Godzilla is making a US comeback...by literally coming back to the US. San Francisco's Castro Theatre and Shock It To Me are hosting a film fest called Godzilla and the Monsters of Mass Destruction this August, and the guest of honor is a man named Haruo Nakajima-- and yes, you haven't heard of him, but odds are you've seen him. If you've seen one of the older (or the original) Godzilla flicks, anyway. Haruo Nakajima is the man behind Godzilla. By which I mean, the guy in the Godzilla suit, rampaging through Tokyo.
Nakajima volunteered for Japanese film's first fire stunt in a 1953 film, which led to him getting the gig as one of film's first giant monsters (or kaiju, as they're called in Japan). He'll be in attendence at the event to sign autographs, and flanking him will be August Ragone, a Japanese film historian and San Francisco native who'll be signing his own book, Eiji Tsurubaya: Master of Monsters, which revolves around the special effects director of Godzilla (among other things, including WWII propaganda).
The event is being held from August 21-23rd at the Castro Theatre, and it'll consist of five double feature film showings. Each double feature costs $10 for adults, $7 for children/seniors-- unfortunately I can't find a listing of the films being shown this year, but I'm willing to bet that we'll be seeing Godzilla, and probably also Mothra, King Kong (the original, I hope? Not that I disliked the remake), maybe Gamera too?...
Anyway, it sounds like good times. If I can finagle myself a trip down to the Bay Area around then, I probably will do so. (Via The Lost Kaiju)