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Kalat article on Sekizawa

Postby lhb412 » Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:41 pm

Our old pal David Kalat wrote a neat piece on writer Shinichi Sekizawa, who was as much an architect of of Toho's science fiction series as anybody.

http://moviemorlocks.com/2014/03/29/shi ... -the-suit/

Great stuff, or what? Several things I'd never heard before about Sekizawa working with the effects and design folks on the films.

I mostly agree Kalat's opinions, but I think he might be a bit off on the new film...

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Since we know that Godzilla is really the hero of the story, and you need a pretty serious origin for the Godzilla character in order for the character to have the necessary weight that you play with in more lighthearted adventures
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Re: Kalat article on Sekizawa

Postby Hybrid Gojira » Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:03 pm

It's a cool write up, though I'd say I prefer a more straight-laced approach to Godzilla. I like the tone of the new film (based soley on what's been said in interviews by the director as the cast). I'd rather see that approach than the more lighthearted one....but that's just me.
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Re: Kalat article on Sekizawa

Postby kiryugoji04 » Sun Mar 30, 2014 2:58 am

I think out of all of Toho's tokusatsu godfathers, Shinichi Sekizawa may be my favorite. For all the amazing contributions of Honda, Tsuburaya, Tanaka, Ifukube, Arikawa, Nakano, Fukuda, Sato, etc., it was (as far as I know) Sekizawa who said, "GUYS. LET'S TAKE ROMAN HOLIDAY AND PUT GIANT MONSTERS IN IT AND IT WILL BE THE BEST MOVIE EVER."

That's a really big deal for me. XD
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Re: Kalat article on Sekizawa

Postby Gojilove » Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:22 am

Kalat really gives him a lot of credit for this series survival. If you have ever listened to his "Ghidrah" commentary on the classic media dvd, he really makes great points. I've always enjoyed his passion for Godzilla, really sells all of his points well. And while I agree, I've always wanted Godzilla to be more serious - the way that Sekizawa wrote the monster and people relationships in those 60s films was just brilliant, really set them apart from the competition at the time.
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Re: Kalat article on Sekizawa

Postby lhb412 » Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:50 am

I like both approaches. If I write down my ten favorite Japanese monsters movies they're evenly split between more serious and more whimsical films.
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Re: Kalat article on Sekizawa

Postby Hybrid Gojira » Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:55 am

lhb412 wrote:I like both approaches. If I write down my ten favorite Japanese monsters movies they're evenly split between more serious and more whimsical films.


That's true for me as well.

And for all of the straight laced Heisei films, I'd say the Showa characters are far more interesting...despite the fact I prefer a serious approach.
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Re: Kalat article on Sekizawa

Postby Gojilove » Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:18 am

Hybrid Gojira wrote:
lhb412 wrote:I like both approaches. If I write down my ten favorite Japanese monsters movies they're evenly split between more serious and more whimsical films.


That's true for me as well.

And for all of the straight laced Heisei films, I'd say the Showa characters are far more interesting...despite the fact I prefer a serious approach.


The execution in the showa series, for the most part - was more inspired. They managed to do both, well.
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Re: Kalat article on Sekizawa

Postby MekaGojira3k » Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:54 pm

I love the variety Sekizawa was able to deliver, and I loved the finished products.
And while the Roman Holiday/Kaiju thing is neat, I just love the fairy tale nature of Ghidrah.
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Re: Kalat article on Sekizawa

Postby lhb412 » Sun Aug 16, 2015 1:15 am

I've watched more classic Hollywood romantic comedies in the past few years, and now I really feel their influence on Sekizawa's writing. His characters tend towards the eccentric, and many border on 'screwball.'

You can take a '60s Godzilla film and, without that much imagination, imagine Cary Grant or Jimmy Stewart substituting for the lead actor.
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Re: Kalat article on Sekizawa

Postby Gman2887 » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:38 am

In the article, Kalat claims that Sekizawa directed Attack of the Flying Saucers (1956) and then was called to develop Agon. After it was shut down Toho put him to work on Varan (1958). But all the sources I find point to Agon being filmed in 1964 and then Toho allowing the series to be broadcast in 1968.
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