"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

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

MONSTER MASH: TRIBUTE TO ISHIRO HONDA
+ Screening of THE WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS!


Gaira ©Toho Co., Ltd. Art: Masano Koga, 1998

On Saturday, October 30th, editor of the national J-Pop mag Otaku USA, Patrick Macias and author of the lauded Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters, August Ragone respond to the Halloween call with a titanic tribute to the director of the original GODZILLA, Ishiro Honda.

With more than a nod towards the recently released book Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men: The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda by Peter Brothers, the provocative pair of kaiju fanboys contextualize Honda's prolific career with rare images and clips from classics of Japanese fantasy cinema such as RODAN, MOTHRA, THE MYSTERIANS, MONSTER ZERO, DESTROY ALL MONSTERS, ATRAGON, and BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE.

Plus! A special 16mm screening of Honda's THE WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS (1966), in which two hairy humanoids spawned from the colossal Frankenstein Monster (seen in FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD), wreak havoc on — where else? — Tokyo.

Doors 7:30pm/Show at 8:00pm • Admission $6.00 • Free Hot Sake! • Come in Cosplay for cinematic trick-or-treats!

OTHER CINEMA / ATA Gallery
992 Valencia Street (@ 21st)
San Francisco, CA 94110