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Ishiro Honda: The master behind Godzilla

Books Nov 18, 2017

Ishiro Honda: The master behind Godzilla

by Mark Schilling

Everyone knows "Godzilla," the 1954 film that introduced Japan's most famous monster to the world. But the name of its director, Ishiro Honda, was for a long time only mentioned by foreign critics and fans in passing, if at all. Ishiro Honda: A Life in ...

Breaking the comic book glass ceiling

Culture | CULTURE SMASH Mar 18, 2017

Breaking the comic book glass ceiling

by Roland Kelts

Four years ago, Chinese-American writer Marjorie Liu had a simple but persistent idea: create an epic fantasy comic book series about a classic Japanese kaijū (strange beast) movie monster that has a connection to a girl. She knew it should take place entirely in Asia, ...

Ultraman: Ultracool at 50

TV Jul 16, 2016

Ultraman: Ultracool at 50

by Matt Alt

Ultraman has been defending humanity against monsters and aliens for half a century. We examine the superhero's enduring legacy.

The gorgeous world of Japanese gore

Film Oct 29, 2015

The gorgeous world of Japanese gore

by David Kracker

Zerai Naoi makes his living by keeping gore hounds fed on a shoestring budget. If you want to sample his work, it helps to have a strong stomach. The special effects artist began his career in high school and has crafted rotten body parts and ...