Directors DIRECTOR FILMOGRAPHY - The Films of ISHIRO HONDA

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  1. Jim_K

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    DIRECTOR FILMOGRAPHY - The Films of ISHIRO HONDA

    Rank ‘em, rate ‘em, review ‘em or whatever.

    ISHIRO HONDA

    Dreams (1990) (segments "Tunnel, The", "Mount Fuji in Red", prologue & epilogue of "Weeping Demon, The") (uncredited)

    Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
    Mirâman (1973)
    Yog: Monster from Space (1970)
    Godzilla's Revenge (1969)
    Latitude Zero (1969)
    Destroy All Monsters (1968)
    King Kong Escapes (1967)
    The War of the Gargantuas (1966)
    Come Marry Me (1966)
    Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
    Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)
    Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
    Dagora, the Space Monster (1964)
    Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
    Atragon (1963)
    Attack of the Mushroom People (1963)
    Varan the Unbelievable (1962)
    King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
    Gorath (1962)
    The Scarlet Man (1961)
    Mothra (1961)
    The Human Vapor (1960)
    Seniors, Juniors, Co-Workers (1959)
    Inao: Story of an Iron Arm (1959)
    An Echo Calls You (1959)
    Battle in Outer Space (1959)
    Baran: Monster from the East (1958)
    The H-Man (1958)
    Song for a Bride (1958)
    A Farewell to the Woman Called My Sister (1957)
    A Rainbow Plays in My Heart (1957)
    A Teapicker's Song of Goodbye (1957)
    Be Happy, These Two Lovers (1957)
    The Mysterians (1957)
    Half Human: The Story of the Abominable Snowman (1957) (Japanese scenes)
    Rodan (1956)
    People of Tokyo, Goodbye (1956)
    Night School (1956)
    Young Tree (1956)
    Beast Man Snow Man (1955)
    Cry-Baby (1955)
    Love Makeup (1955)
    Godzilla (1954)
    Farewell Rabaul (1954)
    Eagle of the Pacific (1953)
    Adolescence Part II (1953)
    The Man Who Came to Port (1952)
    The Skin of the South (1952)
    The Blue Pearl (1951)
    Ise Island (1950)
    A Story of a Co-op (1949)
     
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    Ratings out of [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]


    ISHIRO HONDA (1911 - 1993)


    Dreams (1990) (segments "Tunnel, The", "Mount Fuji in Red", prologue & epilogue of "Weeping Demon, The") [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Mirâman (1973)
    The Space Amoeba (1970) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Godzilla's Revenge (1969) [​IMG]
    Latitude Zero (1969) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Destroy All Monsters (1968) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    King Kong Escapes (1967)
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    The War of the Gargantuas (1966) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Come Marry Me (1966)
    Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Dagora, the Space Monster (1964)
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    Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Atragon (1963) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Attack of the Mushroom People (1963) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Varan the Unbelievable (1962) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Gorath (1962) [​IMG] [​IMG]

    The Scarlet Man (1961)
    Mothra (1961) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Human Vapor (1960) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Seniors, Juniors, Co-Workers (1959)
    Inao: Story of an Iron Arm (1959)
    An Echo Calls You (1959)
    Battle in Outer Space (1959) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Baran: Monster from the East (1958) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The H-Man (1958)
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    Song for a Bride (1958)
    A Farewell to the Woman Called My Sister (1957)
    A Rainbow Plays in My Heart (1957)
    A Teapicker's Song of Goodbye (1957)
    Be Happy, These Two Lovers (1957)
    The Mysterians (1957) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Half Human: The Story of the Abominable Snowman (1957) [​IMG]
    Rodan (1956) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    People of Tokyo, Goodbye (1956)
    Night School (1956)
    Young Tree (1956)
    Beast Man Snow Man (1955)
    Cry-Baby (1955)
    Love Makeup (1955)
    Godzilla (1954) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Farewell Rabaul (1954)
    Eagle of the Pacific (1953)
    Adolescence Part II (1953)
    The Man Who Came to Port (1952)
    The Skin of the South (1952)
    The Blue Pearl (1951)
    Ise Island (1950)
    A Story of a Co-op (1949)
     
  3. george kaplan

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    ISHIRO HONDA

    Geez, I can't even begin to do this one. I know I've seen Godzilla, and I know I've seen lots more of these on tv growing up, but I don't know which ones or how many.

    And I know that I have no interest in watching any of them ever again, or having any on dvd.
     
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    I know I've seen Godzilla, and a bunch of the other "Big G" flicks, but don't really remember which ones.
     
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    Updated Master list...............................
     
