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Ishiro Honda Bio By Ed. Godzisewski and Steve Ryfle • Monster Zero x SciFi Japan

Ishiro Honda Bio By Ed. Godzisewski and Steve Ryfle

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Re: Ishiro Honda Bio By Ed. Godzisewski and Steve Ryfle

Postby Mac » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:25 pm

I'm looking forward to this 100x more than I am the stiff cartoon.
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Re: Ishiro Honda Bio By Ed. Godzisewski and Steve Ryfle

Postby jellydonut25 » Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:37 am

I feel like between everyone here and my Godzilla friends online and IRL, I'll have read the book without reading it.
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Re: Ishiro Honda Bio By Ed. Godzisewski and Steve Ryfle

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Re: Ishiro Honda Bio By Ed. Godzisewski and Steve Ryfle

Postby jellydonut25 » Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:29 am

Some people have been getting theirs early already and the exquisite praise is actually making me think when I find work, I'll be ordering this (assuming it's still in print)
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Re: Ishiro Honda Bio By Ed. Godzisewski and Steve Ryfle

Postby Geno » Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:04 pm

The book just came in. I've been hooked for an hour straight and the information on Honda's life and first two films are really interesting so far. I'm only 62 pages in but it's great. Well worth the purchase. There's also some great photos.
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Re: Ishiro Honda Bio By Ed. Godzisewski and Steve Ryfle

Postby lhb412 » Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:43 am

Hearing terrific things, and you^ say photos?
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Re: Ishiro Honda Bio By Ed. Godzisewski and Steve Ryfle

Postby Geno » Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:54 am

Yeah there's some great pictures of Honda from his personal life and him on the job. There's more on the website but some of these I haven't seen before. I think the critiques on the genre films could be a bit better but so far its good. I'm definitely hoping i get to see any of his more personal drama/comedy films someday, and it's regrettable he was stuck with a lesser genre for so long.
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Re: Ishiro Honda Bio By Ed. Godzisewski and Steve Ryfle

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Re: Ishiro Honda Bio By Ed. Godzisewski and Steve Ryfle

Postby canofhumdingers » Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:17 pm

My mother-in-law surprised me with this biography and a book called “The Big Book of Japanese Giant Monster Movies: the Lost Films” as birthday gifts.

Super excited to read this Honda biography. Thumbing through it, it looks like it’s going to be great. And yeah, the pictures are great!

As for the lost films book, I’d never even heard of it but it also looks quite interesting.

I read pretty much exclusively while traveling for work (home is too busy with little kids), so this should make for a fun couple of months.
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Re: Ishiro Honda Bio By Ed. Godzisewski and Steve Ryfle

Postby Geno » Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:46 pm

New interview with Godzisewski is up at Toho Kingdom.

http://www.tohokingdom.com/interviews/e ... -2017.html
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Re: Ishiro Honda Bio By Ed. Godzisewski and Steve Ryfle

Postby Mac » Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:32 pm

I like that a good portion of the interview is dedicated to All Monsters Attack :).
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Re: Ishiro Honda Bio By Ed. Godzisewski and Steve Ryfle

Postby lhb412 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:24 pm

Finally digging into this (got it for Christmas) and am absolutely loving it so far. Nothing I'd read or heard so far in all my years of reading Godzilla books and magazines and special features on discs has given this level of insight into Ishiro Honda. I just stopped reading halfway through the production of the original Godzilla.

It was on Guillermo del Toro's commentary track for Pacific Rim where I first heard the story that Honda gathered everyone before making Godzilla '54 and told them that if anyone didn't believe in the project they should leave. I had never heard this before, and thought maybe GDT was conflating some different stories together - but no: the incident is recounted here.
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Re: Ishiro Honda Bio By Ed. Godzisewski and Steve Ryfle

Postby lhb412 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:39 am

Oh, my god. I had no idea Kenji Sahara did insane method acting stuff while making these movies!

Continuing to act amnesiac during the entire days filming on Rodan, going undercover as a buyer to study sleazy real estate types for Mothra vs. Godzilla, and friggin' pulling out one of his teeth to look the part in Matango!?!

Sahara was clearly the Jared Leto of the Godzilla series... only, you know, likable.
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Re: Ishiro Honda Bio By Ed. Godzisewski and Steve Ryfle

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Re: Ishiro Honda Bio By Ed. Godzisewski and Steve Ryfle

Postby lhb412 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:58 pm

Reading about how everyone at Toho hated Russ Tamblyn delighted me.
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Re: Ishiro Honda Bio By Ed. Godzisewski and Steve Ryfle

Postby lhb412 » Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:12 am

Finished it. Fantastic read. Must have for every kaiju fan. So many points in the history of the genre were made clearer to me.

Fascinated by how Honda became pigeonholed as a sci-fi director. The reason it happened was slightly different than what I expected.
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Re: Ishiro Honda Bio By Ed. Godzisewski and Steve Ryfle

Postby Joseph Goodman » Wed May 02, 2018 5:21 pm

The anecdote related in this book that I found most fascinating involved the tearful send-off Honda received from the Chinese villagers near the POW camp he was held at. The stories of what a gentleman Honda was have been widely related, but this one was new. For them to to think so well of a soldier from an invading army that unleashed such incomprehensible wickedness upon their country, speaks remarkably high of what kind of person Honda was.
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Re: Ishiro Honda Bio By Ed. Godzisewski and Steve Ryfle

Postby lhb412 » Wed May 02, 2018 9:35 pm

^ Man, that's a kicker.
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Re: Ishiro Honda Bio By Ed. Godzisewski and Steve Ryfle

Postby canofhumdingers » Thu Dec 27, 2018 4:36 pm

Finally finished reading this book not five minutes ago. What a treasure trove of information! By all accounts, Honda was the kind of person this world could use a whole lot more of.
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