"There is so much writing in English on Japanese cinema that can't be accepted at face value — not because the writers are careless, but because the differences in culture and language are just too intricate. When I see August Ragone's name on a piece of writing, it gives me permission to place my faith in it completely. Among Japanese fantasy film historians, he's the best working in English." —Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog


Saturday, May 1, 2010

"GODZILLATHON" ROARS INTO SAN FRANCISCO!
May 8th-13th at Viz Cinema, Japantown

ゴジラ映画祭はシスコにに現わる!



VIZ Cinema is unleashing the monsters for KAIJU SHAKEDOWN: GODZILLATHON! from Saturday, May 8th thru Thursday, May 13th. Featured are rare screenings of four Godzilla films from the 1970s' "Toho Champion Festival", which produced some of the most outre entries of the series, which were made exclusively for children. But, even so, these were some of the most violent of all the Godzilla films, and the juxtaposition must be seen to be believed — imagine H.R. PUFF'N'STUFF as told by Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah... But, wilder!

Screening are Yoshimitsu Banno's GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH (1971), Jun Fukuda's GODZILLA VS. GIGAN (1972), GODZILLA VS. MEGALON (1973), and GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (1974) — all in their widescreen glory! For GODZILLATHON, Toho Company has struck brand-new, 35mm prints for this event, in Japanese with English subtitles! Previously, Stateside festivals and theaters could only rent Toho's "International" English-dubbed versions of the films — making this event even more special for Bay Area monster mavens!

Don't miss out on the chance to see the color and fury of these films in stunning 35mm a VIZ Cinema, the nation’s first movie theatre devoted exclusively to Japanese film and anime. The 143-seat subterranean venue is located in the New People building, which boasts state-of-the-art projection and a premium THX®-certified sound system, and plush seating. Ticket prices: General Admission: $10.00; Senior & Child: $8.00.

GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH (1971)
May 8 & 9 at 1:00 pm • May 10 & 12 at 5:00 pm

GODZILLA VS. GIGAN (1972)
May 8 & 9 at 3:00 pm • May 10 & 12 at 7:00 pm

GODZILLA VS. MEGALON (1973)
May 8 & 9 at 5:00 pm • May 11 & 13 at 5:00 pm

GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (1974)
May 8 & 9 at 7:00 pm • May 11 & 13 at 7:00 pm


VIZ CINEMA • NEW PEOPLE MALL • JAPANTOWN
1746 Post St,
San Francisco, CA 94115
Telephone: 415-525-8600

Click here to purchase Advance Tickets!

1 comment:

Susan said...

Excellent Article. Really very much impressed with it and the all the godzilla series. Seriously I became a huge fan of the monster and started collecting many Godzilla Monster Toys