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Archive: G-FEST XXIII
G-FEST is the largest regular gathering of Godzilla and Japanese monster fans in the world. Held each summer, it typically attracts more than 1000 attendees, but has seen a gradual increase in attendance over the past few years. G-FEST 2014 was the most successful convention to date, bringing in about 3000 Japanese science fiction and fantasy film fans!
G-FEST is a family-oriented convention which caters to a wide variety of interests within the kaiju genre. G-FEST features presentations and Q & A sessions by actors and crew from the Japanese Godzilla films, fan presentations on topics of interest, contests and gaming, new and classic kaiju movies, the western world’s largest kaiju-oriented dealers room, and lots of fun and camaraderie.
The 2016 Convention
G-FEST XXIII was held from July 15th to July 17th, at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare.
Our special guest list this year included the return of some amazing past G-FEST guests, as well as some bright new faces: Actors Akira Takarada and Bin Furuya who both attended G-FEST XIX in 2012; special effects director Yoshikazu Ishii, who last attended in 2006; sculptor/model maker Hiroshi Sagae, returning from 2014; film historian August Ragone; and regular fan-favorite, actor Robert Scott Field, making his 18th appearance! Newcomers were actress Hiroko Sakurai, star of Ultra Q and many other Ultraman series; actress Linda Miller, one of the stars of King Kong Escapes; actor Sojiro Uchino, who had roles in Ultra-Q, Ultraman, and Gamera vs. Viras; and Tony Isabella, 44-year veteran of the comics industry. See the Special Guests page for the full details.
The G-FEST double double feature film festival returned to the Pickwick Theatre. The Kaiju Eiga Film Fest consisted of Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah and Gamera vs. Viras on Thursday afternoon, with Yongary, Monster from the Deep, and The Green Slime playing on Thursday evening. The Friday and Saturday main features were King Kong Escapes, and Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legend. See the Movies page for the details.