Ishiro Honda was arguably the most internationally successful Japanese director of his generation, with an unmatched succession of science fiction films that were commercial hits worldwide From the atomic allegory of Godzilla and the beguiling charms of Mothra to the tragic mystery of Matango and the disaster and spectacle of Rodan, The Mysterians, King Kong vs Godzilla, and many others, Hondas films reflected postwar Japans real life anxieties and incorporated fantastical special effects, a formula that appealed to audiences around the globe and created a popular culture phenomenon that spans generations Now, in the first full account of this long overlooked directors life and career, authors Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski shed new light on Hondas work and the experiences that shaped itincluding his days as a reluctant Japanese soldier, witnessing the aftermath of Hiroshima, and his lifelong friendship with Akira Kurosawa Ishiro Honda A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa features close analysis of Hondas films including, for the first time, his rarely seen dramas, comedies, and war films and draws on previously untapped documents and interviews to explore how creative, economic, and industrial factors impacted his career Fans of Honda, Godzilla, and tokusatsu special effects film, and of Japanese film in general, will welcome this in depth study of a highly influential director who occupies a uniquely important position in science fiction and fantasy cinema, as well as in world cinema Together, the authors have provided audio commentary tracks and produced supplemental material for numerous home video releases, including Ishiro Hondas Godzilla for the British Film Institute They co produced the documentary feature Bringing Godzilla Down to Size 2008....
|Title||:||Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa|
|Publisher||:||Wesleyan October 3, 2017|
|Number of Pages||:||336 pages|
|File Size||:||795 KB|
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Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa Reviews
Anybody who is familiar with Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski know that these two men know their stuff when it comes to Godzilla and Toho science-fiction and fantasy movies. These two not only wrote seminal books about Godzilla; they also provided excellent audio commentaries on MOTHRA, BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE and several Godzilla movies and even a well-done documentary BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE, which can only be found on the sadly out-of-print RODAN and WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS set released by Classic Media. One can argue that it was through these audio commentaries that people in America started to take Godzilla and Ishiro Honda very seriously.
If you are the type of film buff who enjoys watching CRITERION COLLECTION discs to go in depth behind the scenes of an old movie - to learn about the making of, the actors and production crew, culture contemporary to the film, and critical response, both positive and negative, then you will probably enjoy this book. If you have ever watched one of Mr. Honda's films and wished that he had left a commentary track behind for the film, then this book is the next best thing. Flipping back and forth between text and the hundreds of documented notes, it is apparent that the authors' work in researching and translating original source materials and interviews was a monumental task. The text is dense yet not artsy or pretentious. The authors are objective and present both positive and negative viewpoints of Mr. Honda's works from his former staff and actors, contemporary critics, and even his own words. I felt that this book greatly enriched my understanding of Japanese cinema, culture, and 20th century Japanese history.
This is the book I have been waiting for!!! What an inspiring, thoughtful and extraordinarily well-researched book this is. I haven’t been so engrossed in a book in quite some time as I was by reading Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa. This biography is a love letter to one of the most under appreciated directors in all of cinema history; Ishiro Honda. Growing up I was inspired by Honda’s work and its why I went into a career in film. The ironic thing is that Honda was perhaps the most financially successful Japanese filmmakers of all time, yet his non Godzilla films are lost to obscurity.