A Critical History and Filmography of Toho's Godzilla Series

A Critical History and Filmography of Toho's Godzilla Series

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This thoroughly updated and revised critical account of the Godzilla movie franchise explores the fascinating story behind Japan's most famous movie monster and its development from black-and-white arthouse allegory to international commercial juggernaut. Reviled by critics but boasting a dedicated cult following, the films of the Godzilla franchise provide a unique window into the national identities of both Japan and the United States. This work focuses on how differences in American and Japanese culture, as well as differences in their respective film industries, underlie the discrepancies between the American and Japanese versions of the films. It features detailed filmographic data for both the American and Japanese versions of each film, including plot synopses, cast, credits, and detailed production notes.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 286 pages
  • 178 x 254 x 15mm | 480g
  • Jefferson, NC, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1476672946
  • 9781476672946
  • 1,329,228

Table of contents

Preface to the New Edition
A Note on the Text
PART ONE: King Kong vs. Godzilla
G for Giant
Godzilla Conquers America (and America Conquers Godzilla)
Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
Godzilla Raids Again
Varan the Unbelievable
King Kong vs. Godzilla
Tsuburaya Enterprises
PART TWO: Monsterland
Mothra vs. Godzilla
Ghidrah, The Three- Headed Monster
Invasion of Astro- Monster
Monsters Inc.
Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster
Son of Godzilla
Destroy All Monsters
All Monsters Attack
PART THREE: Something Funny's Going On
Survival of the Silliest
Godzilla vs. Hedorah
Godzilla vs. Gigan
Godzilla vs. Ultraman
Godzilla vs. Megalon
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla
Terror of Mechagodzilla
The Crook, the Geek, the Reporter, and His Lover
PART FOUR: The Return of Godzilla
Waiting for Godzilla
The Return of Godzilla
Godzilla vs. Biollante
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth
Godzilla vs. the Gryphon
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II
Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
PART FIVE: The Godzilla Millennium
Godzilla vs. Godzilla
Godzilla x. Megaguirus
Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All- Out Attack
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.
Godzilla Final Wars
Chapter Notes
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Review quote

impressive production notes...scholarship is commendable in its harnessing of details from both sides of the Pacific...sure to please Godzilla fans"" - Library Journal

""should become the definitive work on this important film series...highly recommended"" - ARBA

""the ultimate word on the series...all-encompassing history of the building-stomping franchise will be required reading"" - Film Review

""thorough evaluation...the creature's origins are brilliantly documented"" - Samhain

""no stone is left unturned in this deeply researched book...a treasure and a pleasure to read"" - Toxic Graveyard

""excellent"" - Big Reel

""fascinating"" - Little Shoppe of Horrors

""detailed credits, lengthy synopsis and commentary"" - Classic Images.
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About David Kalat

David Kalat is a film historian and writes for Video Watchdog, Turner Classic Movies Online, and other publications. He lives in La Grange Park, Illinois.
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