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The First Gas Human AKA Gasu ningen dai 1 gô (1960) Ishirô Honda, Tatsuya Mihashi, Kaoru Yachigusa, Yoshio Tsuchiya
A librarian is subject to a scientific experiment which goes wrong and transforms him into ‘The Human Vapour’. Read More »
Several strange occurrences are taking place all over the world including the disappearance of two engineers. Read More »
Several satellites have been destroyed without explanation. Read More »
Aliens arrive on Earth and ask permission to be given a certain tract of land for their people to live on. Read More »
A group of pleasure-seeking young people are stranded on a mysterious island when their boat crashes. Read More »
In 1980, a giant planetoid named Gorath is discovered to be on a collision course with Earth. Read More »
Saraba Rabauru / Farewell Rabaul (1954) Ishirô Honda, Ryô Ikebe, Mariko Okada, Rentarô Mikuni, War, Romance
This is a film about a Naval Air Corps Director who hates the war. Director Honda uses this film to ask the question “What is war?”, showing the human bonds between Japan and America Read More »
Yume / Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (1990) Akira Kurosawa, Ishirô Honda, Akira Terao, Mitsuko Baishô, Toshie Negishi, Drama, Fantasy
Unfolding in a series of eight mythic vignettes, this late work by Akira Kurosawa was inspired by the beloved director’s own nighttime visions, along with stories from Japanese folklore. In a visually sumptuous journey through the master’s imagination, tales of childlike wonder give way to apocalyptic apparitions: a young boy stumbles on a fox wedding in a forest; a soldier confronts the ghosts of the war dead; a power plant meltdown smothers a seaside landscape in radioactive fumes. Interspersed with reflections on the redemptive power of creation, including a richly textured tribute to Vincent van Gogh (who is played by Martin Scorsese), Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams is both a showcase for its maker’s artistry at its most unbridled and a deeply personal lament for a world at the mercy of human ignorance.
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All Monsters Attack / Godzilla’s Revenge / Gojira-Minira-Gabara: Oru kaijû daishingeki (1969) Ishirô Honda, Kenji Sahara, Machiko Naka, Tomonori Yazaki, Action, Adventure, Family
Ichiro is a highly imaginative, but lonely, boy growing up in urban Tokyo. Every day he comes home to the empty apartment he shares with his railroad worker father and his restaurant hostess mother. His only friends are a toy maker name Shinpei Inami and a little girl named Sachicko. The only other kids that are around is a gang of kids led by a bully named Gabara. To escape his loneliness, Ichiro imagines that he is on Monster Island where he befriends Minya, the son of Godzilla. It is through his daydreams that he watches Godzilla and Minya fight other monsters, including one also named Gabara who is just as bad a bully as the one that is tormenting Ichiro. It is through these daydreams that he learns that it is okay to fight back and face his fears. These lessons also help him to outwit a couple of bumbling bank robbers as well as finally have the guts to stand up to Gabara and his gang.
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Yog: The Space Amoeba (1970) Ishirô Honda, Akira Kubo, Atsuko Takahashi, Yukiko Kobayashi, Adventure, Sci-Fi
When a space probe crash-lands on a far-flung Pacific atoll, the craft’s alien stowaways decide to take over their new world one creature at a time. Soon, the parasitic life forms latch onto three indigenous critters – a squid, a crab and a snapping turtle – and transform them into colossal mutant monsters.
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Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956) Ishirô Honda, Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Momoko Kôchi, Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
When American reporter Steve Martin investigates a series of mysterious disasters off the coast of Japan, he comes face to face with an ancient creature so powerful and so terrifying, it can reduce Tokyo to a smoldering graveyard. Nuclear weapon testing resurrected this relic from the Jurassic age, and now it’s rampaging across Japan. At night, Godzilla wades through Tokyo leaving death and destruction in his wake, disappearing into Tokyo Bay when his rage subsides. Coventional weapons are useless against him; but renowned scientist Dr. Serizawa has discovered a weapon that could destroy all life in the bay – including Godzilla. But which disaster is worse, Godzilla’s fury, or the death of Tokyo Bay?
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