Fans of cult cinema and science fiction, do yourself a favor and track down a copy of Peter H Brothers' Mushroom Clouds And Mushroom Men. A detailed study of the 'fantastic' side of the Godzilla director's filmography this lays out pretty much anything you could ever want to know about Ishiro Honda and the classic Tohoscope science fiction films he directed.
Starting with a biographical overview of Honda's life and work - his connections to Akira Kurosawa are a surprisingly overlooked aspect of his life - before moving on to a detailed breakdown of each of the genre oriented pictures in the Honda canon to give a full picture.
Working from the original Japanese editions of the films rather than the later US cuts, so as to present you with Honda himself rather than later interpretations and packagings of his films, Brothers lays things out in a richly detailed but very straightforward style. The goal is not to wow you with style or flowery prose but to pack in as much information as possible and Brothers does a remarkably good job. Meticulously researched and very detailed, this is must reading for fans not only of kaiju film but the development of Japanese pop culture as a whole.
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