The Castro Theatre in San Francisco was the place to be November 17-23, 2004, in honor of Godzilla's 50th birthday The best Godzilla Film Fest we have known about took place there. This is the 16 page program book from the event sponsored by Bay Area Film Events which showed 20 Godzilla or Kaiju Films.
The special guests were great:Russ Tamblyn (the first ever appearance in regard to War of the Gargantuas), Hiroshi Koizumi who was in Godzilla Raids Again, and many other Godzilla movies (he reprised his role in Mothra 1961 42 years later in Tokyo Sos), Tsutomu Kitagawa (the latest actor to don the Godzilla suit), Jerry Ito best remembered for his role of the vile Clark Nelson in Mothra 1961), Akira Kubo played many roles in Toho Films including Matago, Gorath, Son of Godzilla, Destroy All Monsters.
There are biographies of all the guests in the program. Also every film shown is given several paragraphs of synopsis and commentary by August Ragone of Henshin! Online. The center page has photos from some of the Godzilla Movies. The cover illustration is Mark Nagata.
This awesome book is part of the new Kodansha Official File Magazine Tokusatsu series. Daimajin is the focus of Volume 11. There are lots of photos from all the Daimajin movies.
In addition to the Daimajin material, there is an interview (in Japanese of course) with Kumi Mizuno best remembered for her roles in Matango and Godzilla vs Monster Zero.
There are photos from Matango also. There is a section on Booska the loveable character from Japanese TV and other Tokusatsu heroes. These are FUN books with lots of rarely seen photos.
The book is 34 full color pages and measures approximately 9 by 12 inches. Scroll down for additional photos.