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Special Effects Photo Book Kawakita Koichi & Keizo Murase

PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 2:52 am
by ebirahsmeg1
I've noticed that no mention has been made of this book, which was released back on 7/2 last month.

http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E5%B7%9D%E5%8C ... GHYRAYTT6P

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It is similar to the Harou Nakajima Monster Photobook released by Yosensha last year.
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I'm on a business trip for the next week, but I definitely want to pick this up when I get back. Will post my thoughts and some stills. If anyone else has picked this up , please post your thoughts.

Re: Kawakita Koichi Special Effects Photo Book

PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:14 pm
by Dr Kain
This book is probably what, 5 pages long? :D

Re: Kawakita Koichi Special Effects Photo Book

PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2015 9:31 pm
by klen7
Please post your review! I love the Nakajima book, but the reviews were half a little lackluster, and it appears to be B&W, and there are already a few solid color Heisei books in a larger format, right now its a skip for me

Re: Kawakita Koichi Special Effects Photo Book

PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:34 am
by Hybrid Gojira
I'm looking forward to the review as well - I don't have any behind the scenes books and wanted some advice on which ones to get...I'm looking primarily for picture books.

Re: Kawakita Koichi Special Effects Photo Book

PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 2:11 pm
by ebirahsmeg1
My sincere apologies folks, as my work has been dominating my life lately (one aspect I don't like about Japanese culture). But I *should* finally be free to go check this out tomorrow or Thursday.

Honestly, as much as I enjoyed the Nakajima photo book, it will take a lot to make me get this (they go for about $40 a pop) as I already have the "Hesei Perfection" book, not to mention that there have been a gazillian books already devoted to Kawakita and the Heisei films in general. If it has anything new to offer though, I'll snatch it up. I hope they continue this series and release an edition having to do with the Millennium series (how about photo book of Ando and Higuchi? :idea: Or suit actor Kitagawa? :idea: I've noticed that Asada and Kitagawa often seem left out of in most compilation books (which often focus on Kawakita and the Heisei films, and to a lesser degree Tsuburaya and other figures of the Showa era. It would be refreshing to hear some more insight from these guys and have them share behind-the-scenes musings, experiences, and photos). Regardless, I will thumb through it and let you know my thoughts/impressions....

Re: Kawakita Koichi Special Effects Photo Book

PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 10:50 am
by klen7
ebirahsmeg1 wrote: I hope they continue this series

Keizo Murase!
http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4800307562

http://augustragone.blogspot.com/2015/0 ... se_26.html

Re: Kawakita Koichi Special Effects Photo Book

PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2015 1:50 pm
by ebirahsmeg1
klen7 wrote:
ebirahsmeg1 wrote: I hope they continue this series

Keizo Murase!
http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4800307562

http://augustragone.blogspot.com/2015/0 ... se_26.html

Looks awesome, definitely will snatch it up when it comes up. This is a nice little series that Yosensha has going.


Oh yeah, I succumbed and bought the Kawakita book :lol: Some good stuff inside. I'll post thoughts and photos when I get back into town on Monday (taking a well needed R&R with my gf until we get back).

Re: Kawakita Koichi Special Effects Photo Book

PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 2:43 pm
by Hybrid Gojira
Ebirahsmeg, I'm excited to see some scans and get your thoughts - the behind the scenes and unused stills are really fascinating.

Re: Kawakita Koichi Special Effects Photo Book

PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:06 am
by ebirahsmeg1
Well, I made some scans (sh*tty scans that is :D sorry for the quality, haven't had much free time and did them out of haste). As most are away, countless books have posted behind the scenes photos of the Heisei G films, and although there are some rare stills, they're nothing much different from what I've seen before.

Where this book is unique and separates itself from the pack of other endless Heisei/Kawakita books, however, are some really rare, unique stills of Kitakawa behind the scenes of SHOWA films when he was cutting his teeth under Tsuburaya and Nakano's watch. Additionally, there are loads of interesting stills from Kawakita's non-Godzilla films (Mothra series, Gunhed, Bye Bye Jupiter, Gorath) and numerous other non-daikaiju films, the titles of which I don't recall off the top of my head, as well as various promotional events (1986 Sci-Fi World event using the Cybot Godzilla / The Godzilla Pachinko game from a few years ago / Planet Godzilla ride ), commercials, TV series(Justirisers / Ultraman (again, don't recall which specific Ultraman series at the moment) / Zone Figher / etc) that he has worked on. This is the book that the Heisei Perfection Book *SHOULD* have been.

I'll post some more info/details when I'm not sleep deprived, haha. In the meantime, enjoy:

From GTTHM, which is of special interest as it's my all time favorite G film, and I never realized he worked as an assistant on it:

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From GvsHedorah:
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1986 SF World event:
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Godzilla Pachinko game:

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Re: Kawakita Koichi Special Effects Photo Book

PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:10 pm
by Hybrid Gojira
Really cool stuff - thanks for posting. Out of curiosity, what books would you guys recommend for behind the scenes stuff from each series (Showa, Heisei, Millennium)?

