Favorite era (visually) in Japanese fantasy/sci-fi films

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What's your favorite era?

50's
0
No votes
60's
19
83%
70's
1
4%
80's
2
9%
90's
1
4%
2000's and beyond
0
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Favorite era (visually) in Japanese fantasy/sci-fi films

Postby king_ghidorah » Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:43 am

I've recently realized that aesthetically, I "click" with late 80's and early 90's stuff. Kamen Rider Zo, Ultraman Powered, Godzilla 1984, Hakaider, Zeiram. (Even some hold overs of this decade of design can be found in things like Ultraman The Next, Mikazuki and even the Gamera trilogy a little).


Visually, the practical effects of this era are what I see in my mind's eye when I think of the pinnacle of practical special effects.

I mean, during the late 80s is pretty much when we start getting the 2nd gen designs of a lot of classics. Everything looks darker, grittier, but without being too far removed from the initial concepts of what made these characters great in the first place.

So, what's you favorite era of tokusatsu special effects?
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Postby MekaGojira3k » Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:03 pm

To me there's no competition. It's the 1960s. Golden Age of Toho scifi trumps anything in my book.
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Postby king_ghidorah » Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:14 pm

I think most people will go with you on that one Alex, and that's fine by me
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The only person I feel that might side with me here is Mouth lol.
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Postby MouthForWar » Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:20 pm

Before I vote, I gotta ask, are we talking about the effects/visuals and film aesthetic or are we talking about the films as a whole?
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Postby king_ghidorah » Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:22 pm

Just visuals and effects.

The films from the 60s are easily the best most people would agree.

Just curious what sort of visual style everyone prefers.
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Postby jellydonut25 » Sun Jun 16, 2013 3:13 pm

Late 80s rules...apologies to the 60s, but the answer is mid to late 80s
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Postby MouthForWar » Sun Jun 16, 2013 3:16 pm

Hmmmm... its kind of a toss up.... The 60s Toku stuff has a feel that has yet to be replicated, which is what hooks me in every time (much like 40s era Universal or 50s era Hammer films... you put one of those on for 5 minutes and YOU JUST KNOW)

I really like the 80s stuff I've seen, but I haven't seen much outside of the Godzilla movies and Kamen Rider ZO., so I don't feel like I'm at liberty to say one way or the other... so I'm gonna go with 60s just because I've seen more of it.

If this was about American stuff, I'd EASILY go with the 80s though.
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Postby lhb412 » Sun Jun 16, 2013 3:47 pm

I made a list of my favorite Japanese monster/sci-fi movies recently. I think it was my 20 favorites, a top ten and then a 'runner-up' ten. I think only 6 or 7 of those weren't from the '60 - only 2 in the top ten!
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Postby Legion » Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:02 pm

How is this even a contest? '60s all the way.
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Postby sentaison » Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:13 pm

I know I'm not alone in REALLY loving Kieta Amemiya's work. His visuals are amazing and that alone was almost enough for me to go and vote for 2000 and beyond. But the 60's were the Golden Age, and the amazing visuals created by the collaborations of Ishiro Honda and Eiji Tsuburaya as well as less prominent (but not necessarily less talented) artists are among the primary reasons why.

So it's 60's all the way. 8-)
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Postby eabaker » Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:46 pm

I went with the 60s, as well.

When it coems right down to it, the 60s produced my favorite visual styles in pretty much any aspect of cinema, whatever genre or country of origin we're talking about (also my favorite directorial and editorial styles, really).
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Postby kiryugoji04 » Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:52 pm

Oh man, nothing gets me going quite like a 70s entry into the genre. The budgets have gone down a bit because of various economic factors and there's some genre fatigue setting in, so the sets and effects start looking a bit more rough-hewn, even more hand-wrought than ever and the scripts and especially the camerawork just keep getting crazier in the attempt to keep tokusatsu interesting and relevant. Much as I gush over films from other eras (50s/60s Toho, 90s Daiei, 00s Tsuburaya), 1970s tokusatsu is probably the single most inspiring era for me as a director – particularly as a no-budget director.
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Re: Favorite era (visually) in Japanese fantasy/sci-fi films

Postby ILL GREEN » Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:15 am

I have to choose the '60s because the rich colors and the creativity in effects with limited resources. Even as a child I recognized this and sought after the camera used in that era because the visuals were so grand like colors in a dream.
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