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Bigger, badder, and more durable than Hollywood's greatest action heroes, Godzilla emerged from the mushroom cloud of an H-Bomb test in 1954 to trample Tokyo. More than forty years later, he reigns as the undisputed king of monsters, with legions of fans spanning several generations and countless international boundaries.But despite his icon status, Godzilla has been consi Bigger, badder, and more durable than Hollywood's greatest action heroes, Godzilla emerged from the mushroom cloud of an H-Bomb test in 1954 to trample Tokyo. More than forty years later, he reigns as the undisputed king of monsters, with legions of fans spanning several generations and countless international boundaries.But despite his icon status, Godzilla has been consistently maligned by critics and sci-fi purists who insist that a man in a rubber suit, stomping through intricately built miniature cities, is mere cheap camp. The vast contributions to the horror cinema made by Godzilla's creators - director Ishiro Honda and SFX director Eiji Tsuburaya among them - have gone largely unnoticed in the West, and relatively little information on Japan's greatest film star has ever been published in English. Until now. Godzilla: The Unauthorized Biography is the first authoritative guide to the Godzilla legend published in America. This thoroughly researched volume includes in-depth production details on all 22 Godzilla movies produced by Toho Co. of Japan between 1954 and 1995, including several "unmade" features, plus the upcoming May 1998 big-budget U.S. Godzilla remake by the producers of Independence Day. The book dispels the myths and illuminates the mysteries of Japan's enigmatic monstar, and is loaded with background information, trivia, and interviews with the people who created Godzilla - then and now.


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Bigger, badder, and more durable than Hollywood's greatest action heroes, Godzilla emerged from the mushroom cloud of an H-Bomb test in 1954 to trample Tokyo. More than forty years later, he reigns as the undisputed king of monsters, with legions of fans spanning several generations and countless international boundaries.But despite his icon status, Godzilla has been consi Bigger, badder, and more durable than Hollywood's greatest action heroes, Godzilla emerged from the mushroom cloud of an H-Bomb test in 1954 to trample Tokyo. More than forty years later, he reigns as the undisputed king of monsters, with legions of fans spanning several generations and countless international boundaries.But despite his icon status, Godzilla has been consistently maligned by critics and sci-fi purists who insist that a man in a rubber suit, stomping through intricately built miniature cities, is mere cheap camp. The vast contributions to the horror cinema made by Godzilla's creators - director Ishiro Honda and SFX director Eiji Tsuburaya among them - have gone largely unnoticed in the West, and relatively little information on Japan's greatest film star has ever been published in English. Until now. Godzilla: The Unauthorized Biography is the first authoritative guide to the Godzilla legend published in America. This thoroughly researched volume includes in-depth production details on all 22 Godzilla movies produced by Toho Co. of Japan between 1954 and 1995, including several "unmade" features, plus the upcoming May 1998 big-budget U.S. Godzilla remake by the producers of Independence Day. The book dispels the myths and illuminates the mysteries of Japan's enigmatic monstar, and is loaded with background information, trivia, and interviews with the people who created Godzilla - then and now.

30 review for JAPAN'S FAVORITE MON-STAR: THE UNAUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF GODZILLA: An Unauthorised Biography of the Big G

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Despite a shortage of photos (quite understandable, given this book's "unauthorized" status), JAPAN'S FAVORITE MON-STAR is a superb package, with a wealth of behind-the-scenes and other related facts on each of the Godzilla films (up to 1999). With numerous interviews with the filmmakers, actors, and even American distributors, the amount of information in this volume is prodigious yet consistently entertaining. The reviews reflect the author's heartfelt, fannish connection to G films, and help Despite a shortage of photos (quite understandable, given this book's "unauthorized" status), JAPAN'S FAVORITE MON-STAR is a superb package, with a wealth of behind-the-scenes and other related facts on each of the Godzilla films (up to 1999). With numerous interviews with the filmmakers, actors, and even American distributors, the amount of information in this volume is prodigious yet consistently entertaining. The reviews reflect the author's heartfelt, fannish connection to G films, and help lighten the overall tone of the book with their informal and highly personal sentiments. Godzilla fans will probably find much to agree--and disagree--with here; that said, I found that in most cases the author and I were on the same wavelength in our views of the Godzilla films. Whether this is the definitive volume on the Godzilla series is debatable, but after JAPAN'S FAVORITE MON-STAR, one would be hard-pressed to publish a book on the subject that isn't superfluous.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    Had some good information about film production and crew, but I wanted a bit more. Perhaps that's the problem when majority of your sources are in foreign languages. Maybe things get lost in translation. Had some good information about film production and crew, but I wanted a bit more. Perhaps that's the problem when majority of your sources are in foreign languages. Maybe things get lost in translation.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joey

    Way way way way way way too much time is spent on the abortion that is the Roland Emmerich Godzilla and the Heisei era material feels like a slightly expanded wikipedia entry, but the fist half of the book focusing on the Showa era films is quite interesting and thorough.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Noah Soudrette

    A fun and thorough filmography of the Big G's films. My favorite section has to be about the Godzilla films that almost were. There is another Godzilla filmography out there, but I'm not sure how it compares since I don't own it. A fun and thorough filmography of the Big G's films. My favorite section has to be about the Godzilla films that almost were. There is another Godzilla filmography out there, but I'm not sure how it compares since I don't own it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    For a fan, this book is a great source of information about Godzilla and all the movies made. This book covers movies made up to 1998.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mark Matzke

    informative, humorous without being condescending, everything you'd want in a Godzilla guide informative, humorous without being condescending, everything you'd want in a Godzilla guide

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    Chad

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    roblox fan (search salmonsamuel )

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    Noran Miss Pumkin

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    Dave

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    Kevin Fletcher

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