GIRLS of GODZILLA
Much like their counterparts in American sci-fi movies, the female characters in Toho's classic genre films played second fiddle to the men, but similarities end there. Toho's monster maidens may have appeared to be the usual damsels in distress, scream queens, or romantic diversions, but beneath the surface were often strong, vibrant characters who acted as the moral fulcrum to the drama. In many of Toho's best sci-fi and monster films, especially those directed by Ishiro Honda and penned by either Shinichi Sekizawa or Takeshi Kimura, the fate of society or even the world hinged on one woman's act of conscience -consider, for instance, Godzilla, Attack of the Mushroom People, Monster Zero, Terror of Mechagodzilla. The memorable women of the Kaiju Eiga ran the gamut from heroines to tragic villains, and in their best moments they infused the genre with a certain sensuality and eroticism even while remaining at an arm's distance from their lovers, another tradition in Japanese films (count the number of kisses in the entire Godzilla series: One -gaijin Nick Adams broke the taboo in Monster Zero, and even then, the kiss is seen only fleetingly). As an added bonus, they were portrayed by beautiful, captivating actresses.
KUMI MIZUNO: Queen of outer space
Kumi Mizuno's performance as Miss Namikawa, the alien interloper-turned-lover in Monster Zero encapsulates all the qualities that make her the Godzilla series' most alluring actress: Flirtatious- ness, wit, vulnerability, mystery. Mizuno tran- scended the genre's conservative limitations and turned in daring performances, igniting the screen with her vivacious looks, her acting talent, and above all her star quality. Even when clad in a body-hugging latex spacewoman suit and jet-black wig, Mizuno looked glamorous, not silly. Director Ishiro Honda once said, "My movies. ..have more Westernized females than traditional Japanese women characters," and he preferred "a type of actress who actually transform themselves into the characters emotionally." Mizuno's ability to delve into her roles made her one of Honda's favorite performers.
Mizuno (b. January 1, 1937, real name: Maya Igarashi), like many of her contemporaries, spent only a small part of her career in monster movies. She made her film debut in 1957 and soon appeared in her first SFX film, The Three Treasures, directed by Hiroshi Inagaki who, like Honda, appreciated Mizuno's intense style and cast her in several features, including the classic Chushingura (1962). Honda used her prominently in several of his best genre movies: Mizuno was Ari Sonoda, whose astronaut lover is killed aboard the ill-fated spaceship in Gorath (a film in which Mizuno is seen taking a bath!); Mami Sekiguchi, the brassy, bitchy starlet who succumbs to temptation and seductively eats the allegorical "forbidden fruit" in Attack of the Mushroom People (Mizuno sings a wonderfully ditzy song during the film's opening); and a sym- pathetic scientist who becomes a giant monster's love object in both Frankenstein Conquers the World and War of the Gargantuas. Apart from Monster Zero, Mizuno appeared in only one other Godzilla film. In Godzilla versus The Sea Monster she played the similarly strong-willed native girl Daiyo, a savage beauty who cunningly escapes her Red Bamboo captors.
Mizuno worked in dozens of movies during the 196os; sadly, the most widely seen of these outside Japan is Woody Allen's looped-and-Ioopy reworking of a Toho spy flick, What's Up, Tiger Lily?, where Mizuno can be seen showering behind an opaque glass window while "Phil Moscowitz" (Tatsuya Mihashi) has a showdown with the bad guys in the next room. Mizuno's film work tapered off in the '7OS but she continues to appear on Japanese soap operas and other TV programs. She is still beautiful, and she still looks back fondly upon her work in monster movies. In 1993, she appeared alongside Toho stalwarts like Haruo Nakajima and Teruyoshi Nakano in a tribute program to the late director Ishiro Honda on Japanese television.
The jury is still out as to whether Mizuno and Nick Adams, her leading man in three films, really had a romantic affair (see chapter 6). One thing's for sure:, If they didn't, it wasn't because Adams wasn't interested.
YURIKO HOSHI: Toho's cub reporter
Born on December 6 1943, Yuriko Hoshi was one of the younger members of the Toho stable of actors during the 1960s. She made a big impression in the Wakadasho (Young Guy) movies and was recognized for her youthful energy. Eventually she became more known for her roles in kaiju eiga films such as Mosura tai Gojira (1964) (Godzilla vs. The Thing) (1964) and San daikaijŁ‹ Chikyu saidai no kessen (1964) (Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster) (1964). And she also appeared in the new movie Godzilla vs Megaguirus as the doctor who created the Dimension Tide a weapon supposed to get rid of Godzilla for good .
