Friday, February 05, 2010

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

“MUSHROOM CLOUDS AND MUSHROOM MEN -- The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda.” by Peter Brothers

For the first time in America, a book has been published on Japan's foremost director of Fantasy Films: Ishiro Honda.

Known primarily for directing such classic Japanese monster movies as Rodan, Mothra, Attack of the Mushroom People and the original Godzilla, Honda has been a much-overlooked figure in mainstream international cinema.

The book is the first to cover in English print Honda's life -- including his heretofore untold military service in Japan's Imperial Army during World War II -- as well as the first to comprehensively cover all 25 of his fantasy, science-fiction and monster movies. It is also the first to give objective and critical analysis of Honda's filmmaking methods, favorite themes and his relationships with actors and technicians.

Making use of extensive interviews from Honda’s colleagues, as well as a wealth of original source material never before gathered into one volume (including unpublished essays), MUSHROOM CLOUDS AND MUSHROOM MEN is an affectionate tribute to arguably the most-prolific and influential director in the history of fantasy films.

View a video interview with Peter Brothers here:

The Thunder Child will have a review of Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men shortly, so stay tuned!

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