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Is it possible, in the grand age of visual and storytelling sophistication in which we live (the sarcasm is coming through, isn’t it?), to experience the exquisite delirium of an old Japanese kaiju movie, say, anything in the Godzilla-and-related-monsters series from roughly 1957 to 1975, without responding to it simply as inept camp, or as something to be immediately discounted or condescended to because of the “fakeyness” of its special effects? (In that time range I’ve deliberately left out the original Gojira, released in 1954, a movie that has always, and particularly since its original Japanese version was re-distributed in the Us in 2004, enjoyed a measure of respect from demanding genre audiences because of its status as a painful and powerful response to the devastation at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II.) Is it possible to enjoy these usually formulaic rubber-monster orgies of destruction precisely because of their artificiality? »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Movies that pit two famous characters against each other tend to have a problem: No one truly wins or loses. “Aliens vs. Predator,” “Freddy vs. Jason,” “Batman v. Superman,” and their ilk all tend to result in draws, leaving viewers wondering what the point of it all was (other than to set up a sequel, of course). According to director Adam Wingard, “Godzilla vs. Kong” will be an exception to the rule.
“I do want there to be a winner,” he tells Entertainment Weekly. “The original film was very fun, but you feel a little let down that the movie doesn’t take a definitive stance. People are still debating now who won in that original movie, you know. So, I do want people to walk away from this film feeling like, Okay, there is a winner. »
- Michael Nordine
The gigantic sea creature returns to terrify humanity, destroy buildings and give the bureaucrats something to deliberate
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- Peter Bradshaw
He stomped over miniature bridges and buildings in a rubber suit and gave the world Godzilla, the fire-breathing, screeching monster that became Japan’s star cultural export and an enduring symbol of the pathos and destruction of the nuclear age. Haruo Nakajima, who portrayed Godzilla in the original 1954 classic, died Monday of pneumonia, his daughter Sonoe […] »
- Shakiel Mahjouri
For decades, he brought life to perhaps the most iconic creature in cinema, so it is with great sadness that we share the news of Haruo Nakajima's passing at the age of 88.
An actor and stuntman, Nakajima first donned the rubber reptile suit in 1954's Godzilla, the first film in what would become an enduring franchise that is still going strong today. His movements in the suit helped humanize the monster on screen, even as he rampaged through the streets of Tokyo, toppling skyscrapers and taking on other creatures who threatened Earth. The monster the human characters at first feared eventually became their savior, and Nakajima played a huge part in building that empathy.
- Derek Anderson
Haruo Nakajima, the actor who first portrayed Japanese movie monster Godzilla, has died aged 88. His daughter Sonoe confirmed his death to the Associated Press, saying that Nakajima had died of pneumonia after being hospitalised last month.
Related: Godzilla: the early years - in pictures
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- Gwilym Mumford
7 August 2017 4:21 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Nakajima played the iconic monster and a reporter in Ichiro Honda's 1954 classic Godzilla, as well as appearing the same year as a bandit in Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, two of the best-known films in Japanese cinematic history.
A native of Yamagata in Japan's northeast, Nakajima went on to play monsters in other kaiju films, including Honda's »
- Gavin J. Blair
Godzilla will never be the same ... Haruo Nakajima, the man who brought the Japanese monster to life, has died. Nakajima wore the Godzilla bodysuit -- which was originally made out of cement -- for nearly 20 years of movies, starting in 1954. Dude had range though -- he also played Mothra and King Kong in the 60s. He started his career in samurai and World War II films before scoring the fire-breathing role in "Godzilla, King of the Monsters. »
- TMZ Staff
Haruo Nakajima, an actor who gained fame for suiting up as Godzilla from the monster’s earliest days on screen, has died at age 88. Long before the age of CGI and motion-capture, he helped pioneer the look and feel of blockbuster moviemaking. After appearing in war and samurai films, including Eagle of the Pacific and Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, Nakajima was chosen to get inside the monster suit for 1954's Godzilla, which added the subtitle King of the Monsters for… »
The International Business Times was among several media outlets reporting his death.
