Starter sets for Series 1: Rise have sold out at the manufacturer level prior to the product’s upcoming launch date of October 10th, 2008. “We have seen such an overwhelming demand,” said Sherry Yeary, President of Privateer Press. “That we already have a re-stock of starter sets ordered and due to arrive in November.” Retailers should contact their distributors to inquire as to the availability of MONSTERPOCALYPSE starter sets.
Also in Japan Big monster movies are still being made!
While serving in an overseas war zone, a Japanese Self Defense Forces unit is ambushed in a guerilla attack. Only the soldiers Goda and Garaemon survive the assault. The two men vow that they will find a way to prevent more soldiers from dying needlessly on the battlefield.
Years later, Garaemon has developed a body reinforcing agent that may accomplish that goal. But when his lab is attacked by a group of industrial spies, Garaemon injects the experimental serum into his own body. Things go terribly wrong, and the scientist is transformed into a vicious giant monster.
Garaemon rampages through Tokyo. The JSDF attacks with guns and tanks but nothing they do even slows the monster down. To save Japan and his fellow soldiers, Goda decides to use the secret weapon he has invented…the special anti-monster armored vehicle called Robo.
Now, at the final defense line along the Tamagawa River, two man-made monsters will battle to the death…
While Godzilla and Gamera take a movie break, other Japanese monsters have stepped up to fill the “daikaiju vacuum”. The Ultraman series continues with a new kaiju-filled film, DECISIVE BATTLE! THE SUPER 8 ULTRA BROTHERS (Daikessen! Chou Hachi Urutora Kyoudai), opening in September. Shochiku Co., Ltd. has revived their space monster Guilala for next month’s MONSTER X STRIKES BACK/ ATTACK THE G8 SUMMIT! (Girara no Gyakushu / Samitto Kiki Ippatsu!). Independent filmmaker Jun Awazu made the world’s first completely computer generated kaiju movie, NEGADON: THE MONSTER FROM MARS (Wakusei Daikaiju Negadon, 2005), comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto wrote, directed, and starred in the acclaimed DAINIPPONJIN (2007), and fan-turned-director Shinpei Hayashiya hopefully has the long-awaited DEEP SEA MONSTER REIGO (Shinkaiju Reigo) coming out this year.
On genre news sites and message boards fans have wondered if G was a new indie movie, a fan film, a short, or simply a trailer or FX highlight reel. There has been much speculation but little in the way of concrete information, so SciFi Japan recently spoke with the director/ writer/ editor/ FX director of G and got the official word on the production.
G is a 48 minute long independent kaiju film made by Kiyotaka Taguchi, a professional 2D FX artist who has worked on major studio pictures from Japan and the United States.
The 28 year old filmmaker was hired just out of college to work as the 4th AD to special effects director Makoto Kamiya on Toho’s GODZILLA, MOTHRA & KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK (aka GMK, Gojira Mosura Kingugidora Daikaiju Soukougeki, 2001). The following year, Taguchi went to work on the art staff under art director Toshio Miike. He built miniatures and dressed sets on GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA (Gojira x Mekagojira, 2002), GODZILLA: TOKYO SOS (Gojira x Mosura x Mekagojira: Tokyo SOS, 2003), and GODZILLA: FINAL WARS (2004).
Beyond the Godzilla series, Taguchi has created 2D effects for Kenta Fukusaku’s BATTLE ROYALE II: REQUIEM (Batoru Rowaiaru II: Chinkonka, 2003), Shinji Higuchi’s remake of SINKING OF JAPAN (Nihon Chinbotsu, 2006), the American sequel THE GRUDGE 2 (2006), the indie Japanese movie THE iDOl (2007), Fuji TV and Toho’s retelling of the classic Chinese tale MONKEY MAGIC (Saiyuki, 2007), and the American remake of the Thai horror movie SHUTTER (2008).
He is currently working on director Yukihiko Tsutsumi’s three part film series 20TH CENTURY BOYS (20-Seiki Shonen). Based on the sci-fi manga by Naoki Urusawa, a new BOYS movie will be released by Toho each season, with the first chapter opening in Japanese theaters on August 30, 2008.
told SciFi Japan. “The first Godzilla film I saw was the 1984 GODZILLA [aka GODZILLA 1985] when I was 4. To be honest, it was a bit traumatic! But I loved Godzilla and Ultraman. In junior high school I shot a kaiju film on 8mm video and used a sock puppet and fireworks.”
“As a boy I loved the ‘VS’ Godzilla series [also known as the Heisei Series] the most. Today, however, I prefer the classics and can see where the work done then really outshines everything since.”
G was shot with consumer grade handycam equipment, with filming taking place from 2000 - 2007. Taguchi started working on the movie when he was a student studying film direction at the Nikkatsu Visual Arts Academy (Nikkatsu Geijitsu Gakuin). Almost all the people involved in the film were students there, with the exceptions of music composers Akihide Hara and Kaoruko Aida and the actress Beniko who plays the character “Hono” in G. Beniko is theatrical actress who was introduced to Taguchi by a mutual friend.
The university students who worked on G named their group “Gokan”. Much of the acting in the film is rather poor, but the performances are acceptable with the understanding that the cast was made up of non-professionals rather than trained actors.