  6. Steve Christou

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    Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Godzilla's Revenge (1969) [​IMG]
    Destroy All Monsters (1968) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    King Kong Escapes (1967) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    War of the Gargantuas (1966) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Gorath (1962) [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Mothra (1961) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Battle in Outer Space (1959) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The H-Man (1958) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Mysterians (1957) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Rodan (1956) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Godzilla (1954)
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    Never thought I'd see Godzilla's Inoshiro (as I know his name) Honda listed here, and why not? These films have a huge cult following, I just never thought I'd see any fans here, Jim.[​IMG]

    Ranked (top 5)

    1)Godzilla (1954) (I have both versions of this classic)
    2)Monster Zero (1965)
    3)King Kong vs Godzilla
    4)Destroy All Monsters
    5)The Mysterians

    Ratings out of 5


    Japanese sci-fi/monster movies I've collected over the years.

    1955Godzilla - King of the Monsters
    1957Rodan
    1957 Mysterians ,The
    1958H Man ,The
    1959Battle in Outer Space
    1959Gigantis - The Fire Monster
    1962Gorath
    1962Last War ,The
    1962Mothra
    1963King Kong Vs Godzilla
    1964Ghidrah the 3 Headed Monster
    1964Godzilla Vs The Thing
    1965Monster Zero
    1965 Frankenstein Conquers the World
    1966 War of the Gargantuas
    1966Godzilla Vs The Sea Monster
    1967Son of Godzilla
    1968Destroy All Monsters
    1968King Kong Escapes
    1969Godzilla's Revenge
    1971Godzilla Vs The Smog Monster
    1972Godzilla Vs Gigan
    1973Godzilla Vs Megalon
    1974Godzilla Vs The Cosmic Monster
    1975Terror of MechaGodzilla
    1984Godzilla 1984
    1989Godzilla Vs Biollante
    1991Godzilla Vs King Ghidorah
    1992Godzilla Vs Mothra
    1993Godzilla Vs MechaGodzilla
    1994Godzilla Vs Destroyah
    1994Godzilla Vs SpaceGodzilla
    1995Gamera 1 - Guardian of the Universe
    1996Gamera 2 - Attack of Legion
    1999Gamera 3 - Revenge of Iris
    2000Godzilla 2000
    2000Godzilla Vs Megaguiras
    2001Godzilla Giant Monsters-All Out Attack
    2002Godzilla Vs MechaGodzilla
    2003Godzilla SOS Tokyo
    2004 Godzilla Final Wars
     
  7. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    Well, I fessed up to seeing them, but I can't claim to remember which ones, except the original. Cool has nothing to do with it - I readily admit to having seen and liked lots of 'uncool' movies, and not liking a number of 'cool' movies. If it's any consolation, while I'd never voluntarily rewatch a Godzilla film (with the possible exception of Godzilla meets Bambi [​IMG]), if my only choice was Godzilla or a film by Bunuel, I'd be popping in Godzilla faster than you can say "Godard loves Jerry Lewis".
     
  8. Brook K

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    Hold on to your knickers Steve, snobby-film guy is a Godzilla fan!

    Your son would probably like them George. I've got Jesse hooked and he loves 'em. (he's 4 too)

    Unfortunately, I've never seen any of the sequels A. uncut and b. in Japanese. Though unlike a lot of fans, the humor value of the dubs is a lot of what I appreciate and I don't know if some of the lesser entries in the series would even be watchable if they were truly meant to be more serious. As I've said before, I don't like the early 90's films as much as I like some of the maligned late 60's and 70's entries, because the 90's films try to hard to be serious which is difficult to accept when you've got a guy in a suit stomping on models.

    Honda is a very good choice because unlike the modern directors, he could make serious-minded Godzilla films that really worked.

    *1. Godzilla - A- ( I still kick myself that I didn't make an effort to see it when it got a re-release a year or two ago. It only played here one week and then was gone)
    2. Mothra vs. Godzilla - A- (2nd best G-movie after the original)
    3. Ghidrah, The Three-Headed Monster - A- (frame story is weak but really, really good fights)
    4. Godzilla's Revenge - B+ (Unfairly maligned; Yes, it suffers from a low-budget excuse to recycle a lot of previous footage, but I thought this was an interesting idea for a "different" kind of Godzilla film and is a really good children's film. Plus Minya is so cute :b )
    5. Mothra - B+ (Just love the Mothra chicks. That song never gets old Mosura-AH, Mosura-AH...
    6. Destroy All Monsters - B
    7. The War of the Gargantuas - B