Nakajima’s career began in samurai and war films, notably “Seven Samurai” by Akira Kurosawa and “Eagle of the Pacific.” He landed the “Godzilla” role starting with 1954’s “Godzilla, King of the Monsters,” directed by Ishiro Honda. »
- Erin Nyren
Fans have been exchanging condolences today over the death of Haruo Nakajima, who has passed away at the age of 88. The Yamagata-born actor was one of Japan's biggest stars - literally, portraying Godzilla in 12 films and also playing several of the much-loved monster's kaiju friends and enemies.
Highly respected at Toho Studios, where he was regarded as one of the best in the business, he may rarely have shown his face onscreen but his acting inside a rubber suit made Godzilla much more than just a source of scares, giving him a personality that endeared him to millions around the globe. In later life, the actor discovered the convention circuit, where he won many fans of his own, always providing great entertainment. He also published an autobiography, Monster Life: Haruo Nakajima, The Original Godzilla Actor.
Nakajima also acted in more conventional roles, »
- Jennie Kermode
- Sean K. Cureton
Sad news as it’s been announced that Haruo Nakajima, the man who wore the Godzilla outfit for 12 straight films, has passed away at at 88. Nakajima was an actor for 20 years, from the early 50’s through the early… Continue Reading →
- Jonathan Barkan
Take one fiercely individual auteur fed up with the Hollywood game, put him in Kyoto with a full Japanese film company, and the result is a picture critics have been trying to figure out ever since. It’s a realistic story told in a highly artificial visual style, in un-subtitled Japanese. And its writer-director intended it to play for American audiences.
The Saga of Anatahan
1953 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 91 min. / Anatahan, Ana-ta-han / Street Date April 25, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring: Akemi Negishi, Tadashi Suganuma, Kisaburo Sawamura, Shoji Nakayama, Jun Fujikawa, Hiroshi Kondo, Shozo Miyashita, Tsuruemon Bando, Kikuji Onoe, Rokuriro Kineya, Daijiro Tamura, Chizuru Kitagawa, Takeshi Suzuki, Shiro Amikura.
Film Editor: Mitsuzo Miyata
Original Music: Akira Ifukube
Special Effects: Eiji Tsuburaya
Produced by Kazuo Takimura
Directed by Josef von Sternberg »
- Glenn Erickson
The International Film Music Critics Assn. has announced nominations for the 13th annual Ifmca Awards for excellence in musical scoring in 2016. Leading the pack are Michael Giacchino and Justin Hurwitz with five nominations each, and Abel Korzeniowski, with four.
Giacchino is nominated for his work on comic book fantasy film “Doctor Strange” and the socially conscious box office hit “Zootopia.” In addition, his song “Night on the Yorktown” from “Star Trek Beyond” is up for film music composition of the year. A 36-time Ifmca Award nominee, Giacchino previously received score of the year honors in 2004 for “The Incredibles,” and in 2009 for “Up.”
Hurwitz’s “La La Land” work has already been a force this season, taking home two Golden Globes among countless other prizes. The contemporary homage to Hollywood movie musicals earned him Ifmca noms for score of the year, comedy score, and film music composition of the year. Hurwitz »
- Dani Levy
Ryan Lambie Jan 11, 2017
A 1997 episode of Pokemon contains an unexpected homage to Ray Bradbury's The Fog Horn - the loose basis for a pivotal 50s monster movie.
There's a certain pleasure in spotting pop culture references in animated shows aimed at kids, whether it's unmistakeable allusions to Goodfellas in Animaniacs or The dude from The Big Lebowski showing up in an episode of Powerpuff Girls. An early episode of the animated TV series Pokemon, meanwhile, took the unusual step of spending a large chunk of its duration on paying homage to one of America's most distinguished genre writers.
Mystery At The Lighthouse was the 13th episode of Pokemon, which made its first Japanese airing in 1997 and appeared on Us screens the following year. Arriving near the start of Pokemon's global explosion in popularity, »
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