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Japanese Fantasy Film Journal 12

Japanese Fantasy Film Journal 12

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Welcome
to the twelfth issue of
The
Japanese Fantasy Film Journal (pronounced "jay-eff-eff-jay") which could•oreappropriately be subtitled
"Every
thing
You Wanted to Know About Japanese
Fantasy
Films." The reason for the aggregation of material is a result ofthe deletion of the
GORATH
article dueto the unwillingness of the author tocomplete the manuscript in spite ofcontinued promises by Mr. Greg Feret todo so. Had I additional material andinformation, or even a
print
of thefilm, I might have been able to writethe remainder of the piece. Realizing
tfie
inevitable, I gathered up all a-vailable articles which you are soon to
read.
They
encompass quite a bit ofterritory on the fantasy filmmaking industry in
Japan.
To know only theirfilms is not necessarily to understandtheir background: the business, thecountry itself or its people. Alsomight I suggest your seeking otherreading related to the Japanese cinemawhich should enable you to better appreciate what you are viewing at theatres or on television.
The
fantasy scene is quite visiblein
Japan,
although we foreigners arebarely able to perceive this freneticactivity since American distributors'myopic viewpoint can only perceive
film
fare from Japan in terms of giant liz
ards.
Animation, good and bad, is beingproduced in its largest volume ever,most of this for broadcast, with epi
sodes
from various series compiled fortheatrical release being a popularlyprofitable avenue for the filmmakers.
Rumors
about a new Godzilla
film
have
been rampant for the last several years. The antedeluvian menace wasto have fought space monsters, devils,antagonists relevant to the then current cinema craze. Let the rumors
cease.
The leviathan, apparently
still
the good guy, is to be a hero of a nuclear power
plant
accident in his next
film
assignment currently in the midstof script writing. Tomoyuki Tanaka,president of
Toho
International, whenasked if the project would also dealwith current fears of a third world
war,
food and energy shortages, andearthquakes, replied,'"I don't thinkwe'll be all
that
logical." Yet Tanakafeels
that
while the
film
may be shorton logic, it
will
be handled in a serious vein. "Just
like
the
first
moviewhich was a reaction to uncontrolledatomic bomb testing in the atmosphere,"said Tanaka. "The Japanese are nowfearful of the future much as at thetime of the 1954 film."Said Ishiro Honda, director ofmost of Toho's more memorable genreentries and of the last Godzilla film:
"We
went downhill in the last five or
six
pictures." Like Tanaka, Honda'sopinion implies a more sincere approach
will
be maintained in the production.It is assuredly time our favorite monster is afforded the integrity he haslong deserved. But let us not hold ourcollective breaths.
Jim
Garrison
DAIEI:
A
HISTORY
OF THE
GREATER
JAPAN
MOTION
by Greg Shoemaker 10
PICTURE
COMPANY.
The erratic, often pioneering years of Gamera's creator
EIJI TSUBURAYA
16
A
reprinted article issued upon completion of the
Toho
film
THE
LAST
WAR
GHIDRAH
ON FILM by Tom Rogers 18
The
triple
threat's persistence of vision at work and play on Ogasawara
THE
SUPERHERO
by Greg Shoemaker 19Follow-up information to THE
SUPERHERO: JAPAN'S INTERPRETATION,
JFFJ
#11
GODZILLA
AND
POSTWAR JAPAN
by Jon Inoue 35
GOJIRA,
a
trifle
more complex than Joseph E. Levine led us to believe...
INNERVIEW
4Miscellania on fantasy filmmaking in
Japan:
music, existentialism, etc.
ORIENT EXPRESS
8
On
a fantasy production from a non-Japanese Far East studio: THE
PHOENIX
CLOSEUP:
FAR
EAST REPORT
21
A
film
update. All the news
that fits,
including features and television
TRIVIA
38
The
nonessentials
that
make Japanese films and fandora more interesting?
BLOOD
25
BELLADONNA
26
BRIDE
FROM HADES
27
LEGEND
OF
DINOSAURS
AND
MONSTER
BIRDS 28
WEIRD
TRIP
30
THE
LAST
DINOSAUR
31
THE
POSSESSED
32
TELEVERSION:
.SUBMERSION
OF
JAPAN
by
Barry Schlacter 33
FRONT
COVER:
"Majin" by Canadian
artist
Rob Macintyre
BACK
COVER:
Publicity art for Taiwan's THE
PHOENIX
by Boris Vallejo
EDITOR
AND
PUBLISHER:
Greg Shoemaker
NUMBER
12;
$2.00
All material herein
COPYRIGHT© 
1979 by Greg Shoemaker unless otherwise indicated.
JFFJ
is published irregularly at
3235
Collingwood Blvd., Toledo, Ohio
43610
USA and is on sale at these locations: AS Editions France, 9 rue du Midi,92 200 Neuilly, France; Spaceage Bookshop, 317 Swanston St., Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Cinemabilia, 10 West13th St., New
York,
New
York
10011 USA; Reid Books, 2 E. Mosman St., Mosman Bay, Australia; Real Free Press (Foundation) INT., Oude Nieustraat, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
CONTRIBUTIONS
are welcome, but contact with editor priorto formulation of project is requested. Payment for published material is two copies of issue in-which your articleor art sees
print.
DISPLAY
AD
RATES:
Please contact the editorial office.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:
Fred Chodkowski; William
Mezzano;
Unijapan Film; Variety; Alain Schlockoff; Johnny Hart; Kim Okabe of Field Newspaper Syndicate; Horacio Higuchi; Toshi'yuki Shigeta; Sakf
Hijirt;
Hajime Ishfda; Hfdeki Murata; Masao Kono; Jeff Moore; August Ragone;
Tise
Va-himagi; Patric Scott of Cinema International Corporation, England; Roger Allison; Tetsuo Ueda of
Toho
Co., Ltd., LosAngeles; Hiroyuki Chujo of Shochiku Co., Ltd.,
Japan;
Kaori Yamaguchi of Daiei Motion Picture Co., Ltd.,
Japan;
Nippon Herald Films; Doug Pelton; Werner Lehman;
Bill
Gudmundsun; Noboru Tsuburaya of Tsuburaya Production Co., Ltd.,
Japan;
Tamotsu Higuchi of
Toei
Co., Ltd., New
York;
Worldvision Enterprises, Inc.; Hammer Films, Inc., England;Walter Newkirk of Cinema Shares International Distribution Corporation; Lawrence Steven Meyers of JAD Films International, Inc.; Sanny Kao of Eastern Media Inc.,
Taiwan;
Margaret Cheung of Shaw Bros., Hong Kong.
DEDICATION
ofthis issue goes to
artist
Tim Johnson whose talent {and patience) brought new
life
to this publication. Gratitude isalso extended to Hiroyuki Chujo of Shochiku, Patric Scott of Cinema International Corporation and
Tetsuzo
Ueda fortheir gracious assistance toward producing this issue of the Japanese Fantasy Film Journal. And to my Toledo friends.
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