Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men: The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda

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AuthorHouse, 2009 - Performing Arts - 282 pages
““Brothers shows a great deal of love in detailing each individual film.” – Toho Kingdom. “His work on the Japanese monster genre is as epic as the movies themselves.” --Diabolique. “It's pretty much your only bet for a well-rounded summation of Ishiro Honda's life and films in print at this point."" – Otaku USA Magazine. ""For the serious lover of kaiju movies, Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men - The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda is worthy of your time and attention . . . long overdue.""– Cinefantastique. ""Beautifully-written, thoughtful examination of the career of one of Japan's -- and the world's -- most thoughtful hard-working directors, a book long lacking in the English language. Peter H. Brothers has done a phenomenal job bringing Honda a proper measure of respect in the English-speaking world, where Honda has long languished due to the perception that Godzilla is just ‘kid stuff.’ If you have even the slightest interest in Japan's fantasy cinema, this book is an excellent starting point and reference guide. I strongly recommend it."" – Radiation-Scarred Reviews. For the first time a book is now available on the Japan's foremost director of Fantasy Films: MUSHROOM CLOUDS AND MUSHROOM MEN – The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda by Peter H. Brothers (AuthorHouse, ISBN: 978-1-4440-2771-1). Known primarily for directing such classic Japanese monster movies as Rodan, Mothra, Attack of the Mushroom People and the original Godzilla, Ishiro Honda (1911 – 2011) has been an overlooked figure in mainstream international cinema. MUSHROOM CLOUDS AND MUSHROOM MEN is the first book to cover in English print Honda's life -- including his heretofore untold military service in Japan's Imperial Army during World War II -- as well as the first to comprehensively cover all 25 of his fantasy, science-fiction and monster movies. It is also the first to give objective and critical analysis of Honda's filmmaking methods, themes, concepts, as well as his relationships with his actors and staff. Making use of extensive interviews from Honda’s colleagues, as well as a wealth of original source material never before gathered into one volume including unpublished essays, MUSHROOM CLOUDS AND MUSHROOM MEN is an affectionate tribute to the most-prolific and influential director in the history of fantasy films.

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The first 60 pages was a pretty good biography of Honda, a company-man studio director ground down by the increasing juvenility of the Godzilla movies. However, the rest of the book is write-ups of ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Peter H. Brothers is an actor and freelance writer who has studied Honda's films for many years. As one of the original staff writers on the legendary fanzine, Japanese Giants, he has written numerous articles on the director's films for over 30 years for such periodicals as Cult Movies, Fantastic Films, G-Fan and Scarlett Street. He has also lectured extensively on the making of the original Godzilla film at numerous science-fiction conventions. He resides in Southern California.

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