Japan’s Home Alone: ALL MONSTERS ATTACK (1969)

Forget the overplayed John Hughes comedy HOME ALONE (’90). If you want to watch a fun family-friendly film during the holidays look no further than ALL MONSTERS ATTACK (’69) now streaming on the Criterion Channel of FilmStruck. This kinder and gentler Godzilla sequel was designed to appeal to kids of all-ages and features a young … Continue reading Japan’s Home Alone: ALL MONSTERS ATTACK (1969)

The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda

I recently read Peter H. Brothers' informative new book Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men: The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda and really enjoyed it. It's the first English language book written about the Japanese director Ishiro Honda and it's a must-read for fans of Japanese science fiction and fantasy films. I love giant monster movies … Continue reading The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda

Remembering Yasuharu Hasebe (1932-2009)

Akira Kobayashi in Yasuharu Hasebe's Black Tight Killers (1966) While I was trying to compile a post for the Japanese Cinema Blogathon currently happening at Wildgrounds I read the sad news that one of my favorite Japanese directors, Yasuharu Hasebe, has died after he contracted pneumonia on June 14th. Hasebe was 77 years old, but … Continue reading Remembering Yasuharu Hasebe (1932-2009)

Battle Sequence 003: Condorman (1975)

The third clip in Cinebeats' ongoing Battle Sequence Series is from Condorman : Symbol of Justice (Seigi no shinboru Kondoruman). Condorman was an entertaining action-packed tokuatsu series created by the great Kôhan Kawauchi (aka Yasunori Kawauchi), which aired on Japanese television in 1975. Kawauchi is responsible for creating the first Japanese superhero television show in … Continue reading Battle Sequence 003: Condorman (1975)

Battle Sequence 002: Fireman (1973)

Fireman (aka Faiyâman/Magma Man) is an interesting tokusatsu series featuring a kyodai hero (giant hero) that aired in Japan on Nippon Television in 1973. It was made by Tsuburaya Productions, who was also responsible for the popular Ultraman series and Fireman had many things in common with that show. In the series, the handsome Japanese … Continue reading Battle Sequence 002: Fireman (1973)

Ishiro Honda’s Latitude Zero (1969)

What do you get when you mix a plot that seems borrowed from Jules Verne with comic book style heroes and villains that would make Batman envious, costume designs that could be right out of Mario Bava's Diabolik, combined with a mad dash of James Bond and pulp style adventure? You get the terrifically fun … Continue reading Ishiro Honda’s Latitude Zero (1969)

Battle Sequence 001: Silver Kamen (1971)

Begining this week, I'll be welcoming a new regular contributor to Cinebeats who calls himself T3rtiumQuid. T3rtiumQuid will be sharing short "Battle Sequence" clips from rare and hard-to-see Japanese tokusatsu television shows and films produced during the '60s and '70s, and I'll be writing about them. Most of the shows and movies featured in these … Continue reading Battle Sequence 001: Silver Kamen (1971)