. Gori vinyl from the Spectreman series for the image above.

There is more info on Gori from a previous post HERE.

Larger version + a mug shot over at the flickr Gallery.

The real Dr. Gori…

Blondes have more evil fun!

Dr. Gori is not the first Japanese villain…or Hero to sport the golden locks.

There is also the solid gold giant Ambassador Magma (aka Goldar in the US) from Space Giants…
Click pic for a short vid of the golden Ambassador…
Don't hate me because I'm prettier than you.

Plus we can’t forget the 80’s rock band hair of Megaloman!
More video…click the pic…
You should see the size of my blow dryer!

Why blond wigs on Japanese Heroes and Villains??…good question. I’m sure they have their reasons…perhaps budget restraints, I just don’t know. I always kind of thought that… living in a nation that is predominately populated with persons of all black hair and brown eyes…using blond or white hair really added to the exoticism of the character. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe the producer/ directors just think blond wigs look cool on gorillas…I guess we may never know.

I must say that they did make an excellent choice for Dr. Gori’s sidekick Karas’s look…

“Shiiiit. I ain’t wearin’ no fool wig…Fool”

Shiiit...I aint wearin' no fool wig...fool.

Jujin Yuki Otoko Figures

Posted in Kaiju misc., Toy Reviews with tags , , , , , on December 5, 2008 by REdYOdA

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From the 1955 Japanese film ‘Jujin Yuki Otoko’ (Monster Snow Man) …that has been banned in Japan for decades!

I bought this figure some time ago and just released it from storage. I wasn’t quite sure what it was when I bought it…some strange Yeti looking dude holding a dead rabbit..??? Strange enough for me to pick up! Header card pictured above.

X-Plus Abominable Snow Boy

With a little research, I found out that it is one of two figures released by Osaka Japan’s X-Plus to commemorate the US version of the film entitled ‘Half Human’. The¬† X-Plus figures pictured below are the 12″ version of the adult ‘Abominable Snowman’ figure that included two interchangeable torsos that feature different facial expressions…but sans dead rabbit…

I stole this pic..I’d give credit, but I’m not sure where I got it…
Why not just have 2 inter-changeable head sculps? Odd.

Why not just have 2 inter-changeable head sculpts? Odd.

The top figure¬† is the ‘Son’ of the Abominable snowman, complete with dead rabbit carcass…and as an added bonus the dead rabbit articulates at the waist…so you can twist it’s legs into unnatural positions…why???…I really don’t know, but it greatly adds to the bizarr0 factor imo.

The 7″¬† ‘Son’ figure was produced in 1998 and was available in another colorway (brown), the figure pictured is the ‘grey’ version.

The 1955 Film

I have yet to see this movie. It’s quite hard to come by, and I just refuse to watch the 1958 U.S. hack job called¬† ‘Half Human‘. The American version cuts appx. an hour of footage from the original and splices in David Carradine as the narrator and star.

The 1955 Japanese original film ‘Jujin Yuki Otoko‘ was made right on the heels of the succesful¬† ‘Gojira‘ by the legendary monster-movie-making super team:¬† Ishiro Honda (Dir.), Tomoyuki Tanaka (Prod.), and Eiji Tsuburaya (SFX).

Original Poster

The film was banned for public viewing¬† in Japan due to scenes in the film that¬† depict a ‘native tribe’ that too closely resembled Japan’s oldest indigenous inhabitants, living in the northernmost region of the country,…the Ainu,¬† who primarily reside in Hokkaido.

The ‘native tribe’ depicted¬† in the film is portrayed as mindless savages…which the Anui surely are not. There has been a long history of prejudice in Japan towards the native Japanese Ainu and Burakumin peoples.

Hopefully. I’ll run across a copy of this film in the near future and be able to give a better review and perhaps post a few scenes. I do dig the figures though!

I’m going to go pose my dead rabbit now…