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Archive: G-FEST XVII Movies

The G-FEST double double feature was brought back by popular demand. For those who couldn’t get enough big screen kaiju action, we once again sponsored a one day mini film festival at the Pickwick Theater. Four movies (two double bills) were shown on Thursday, July 8th, one pair in the afternoon and one pair in the evening, as well as our regular Friday and Saturday night features.

Son of Godzilla

Son of Godzilla

Kaiju Eiga Film Fest
Released in 1967, Son of Godzilla is the second film in the “island” trilogy, featuring Godzilla in the role of paternal protector. Jun Fukuda returned to direct this colorful, action packed entry, with impressive special effects work by Sadamasa Arikawa, accompanied by an upbeat, jazzy score by Masaru Sato.

Thursday afternoon, July 8th at 1:30 PM

Godzilla vs. Mothra

Godzilla vs. Mothra

Kaiju Eiga Film Fest
Godzilla vs. Mothra was the fourth in the Heisei series, and Toho’s nineteenth Godzilla film. Released in 1992, it saw the return of one Godzilla’s classic foes, Mothra as well as a new kaiju, Battra. Koichi Kawakita’s excellect effects work would continue, as well as a powerful score by the master, Akira Ifukube.

Thursday afternoon, July 8th at 3:00 PM

Godzilla 2000

Godzilla 2000

Kaiju Eiga Film Fest
After a five year hiatus (not counting TriStar’s 1998 version), Godzilla returned in the year 2000 (1999 in Japan) in the first of the Millennium series. A new series continuity, redesigned Godzilla suit, and modernized special effects have made the Millennium series a favorite among kaiju fans.

Thursday evening, July 8th at 7:30 PM

Godzilla X Megaguirus

Godzilla X Megaguirus

Kaiju Eiga Film Fest
Continuing the Millennium series, Godzilla X Megaguirus saw the return of the infamous “super weapon,” the Dimension Tide, with hopes of finally defeating Godzilla. Directed by Masaaki Tezuka, his first of three Millennium entries, and a new powerful score by Michiru Oshima, providing possibly the best Godzilla theme since Ifukube’s original.

Thursday evening, July 8th at 9:30 PM

Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster

Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster

While budget constraints at Toho may have disallowed large scenes of city destruction in Godzilla’s seventh entry, it certainly didn't thwart the film crew’s creativity. Released in 1966, Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster was the first film in the “island” trilogy, and marked Jun Fukuda’s directorial debut. Masaru Sato returned to score, as a much more seasoned composer, having not worked in the kaiju genre since Godzilla Raids Again. Excellent human drama and conflicts balance the great action of the monster battles.

Friday evening, July 9th at 10:30 PM

Gojira

Gojira

This is it, the one that started it all. The original Gojira stands as not just one of the greatest films in the series, but as one of the greatest science fiction films of all time. Released in 1954, it was an allegory to the devastation brought by the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan, ending World War II. Dark, somber, and laced with symbolism, Gojira was brought to life by the master team of director, Ishiro Honda; effects director, Eiji Tsuburaya; composer, Akira Ifukube; and producer Tomoyuki Tanaka. After more than fifty years, the original Gojira is just as powerful and important as it was when originally released. Actor and Guest of Honor, Akira Takarada who portrayed navy diver Hideto Ogata introduced the film.

Saturday evening, July 10th at 10:30 PM

Death Kappa

Death Kappa

Death Kappa promised to bring old-school style kaiju mayhem to the big screen, through traditional Tsuburaya-esque SPFX techniques. Directed by Tomoo Haraguchi (creature effects for the Heisei Gamera films), Death Kappa mixes giant monster action and destruction with traditional Japanese Yokai folklore.

Sunday afternoon, July 11th at 1:00 PM (Main Hall)