English | December 25th, 2016 | ASIN: B01MU4I1TF, ISBN: 1541144317 | 156 Pages | AZW3 | 0.49 MB
So, think you know all there is to know about the Heisei and Millennium Godzilla and Gamera films? Think you couldn't possibly learn anything new about them?
Think again, this sequel to The Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies Vol 1: 1954-1980 picks up in 1984 covering not only The Return of Godzilla, but even the kaiju space whales of Sayonara Jupiter. From there explore the bizarre history of Pulgasari (1985) shot in North Korea by a director kidnapped by Kim Jong-Il, then take a dip with the plesiosaur prop from Toho's aborted Nessie movie used in Princess from the Moon (1987). Next up, chart the highs and lows of Toho's Heisei Godzilla series and Yamato Takeru (1994). Witness the ascension of Gamera and Mothra after the death of Godzilla in 1995's Godzilla vs. Destroyah.
Then wonder at the many strange dai-kaiju eiga produced after the Millennium Godzilla series finished its run such as Big Man Japan (2007) and Monster X Strikes Back (2008). Still think you know it all about dai kaiju eiga? Did you know the original story concept for Mothra 3 had the big bug battling Rodan in feudal Japan? Or that Yumi Kanayama was the first ever female suit performer as Super Gyaos in Gamera Guardian of the Universe? Did you know 1984's The Return of Godzilla actually evolved from an attempt to revive 1955's aborted Bride of Godzilla script? Or that the 1998 Godzilla actually caused popular toy company Trendmasters to go bankrupt? If you think you've already read every good book on Japanese Giant Monsters, think again!