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R.I.P. Godzilla’s Soul

Posted in Asian Horror, Asian Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Foreign Horror, Giant Monsters, Godzilla, Science Fiction with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 7, 2017 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Haruo Nakajima

Having lost so many greats in a short period of time, we unfortunately have to add another legend to the list: Haruo Nakajima, 88, who brought Godzilla to life as the guy who wore the G-suit for 12 Godzilla movies in a row (though he was in 52 movies throughout his career). The only way I could come close to that was when I once wore a Godzilla tee-shirt 12 days in a row without changing it. (Didn’t have enough bling for the washing machine.)

Godzilla

Born on January 1, 1929, Nakajima became known as the best suit actor for Toho Films, beginning in 1954. He retired from crushing it after 1972’s Godzilla vs. Gigan. Little known fact: Mr. Nakajima played the head of Mothra in 1961. Easy job — someone else had to keep yanking the string to get those wings to flap. All Nakajima had to do was nod up and down, left and right. Same thing I do when at a bar and am ordering YET ANOTHER REFRESHING ADULT BEVERAGE.

Mothra

I was fortunate enough to meet Mr. Nakajima at a comic convention some years back and got an autographed pic (same as the one seen above) of him in the Godzilla suit. I wanted to try on the suit but was denied. I don’t blame Mr. Nakajima for this as Toho were being jerks that day and not letting anybody slip on the big feet to do a little Riverdancin’ all over fleeing citizens.

Godzilla vs. Hedorah

Toho did, however, keep Mr. Nakajima employed and had him working at a bowling alley in the studio lot. Appropriate in some ways — Mr. Nakajima as Godzilla used to do to buildings what bowling balls do to the pins.

Godzilla vs. Gigan

Thank you, Haruo Nakajima — you’ve given me a lifetime of reasons to sit on the couch and study your work — and how to squash buildings/fleeing citizens with style and grace.

Godzilla Vs. An Extraterrestrial Can Opener

Posted in Aliens, Asian Horror, Asian Sci-Fi, Classic Horror, Foreign Horror, Giant Monsters, Godzilla, Science Fiction with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 23, 2014 by Drinkin' & Drive-in

Godzilla vs. Gigan

The Japanese literal translation of Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972) is Earth Destruction Directive: Godzilla vs. Gigan. Cool, but a lot of syllables. The U.S. version was titled Godzilla on Monster Island. They didn’t ask me if they could change it.

Godzilla vs. Gigan

Giant insect aliens from Space Hunter Nebula-M come to Earth to colonize it (i.e., poop and pee on it). They do this by destroying everything in order to bring peace. (Big deal – we’ve already been doing that for years.) Masquerading as humans, the alien’s plans were captured on a tape recorder, and when played back, caught ears of Godzilla and Anguirus, who were hanging out on Monster Island, catching some rays.

Godzilla vs. Gigan

Godzilla sends his little beer b*tch Anguirus to check out the problem. That they do this back talking to each other – in English – really lent credibility to the plot (Their conversation sounds like something a hip-hop DJ does to vinyl.) But Godzilla knew he was gonna have to put on his work clothes and go knock boots with the aliens.

Godzilla vs. Gigan

Godzilla gets punched out and Gigan, who has a helmet with a cyclops eye, giant hook hands and a wicked neck-to-nut buzz-saw that, when activated, wrecks your shirt and everything in it, goes to mount him in a total Brokeback Mountain (2005) maneuver. That looked really uncomfortable. But the prison sex moment was interrupted by Anguirus. That was close. King Ghidorah also dog-piles on the party without being invited.

Comical over carnage, the only people watching 1970s Godzilla movies at this point were kids – and me.

Godzilla vs. Gigan