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Archive: G-FEST XXI Movies

The G-FEST double double feature film festival returned this year to the Pickwick Theatre with one pair in the afternoon and the second pair in the evening, as well as our regular Friday and Saturday night features.

Pickwick Theatre
5 South Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone: (847) 825-5800

King Kong

King Kong

Kaiju Eiga Film Fest
Released in 1976, the Dino De Laurentiis produced King Kong is a remake of the classic 1933 film. While it received mixed reviews, King Kong was a box office success, and launched the career of Jessica Lange, playing the part of Kong’s beautiful love interest. The film received an Acadamy Award for Best Visual Effects, and also features a score by award winning composer John Barry.

Thursday afternoon, July 10th at 1:00 PM

King Kong Lives

King Kong Lives

Kaiju Eiga Film Fest
After King Kong’s theatrical run ended, it found sustained life, and ratings success on NBC television. This prompted Dino De Laurentiis’ production company to create the 1986 sequel: King Kong Lives. Despite its marketing campaign, it couldn't match its predecessor at the box office, and was considered a flop.

Thursday afternoon, July 10th at 3:30 PM

Gamera vs. Barugon

Gamera vs. Barugon

Kaiju Eiga Film Fest
Released in 1966, as a direct sequel to Gamera The Invincible, Gamera vs. Barugon is considered by many fans to be the best of the Showa era films. Surprisingly, it is the only entry in the series not directed by Noriaki Yuasa. It has more of an adult theme, and is the only film in the original series to not feature a child among the cast.

Thursday evening, July 10th at 7:00 PM

Yongary

Yongary, Monster from the Deep

Kaiju Eiga Film Fest
Yongary, Monster From the Deep, was produced in South Korea in 1976, with direction by famed Korean director Kim Ki-duk. It follows many of the kaiju conventions of Japan’s popular Gamera films, with a focus on a young child as the protagonist. Japan’s Toei Co., Ltd. was brought in to assist with the film’s special effects.

Thursday evening, July 10th at 9:00 PM

Godzilla vs. Destroyah

Godzilla vs. Destroyah

Released in 1995, Godzilla vs. Destroyah would be the final film of the Heisei series. It was directed by Takao Okawara, his third Godzilla film at the time. Action packed yet dark and somber, Godzilla vs. Destroyah comes full circle by connecting the origins of the monster Destroyah with the Oxygen Destroyer from the original 1954 film. Making a cameo appearance, Momoko Kōchi reprises her role as Emiko Yamane. Akira Ifukube delivers an ominous, heavy score, the last work of his career.

Friday evening, July 11th at 10:30 PM

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah

Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah

Released in 1991, Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah was the first of the Heisei films to bring back one of Godzilla’s classic foes. Directed by Kazuki Omori, and starring fan-favorite, Robert Scott Field as android M-11, the film was a box office hit, and won a Japanese Academy Award for special effects.

Saturday evening, July 12th at 11:00 PM
(The feature followed the Ifukube Celebration concert)