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
G-FEST XXII schedule now available
The full schedule of sessions and events for G-FEST XXII is now available. See the Schedule page for the full details. Session details and times are subject to change leading up to the convention.
Revised special guests list for G-FEST XXII
It is with regret that we announce that actor Yukijirō Hotaru has had to cancel his appearance at G-FEST XXII due to the production schedule of a television program he is appearing in being moved up by one week. Fortunately, we have filled his vacancy with a new special guest, actor Noboru Kaneko! Mr. Kaneko is best known for playing Gao Red, the lead role in the Super Sentai television series Gaoranger. He also played the role of Yoshito Chujo in Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. Additional special guests for G-FEST XXII include Millennium Series Godzilla director Masaaki Tezuka, actor and fan-favorite Robert Scott Field, and film historian August Ragone. See the Special Guests page for the full details.
Symphonic Fury! tickets now available online
Symphonic Fury! The Music of Japanese Monsters is a new live concert to be held at the Pickwick Theatre on Friday, July 10th at 8:00 PM. A follow-up to last year’s Rondo Award-Nominated “Ifukube 100” concert, Symphonic Fury! will feature more thrilling performances of classic kaiju music by a full symphony orchestra conducted by John DeSentis. The evening will begin with the world premiere of music by our special guest, Kow Otani, the only composer to have written the scores for the films of both Gamera and Godzilla. Suites from the scores of Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995), Gamera 2: Advent of Legion (1996), Gamera 3: Awakening of Iris (1999), and Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: All Out Monsters Attack (2001) will be performed. Mr. Otani will also be in attendance for the performance.
The second half of the concert returns to the music of the great Godzilla composer Akira Ifukube with the North American premiere of his Symphonic Fantasia, a three-part work created in 1983 from some of his best film scores, including Godzilla, Battle in Outer Space, Atragon, War of the Gargantuas, Varan, King Kong Escapes, The Mysterians and more!
Tickets can be purchased online at symphonicfury2015.brownpapertickets.com through July 10th, for $35.00. Tickets can also be purchased in person at G-FEST XXII at the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare, on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, with times to be announced. Additionally we will be offering children’s tickets (12 and under) for $15.00, available only at the convention on Thursday and Friday.
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 Megaguirus on July 11th. See all the details on the Movies 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.