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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Assorted Bits & Pieces: BIG DUEL IN THE SOUTH SEAS As Japanese Whalers Battle Against Animal Rights Activists and Godzilla!


In an amazing piece of international irony, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in Australia has christened their new interceptor vessel 'Gojira' as part of their battle against Japanese whalers and those that threaten sea life whether endangered, or not. But whose going to stop rampaging whales from leaping out of the water and wrecking the boats of innocent daysailers? Like this 40 tonner in South Africa in the pic below, or read about it HERE...


What's most interesting about this piece of news is that the image of the monster on the side of this sleek ship isn't the form of the classical Japanese Kaiju favorite, but that of Gino, the dreaded and much maligned monster from the 1998 American Godzilla! In another minor bit of shocking minutiae, Gino was seen once more on the big screen in Japan and quickly dispatched by the real Godzilla in the horrid GODZILLA FINAL WARS...in Australia!! The home where this vessel hails from!!! But seriously, Toho is fiercely protective of their radioactive money pit, so they likely wouldn't allow them to use the actual visage of the radioactive fire breathing monster. For the full story on this topic and more photos of 'Godzilla', click HERE.

Speaking of Japan, the Japan Society in New York City has a few Japanese movies playing with one of them being a New York premiere, two award winners and one stars David Bowie and Takeshi Kitano! Read below for the details....

We are proud to announce the next film program in conjunction with Monthly Classics series: SHADOWS OF THE RISING SUN: Cinema and Empire.

This winter, a new Japan Society film series tells the multifaceted story of Japan’s quest for Empire and its tragic downfall, as seen through the eyes of filmmakers from Japan and China.

In four epoch-making titles, Shadows of the Rising Sun explores the conflagration and its dreadful consequences: the feature films presented, from Kon Ichikawa’s 1959 arch-classic Fires on the Plain to Koji Wakamatsu’s recent and controversial shocker Caterpillar (which earned main actress Shinobu Terajima the 2010 Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival), go to the confines of history and truth, beyond the bright madness of battle and heroism, into the metaphysical realm of death, evil, sacrifice and the sublime.

Schedules:

Fires on the Plain at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 10

Caterpillar at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, December 11 (New York Premiere)

Devils on the Doorstep at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 12

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 12

Experience these four exceptional films during a one-weekend only event. More information on Shadows of the Rising Sun: Cinema and Empire can be found at the following URL:

http://www.japansociety.org/film


4 comments:

Ivan said...

Yes, taken as a whole, Godzilla Final Wars is horrid. But if you FF through anything not Godzilla related, it's an incredible--but short--movie.
BTW, are you familiar with Monster Sushu on 23rd St. in NYC? Originally, they called themselves Godzilla Sushi--until Toho's lawyers showed up. Monster Sushi has the lawyer's letter in their front window.

venoms5 said...

That's a funny story, Ivan. I've heard of it. A friend of mine in NY mentioned it to me on one of my last trips up there. Toho takes the Big 'G' very seriously.

Carl Manes said...

Whale hunting is overrated anyways, but at least Big G is on the prowl now!

venoms5 said...

This news item was just plain weird to me and that image of Gino on the side of the vessel was pretty damn funny I thought.

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