    8. King Kong vs. Godzilla - B- (kind of funny with decent fights, but I just can't get past the King Kong suit, looks like Kong is shedding)
    9. Rodan - B- (The cut, English dub version)
    10. Terror of Mechagodzilla - D (one of the worst)

    Own: 1 (I have Revenge, vs. Mothra, Ghidrah, and Terror of Mechagodzilla on VHS)
     
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    Ratings from [​IMG] to [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Mirâman (1973)
    Space Amoeoba (1970) [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Godzilla's Revenge (1969) [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Latitude Zero (1969) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    Destroy All Monsters (1968) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    King Kong Escapes (1967) [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    The War of the Gargantuas (1966) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Come Marry Me (1966)
    Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965) (Own the DVD, haven't watched it yet)
    Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Dagora, the Space Monster (1964) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Atragon (1963)
    Attack of the Mushroom People (1963) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Varan the Unbelievable (1962) [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Gorath (1962) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Scarlet Man (1961)
    Mothra (1961) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Human Vapor (1960)
    Seniors, Juniors, Co-Workers (1959)
    Inao: Story of an Iron Arm (1959)
    An Echo Calls You (1959)
    Battle in Outer Space (1959) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Baran: Monster from the East (1958) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    The H-Man (1958) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Song for a Bride (1958)
    A Farewell to the Woman Called My Sister (1957)
    A Rainbow Plays in My Heart (1957)
    A Teapicker's Song of Goodbye (1957)
    Be Happy, These Two Lovers (1957)
    The Mysterians (1957) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Half Human: The Story of the Abominable Snowman (1957) (Japanese scenes)
    Rodan (1956) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    People of Tokyo, Goodbye (1956)
    Godzilla: King of the Monsters! (1956) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Night School (1956)
    Young Tree (1956)
    Beast Man Snow Man (1955)
    Cry-Baby (1955)
    Love Makeup (1955)
    Gojira (1954) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    Farewell Rabaul (1954)
    Eagle of the Pacific (1953)
    Adolescence Part II (1953)
    The Man Who Came to Port (1952)
    The Skin of the South (1952)
    The Blue Pearl (1951)
    Ise Island (1950)
    A Story of a Co-op (1949)

    Seen 22
    Own 21
     
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    You may very well be right about that (though he just turned 5 today [​IMG]). He certainly likes dinosaurs, although I'm currently working on introducing him to the Flintstones. [​IMG]
     
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    I think all little boys are into dinosaurs and trains and monsters, etc.

    I don't own the Jurassic Park movies, but he enjoys the silent version of The Lost World.

    Bill, is War of the Gargantuas on DVD?
     
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    I own Jurassic Park, but I'm not ready to let hnim watch it yet.
     
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    Bill and Brook surprised me too Jim. Godzilla, Rodan & Mothra don't get mentioned in Sight & Sound much. [​IMG]



    Yep, spectacular stuff. Godzilla has lost his big eyed goofiness and returned to his rampaging mutant dinosaur roots, and the visual effects are better in the recent entries, digital stereo sound is also a big plus.
     
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    Not any that I'm aware of...there might be a Japanese R2 disc somewhere.

    The movie is a shitload of fun!
    Two giant shaggy-looking cavemen-like brothers, each a different colour, beat the crap out of each other for 90 minutes causing mass destruction everywhere they go.

    Also included are a groovy and uber cool Russ Tamblyn and a groovy 60's style pop song 'The Words Get Stuck in My Throat' which is absolutely hilarious.

    Seen this about a dozen times, but don't own any copy of it. [​IMG]
     
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    In order of merit:


    1.KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (1963) BOMB
    2.GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA (1964) BOMB


    Regardless of my ratings above, I'd be interested in checking out both Japanese and U.S. versions of GOJIRA (1954), as well as THE MYSTERIANS (1957).
     
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    Mario, my advice is for you to stay far, far away from anymore Godzilla films, with the exception of the original Japanese version of GOJIRA (1954). See that very serious and grimly-toned feature (which you may deem worth of possibly two or three stars) and then pretend you've never heard of these films after that. It's obvious they're not for you, and if you can't have fun with KING KONG and MOTHRA (two of the best, especially MOTHRA), you'll never like any others. You've told me recently that you may want to check out GODZILLA'S REVENGE (considered one of the poorest and most juvenile, even by diehards!) so save yourself the trouble.
     
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    Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Godzilla's Revenge (1969) [​IMG][​IMG]
    Destroy All Monsters (1968) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    King Kong Escapes (1967) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    The War of the Gargantuas (1966) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Mothra (1961) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Godzilla (1954) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     

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