THIS IS A FANTASTIC BOOK by a master of special effects who has passed on. We are sad that that the world has lost a creative filmaker and businessman and a true gentleman Kawakita-san.
We obtained the advance copies of this book by attending the Heisei Godzilla Movie Festival running in November 2009 in Tokyo. On each Saturday of the month not only was a movie shown but there was a pre-screening a talk with some of the people involved in the movie production.
The book was officially released on November 30th 2009. Kawakita, Koichi is the editor/author of the book and the most recent special effects master of Toho Films. The title is Heisei Godzilla Chronicle; 55 years a star; 20th annniversary. It covers what are known as the Heisei period Godzilla Movies: Godzilla vs Biollante, Godzilla vs King Ghidora, Godzilla vs Mothra, Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla, Godzilla vs Space Godzilla and Godzilla vs Destroyer. Each movie is given a separate section which is broken down by the weekly production schedule. There are many behind the scenes and action shots! The photos are from Kawakita's personal collection. Each movie has extensive artist's concept sketches of all the monsters and vehicles. There is the full story board from Godzilla vs Biollante. There are biographies and photos of all the production staff including directors, cinematographers, suit makers, prop makers, model makers-everyone who was involved in the special effects or behind the camera production.
There is so much in this book we can't cover it all.The book has 271 pages; soft back book dimensions 8 1/2 by 12 inches.
From the Bandai 2001 Polystone collection here is scene M-1showing Godzilla from the 2001 Toho Movie Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidora Giant Monster All Out Attack. Godzilla is burning the city with his atomic breath. The diorama is about 4 inches tall and 4 1/2 inches long. This figure is in mint condition no breakage (common with this series).
M1 aka M Ichigo makes some of the most highly regarded Japanese Collectible Vinyls. The company owned by Yuji Nishimura makes figures of premium quality vinyl and then hand paints each figure. Here is Greenmons from the Ultra Q series. This is the Glow Version which stands approximately 8 inches. It comes mint in bag.
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