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Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men: The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda

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Here, for the first time in English print, is the inspiring story of a humble and soft-spoken man who became one of the most-prolific directors in the history of fantasy films. Raised in a primitive Japanese village by a Buddhist monk, Ishiro Honda fell in love with films at a young age and soon enrolled in film school with the intent of one day becoming a director. Called ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Authorhouse
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D.M. Dutcher
Exhaustive book covering the biography of Ishiro Honda, director of Godzilla films and his entire filmography. Honda was an oddity in the directing world; he seemed to be a nice, if quiet and passive director who had managed to direct one of the most influential films ever made; Godzilla, King of the Monsters. The first part of the book is his biography, and the rest are histories and criticism of all the films he directed.

The tone is dry, and the book is massive. But if you're a Godzilla fan,
Dang Ole' Dan Can Dangle
Ishiro Honda is the man best known for directing the first Godzilla movie (Gojira) and many of the Godzilla films that followed in the Showa era (1964-1980). A humble and quiet man passionate about the films he made but also a man loyal to his company (Toho). A man who expressed his wartime experience and encounters with the atomic bomb through a man in a giant rubber reptile suit. But this is not a review of Honda's films; this is a review of a book written about his films.

Firstly be warned th
Rich Meyer
This sounds like a fantastic read, and it started that way, but there are parts of the text that are either jumbled up or missing every few pages (at least in the first 10% of the book) that make it impossible to follow; it seems like a truly horrible OCR job. Very sad, because Honda is one of my favorite directors.
While this title serves as a prime example of the need for proofreading in the ebook industry, it is nevertheless a compelling look at a director who was a staple of my childhood (though I didn't necessarily know that back then). Brothers provides a fascinating entry into the life of Ishiro Hondo (also known as "The Father of Godzilla"), and does a wonderful job of describing the highs and lows of his career and films (though, in the case of the latter, it sometimes seems like he's more interest ...more
The first 60 pages was a pretty good biography of Honda, a company-man studio director ground down by the increasing juvenility of the Godzilla movies. However, the rest of the book is write-ups of the individual films that don't have any plot summaries and thus if like me, you last saw most of the Honda movies when you were 8, this part is nearly useless.
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“Ifukube’s music was rarely tampered with or shortened by Honda after it had been recorded and the director gave his composer total freedom in writing whatever music he deemed appropriate.” 0 likes
“In a remarkable declaration written as part of an essay published shortly after Tsuburaya’s death titled “Tsuburaya Eiji, Tokusatsu Majishan” (Tsuburaya, the Magician of Special Effects) Honda acknowledged that he considered Eiji Tsuburaya – and not his directorial tutor Kajiro Yamamoto – as his true mentor.” 0 likes
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