Interviews

  • An interview with Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (2019) director Rob Letterman, who previously worked on Goosebumps and Monsters vs. Aliens. We talk about the film and his past experience with the long running Pokémon franchise. This interview was conducted by phone on May 3rd, 2019, and transcribed by Jeremy Williams.

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    Interviews // June 23, 2019
  • An interview conducted by Toho Kingdom staff with Japanese artist Shinji Nishikawa, known for his work on the Godzilla series from the late ’80s into the early 2000s. The interview took place through e-mail beginning January 11th, 2018 and concluded later that year in November. A majority of the questions are one-offs, with the theme of the interview initially being about “lost projects,” though some of Nishikawa’s other works outside of Toho are briefly discussed as well. Translations by Noah Oskow and Joshua Sudomerski, and special thanks to Matt Frank for helping get this interview together!

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    Interviews // June 2, 2019
  • We have a large update from the Godzilla: King of the Monsters press coverage. This includes exclusive interviews with director Michael Dougherty and actors O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Ken Watanabe. We also have press conference audio with actors that was done in three groups. The first group was Millie Bobby Brown, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Thomas Middleditch. The second grouping was with Kyle Chandler and Bradley Cooper. The final grouping was with Ken Watanabe and director Michael Dougherty. (more…)

    Interviews // May 28, 2019
  • Nicholas Driscoll: I’m here with author John LeMay to interview him in 2019 and catch up. Let’s just jump right into this! Since I last interviewed you, I think you’ve been pretty busy! Could you update us, especially on the books or other things you have been doing that might interest the Toho aficionados who read the site? (more…)

    Interviews // May 27, 2019
  • We interview Jakks Pacific about their Godzilla King of the Monsters toyline, which includes everything from figures on Rodan and King Ghidorah to the voice mask. Questions will be general, like why figures are or aren’t available in certain sizes, to design choices on the specific figures.

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    Interviews // May 3, 2019
  • On September 6th, 2017 I was lucky enough to be invited onto the set of “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” in Atlanta, Georgia. (See right – Photo taken on the set of the Monarch Arctic Base.) Unlike the set visit for Kong: Skull Island, this was a solo trip. Included in this piece are audio interviews with O’Shea Jackson Jr., who plays Chief Warrant Officer Barnes, along with Producer Alex Garcia and Executive Producer/co-writer Zach Shields. (more…)

    Interviews // March 21, 2019
  • A followup to the interview with Steven DeKnight (director/writer on Pacific Rim Uprising, Daredevil, Angel and more) from March 2018. This interview covers not only Steven’s earliest Godzilla memories but he also gives a real in-depth look at creating Pacific Rim Uprising and big budget Hollywood films in general. Recorded as a audio interview, this session is a real must listen for aspiring film makers and those curious about the film making process. (more…)

    Interviews // December 23, 2018
  • Today, we are interviewing author Peter H. Brothers. His work includes Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men: The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda and the recent The Sons of Godzilla. We’ll be asking him about his books and also how he became a Godzilla fan and his early experiences. (more…)

    Interviews // December 11, 2018
  • Mike Bogue is a frequent author of monster movie reviews and articles, and has contributed to many magazines such as WonderScary Monsters, and G-Fan. He has also written a commendable and thoroughly readable book on movies related to the nuclear fears so prominent in the 1950s and 1960s, particularly focusing on the USA and Japan–including many radioactive-flavored monster films! Bogue has also written fiction, including a collection of short stories, and much of his work can be found on the American Kaiju website. Recently I asked him to do an interview for Toho Kingdom, and he graciously agreed! (more…)

    Interviews // November 29, 2018
  • Todd Tennant is a long-time kaiju artist who has contributed art to G-Fan magazine as well as worked closely together with monster-author Mike Bogue (author of Apocalypse Then: American and Japanese Atomic Cinema, 1951-1967), who wrote the script for Tennant’s unfinished King Kong vs. Godzilla graphic novel, and dinosaur expert Allen Debus, for whom Tennant created book cover artwork, specifically for Dinosaur Memories II: Pop-Cultural Reflections on Dino-Daikaiju & Paleoimagery. Tennant has created a number of his own kaiju creations, perhaps most notably King Komodo, but Godzilla fans might know him as the man behind the graphic novelization of the 1994 unmade Godzilla film. Tennant recently agreed to an interview about the project and its release.

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    Interviews // November 19, 2018