Re: Kawakita Koichi Special Effects Photo Book

PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:29 pm
by klen7
For Heisei I'd say
Godzilla Chronicles.. for my money this book is significantly better than Heisei Perfection
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For Showa
GODZILLA'S HEROIC YEARS: 1969-1975 Godzilla 'Toho Champion
http://i.imgur.com/wpz5lq6.jpg

I know ebirahsmeg will agree that the Shogakukan books are fantastic. I'd say they are your best bets across the board for the millennium films and pretty solid for the Heisei (including the RoM films)

For Heisei Gamera, definitely pick up Gamera Heisei Perfection, though the Shogakukan Gamera the Brave has a lot of additional behind the scenes shots

The Nakajima Yosensha book mentioned in this thread is pretty great as well

Re: Kawakita Koichi Special Effects Photo Book

PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 11:10 am
by ebirahsmeg1
klen7 wrote:For Heisei I'd say
Godzilla Chronicles.. for my money this book is significantly better than Heisei Perfection
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For Showa
GODZILLA'S HEROIC YEARS: 1969-1975 Godzilla 'Toho Champion
http://i.imgur.com/wpz5lq6.jpg

I know ebirahsmeg will agree that the Shogakukan books are fantastic. I'd say they are your best bets across the board for the millennium films and pretty solid for the Heisei (including the RoM films)

For Heisei Gamera, definitely pick up Gamera Heisei Perfection, though the Shogakukan Gamera the Brave has a lot of additional behind the scenes shots

The Nakajima Yosensha book mentioned in this thread is pretty great as well


The Godzilla Perfection Book and the Heisei Chronicles book are virtually identical in content. And you can't go wrong with the Shogakukan books (though unfortunately they started the Shogakukan books with GvsKG, so there is no GvsBiollante edition).

Yes, the Gamera Heisei Perfection book is awesome, and far superior to the Godzilla Heisei Perfection, and Shogakukan also made books for all of the Kaneko Gamera books along with Gamera The Little Braves. For Showa Godzilla, the Godzilla's Heroic Years Champion Matsuri Perfection Book for G's Revenge - TOMG is great. I would like to see some more "Perfection" books covering the earlier showa films and the Millennium film, and I think the new G2016 film would be the perfect time for some great new books.

I'm going to try to pick up the Keizo Murase book this Wens, 9/9 (though it seems that when it comes to Godzilla books, only the big Kinokuniya book stores in Shibuya and Shinjuku seem to carry them while local book stores in outer Tokyo often don't have them. Hopefully I'll hit pay dirt this Wens!

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Re: Special Effects Photo Book Kawakita Koichi & Keizo Muras

PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:41 am
by klen7
I got a shipping notice from Amazon this morning on the Keizo Murase book, so mine should be in hand shortly!

Re: Special Effects Photo Book Kawakita Koichi & Keizo Muras

PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 11:50 am
by ebirahsmeg1
Just picked up this bad boy after work earlier this evening 8) Will post thoughts and photos soon...

Re: Special Effects Photo Book Kawakita Koichi & Keizo Muras

PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:41 pm
by klen7
Short review: 200+ pages of rare behind the scenes pictures of props and suits and their construction. This series continues to amaze

Some samples from the book
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Re: Special Effects Photo Book Kawakita Koichi & Keizo Muras

PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 8:03 pm
by kiryugoji04
So I need to get all of these. Noted.

Re: Special Effects Photo Book Kawakita Koichi & Keizo Muras

PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 8:27 pm
by klen7
They cover some Heisei, Korean, and television work of Murase as well. Very cool book.

Re: Special Effects Photo Book Kawakita Koichi & Keizo Muras

PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2015 11:38 pm
by ebirahsmeg1
And don't forget the photo of blue King Ghidorah 8)


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My Japanese girlfriend translated to text caption. According to her, it is said in Japanese folklore that Yamata no Orochi was a greenish color. Drawing inspiration from Yamata no Orochi, they initially decided to go with a blu-ish color for KG((For those who are not familiar with Japanese culture, older Japanese texts, writings, and literature have always blurred the lines between the colors blue and green, with green often being lumped into "blue". For example, green traffic lights are often described as blue over here, and Haiku poet Basho often described "the blue grass and blue trees" of spring.

Anyways, I'm glad that they decided to eventually drop the blue paint scheme in favor of the more majestic gold, which I think makes KG look much more grand and frightening. Nevertheless, this is pretty fascinating stuff. Great book so far...

Re: Special Effects Photo Book Kawakita Koichi & Keizo Muras

PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2015 11:04 pm
by klen7
If this book series continues, i hope they keep the larger format they used for the Murase book.

Re: Special Effects Photo Book Kawakita Koichi & Keizo Muras

PostPosted: Sun Sep 13, 2015 1:22 am
by ebirahsmeg1
klen7 wrote:If this book series continues, i hope they keep the larger format they used for the Murase book.


If this series continues (which I hope it does), I would like to see Teruyoshi Nakano, Taiko Inoue, and Eiichi Asada gets books in this series, as well as suit actor Tsutomu Kitagawa (who has rarely received any attention of significance for his suit work compared to Nakajima and Satsuma)...

Re: Kawakita Koichi Special Effects Photo Book

PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:56 pm
by klen7
ebirahsmeg1 wrote:Where this book is unique and separates itself from the pack of other endless Heisei/Kawakita books, however, are some really rare, unique stills of Kitakawa behind the scenes of SHOWA films when he was cutting his teeth under Tsuburaya and Nakano's watch. Additionally, there are loads of interesting stills from Kawakita's non-Godzilla films (Mothra series, Gunhed, Bye Bye Jupiter, Gorath) and numerous other non-daikaiju films, the titles of which I don't recall off the top of my head, as well as various promotional events (1986 Sci-Fi World event using the Cybot Godzilla / The Godzilla Pachinko game from a few years ago / Planet Godzilla ride ), commercials, TV series(Justirisers / Ultraman (again, don't recall which specific Ultraman series at the moment) / Zone Figher / etc) that he has worked on.


I picked up the Kawakita book based on ebirahsmeg's feedback... so glad i did. I hope this series continues.