Japan's Favorite Mon-star: The Unauthorized Biography of "The Big G"

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ECW Press, 1998 - Performing Arts - 374 pages
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Bigger, badder, and more durable than Hollywood's greatest action heroes, Godzilla emerged from the mushroom cloud of an H-Bomb test in 1954 to trample Tokyo. More than forty years later, he reigns as the undisputed king of monsters, with legions of fans spanning several generations and countless international boundaries.

But despite his icon status, Godzilla has been consistently maligned by critics and sci-fi purists who insist that a man in a rubber suit, stomping through intricately built miniature cities, is mere cheap camp. The vast contributions to the horror cinema made by Godzilla's creators - director Ishiro Honda and SFX director Eiji Tsuburaya among them - have gone largely unnoticed in the West, and relatively little information on Japan's greatest film star has ever been published in English. Until now.

Godzilla: The Unauthorized Biography is the first authoritative guide to the Godzilla legend published in America. This thoroughly researched volume includes in-depth production details on all 22 Godzilla movies produced by Toho Co. of Japan between 1954 and 1995, including several "unmade" features, plus the upcoming May 1998 big-budget U.S. Godzilla remake by the producers of Independence Day. The book dispels the myths and illuminates the mysteries of Japan's enigmatic monstar, and is loaded with background information, trivia, and interviews with the people who created Godzilla - then and now.

  

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Review: JAPAN'S FAVORITE MON-STAR: THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF GODZILLA: An Unauthorised Biography of the Big G

User Review  - Tanya - Goodreads

Had some good information about film production and crew, but I wanted a bit more. Perhaps that's the problem when majority of your sources are in foreign languages. Maybe things get lost in translation. Read full review

Review: JAPAN'S FAVORITE MON-STAR: THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF GODZILLA: An Unauthorised Biography of the Big G

User Review  - Joey - Goodreads

Way way way way way way too much time is spent on the abortion that is the Roland Emmerich Godzilla and the Heisei era material feels like a slightly expanded wikipedia entry, but the fist half of the book focusing on the Showa era films is quite interesting and thorough. Read full review

Contents

The Godzilla Era
13
GROUND ZERO The 1950s
17
GOLDEN AGE The 1960s
77
DARK DAYS The 1970s
159
RESURRECTION The 1980s
213
SECOND COMING The 1990s
249
GODZILLA VS HOLLYWOOD The Future
319
APPENDICES
349
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Ryfle is a former Los Angeles Times reporter.

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