Posts Tagged ‘Tokusatsu’
The Asian film industry of the mid 70s was infused with the spirit of sharing–or, at least, borrowing. And often without permission. One of the results of this was a series of incredibly strange hybrid superhero films that were just as likely to include figures from Thai folklore as they were mad scientists and damsels in distress. In this episode therefore we’ll be discussing two of these pan-Asian franken-films, Mars Men and Superriders Against The Devils.
00m 00s – Intro/Mars Men background/The story of Sompote Sands
32m 38s – Mars Men review
57m 50s – Kamen Rider & Superriders Against The Devils background
63m 00s – Superriders Against The Devils review
General Guan Yu battles aliens from Mars. Interested yet?
This slowly more widespread 1976 movie The Big Calamity (aka War God) is an event unlike any other from Taiwan. An event that sparks giddiness in even non fans of the men in suits smashing buildings and battling other man in suits-movies. Taiwan was a little Kaiju-engine that could
00m 00s – Intro/The Big Calamity production background/Taiwan Kaiju through the ages
42m 00s – Chen Hung-min bio/discussion
51m 58s – General Guan Yau background
58m 18s – The Big Calamity review