Welcome to the World of Giant Monsters
Welcome to G-FAN.com, brought to you by Daikaiju Enterprises (DKE), publisher of G-FAN magazine, the world’s only journal devoted to giant movie monsters, especially those hailing from Japan. DKE also hosts the annual convention known as G-FEST, attracting over 2000 monster fans for a weekend celebration of the genre. In 2004, DKE organized G-TOUR, a voyage to Japan, the land of Godzilla, in celebration of his fiftieth anniversary, and returned in 2011 for G-TOUR II. If you love Godzilla and other giant monsters from Japan, please explore G-FAN.com, you’ll find much of interest!
J.D. Lees – Editor and Publisher, G-FAN Magazine
Additional special guests announced for G-FEST XXII
We are proud to announce that Millennium Series Godzilla director Masaaki Tezuka will be our guest of honor at G-FEST XXII. Other special guests include actors Yukijirō Hotaru from the Heisei Gamera series, fan-favorite Robert Scott Field, and film historian August Ragone. See the Special Guests page for the full details.
Movie lineup announced for G-FEST XXII
The G-FEST double double feature returns this year to the Pickwick Theater with two different themes. “Big Bug Afternoon” will feature two American creature feature films from the 1950s: Them! and The Deadly Mantis. “Gamera 50th Anniversary” will pair up two of the giant turtle’s classics from the Showa and Heisei eras: Gamera vs. Jiger and Gamera: Guardian of the Universe. These four films will be shown on Thursday, July 9th, one pair in the afternoon and one pair in the evening. Our regular Friday and Saturday night features are Godzilla vs. Biollante on July 10th, and Godzilla X Mechagodzilla on July 11th. See all the details on the G-FEST XXII Movies page.
Secondary hotel arrangements made for G-FEST XXII
At this time, all rooms at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare are sold out. Arrangements have been made with the Comfort Inn O'Hare for additional accomodations at special rates for G-fan attendees. Go to the Hotel page for details.
Symphonic Fury! surpasses its Kickstarter goal
Thanks to the support of the fans, “Symphonic Fury! The Music of Japanese Monsters” has been successfully funded, and will take place in conjunction with G-FEST XXII on the weekend of July 10th-12th, 2015. Again, taking up the baton for the performance will be John DeSentis with an orchestra of exceptionally talented freelance musicians from the Chicago area.
This year, we will be conducting the first ever North American live performance of composer Akira Ifukube’s concert work Symphonic Fantasia, a three movement piece, featuring not only the best of his work from the Godzilla series, but also from the other Toho sci-fi films such as Atragon, The Mysterians, and War of the Gargantuas. This is only part of what is in store for you.
The first portion of the concert will focus on the incredible music of Ko Otani, the composer of the Heisei Gamera series during the 1990s, as well as Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack in 2001. This performance will be the world premiere of Mr. Otani’s kaiju scores, as they have never been performed live, not even in Japan!
Read all the details on the Kickstarter project page.
G-TOUR III an immediate sell out!
Due to overwhelming early interest, G-TOUR III, our third kaiju-themed tour of Japan has sold out! Travelers who are still interested in going are encouraged to reach out to MYK Enterprises Ltd. to get on their waiting list. If anyone pulls out of the tour, space may become available. If a significant number of people get on the list, an additional tour for the following year has been discussed. G-TOUR III will take place from July 28th through August 8th, 2015. Get ready for an amazing group adventure, visiting iconic kaiju-related landmarks and experiencing the unique culture and history of Japan. The G-TOUR III main page features the tour details, pricing, deadlines, and application form. See the G-TOUR III Itinerary page for the full tour schedule.