If Kumi Mizuno was the Kaiju Eiga's reigning sexy starlet, Yuriko Hoshi was its sassy charmer. A member of a Brat Pack-style group of young Toho actors in the mid-196os, Hoshi was popular in Toho's "Young Guy" (Wakadaisho) movies and her youthful enthusiasm carried over into her handful of sci-fi movies. Born December 6, 1943, Hoshi began her film career in the early 196os and appeared in dozens of comedies, dramas, and war movies. As the photographer Junko in Godzilla vs. The Thing, she provided a delightful, lightly comical and naive counterpoint to Akira Takarada's edgy reporter, and in Ghidrah: The Three-Headed Monster her spunkiness as reporter-sister Naoko Shindo compensated for policeman-brother Yosuke Natsuki's blandness. With her good looks and smile, she even succeeded in brightening up the bleak doomsday film The Last War. Hoshi continues to act today, mostly in television roles.
MIE HAMA: beauty and brains
Sexy and sophisticated, Mie Hama ranks alongside Kumi Mizuno as a queen among the monster star- lets of Toho's golden age. Hama is best known in the U.S. as Kissy Suzuki, James Bond's love interest in the final third of You Only Live Twice (1967), but she was far better in Toho's two King Kong films, playing the big ape's love interest in King Kong vs. Godzilla and Madame Piranha, Dr. Who's mysterious financier, in King Kong Escapes. She made one other SFX film appearance, as Princess Yaya in The Lost World of Sinbad.
Hama (b. November 20, 1943, in Tokyo) joined Toho in 1959 and became a major star, appearing in more than 75 feature films in the 1960s. She was best known in Japan for her leading roles in comedies opposite Hitoshi Ueki (sometimes called l'the Bob Hope of Japan") and the Crazy Cats, with whom she made more than a dozen movies. These days, Hama's interest in acting has tapered off drastically; she has not made a movie since 1989.
Hama is the only female kaiju eiga star to have posed nude for a major American men's magazine. In the June 1967 issue of Playboy, a photo spread on the II Asian beauties" of You Only Live Twice featured Hama, looking coyly over her shoulder, in a Maynard Frank Wolfe photograph that reveals just enough of her sexy female physique, including great tan lines on her fanny. Mie has earned the sobriquet 'the Brigitte Bardot of Japan' and a reputation as the most photographed girl in the Orient," the magazine said. Hama also appeared nude throughout much of Katsumi wauchi's Night of the Seagull (1968), a film which unfortunately was only briefly released in the U.S.
Tomoko Ai Mechagodzilla girl
Tomoko Ai is better known as the cyborg girl in the movie Godzilla Vs Mechagodzilla (aka) The Terror of Mechagodzilla , she is known as Katsura Mufune, the daughter of the famous doctor ,who helps the aliens recreate Mechagodzilla to defeat Godzilla, Dr. Mafune√‘ (incredibly sexy) daughter Katsura, Nevertheless, Interpol learns that Titanosaurus can be repulsed by a certain frequency of sonic waves, and they begin constructing an oscillator, which can repel the beast. However, as the aliens are nearly finished reconstructing Mechagodzilla, Dr. Mafune is eager to impress his allies with his own monster√‘ power, and against the alien leader Mugar√‘ wishes, the scientist orders Titanosaurus to attack Tokyo, as for Katsura she controls Mechagodzilla , with the controls built within in her thanks to the aliens saving her life , due to a tragic accident that kills in her in the movie , well anyway she also stars in Monsters from an unknown planet, (1975) not much else is known at this time on her but I will try to get some more info as it comes.
Megumi Odaka Godzilla Telepathy
was born in Kanagawa, Japan on May 9, 1972. She debuted in acting playing the young princess of the moon in Taketori monogatari (1987). She was a runner up to Yasuko Sawaguchi as Toho Cinderella. She starred as Asuka Gami in the TV series "Hana no Asuka gumi" (1988). She was only a second year high school student when she assumed the role of psychic girl Miki Saegusa in _Gojira VS Biorante (1989)_ and resumed the role in the following five Godzilla films of the series. She also appeared in a TV series called "Youth Family" (1989) for NHK. As with most young actresses, she has also made an album as a singer titled "Powder Blue" (1989). After meeting Akira Takarada during the filming of Gojira VS Mosura (1992), Odaka reflected on her re-ocurring role as Miki Saegusa. After overcoming her fear of touching the Godzilla costume, she became good friends with suitmation actor Kenpachiro Satsuma. Today, she remains as one of the most memorable and legendary icons of Godzilla. She went to California a few times, one time showing up at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood in the year 2000 as one of the "Godzilla" guests, presenting a Godzilla convention. Miki first appeared in Godzilla vs Biollante where she was the top student of a psychic research school run by the Japanese government. At first she appears to be a minor, almost eccentric character who's psychic talent seems to be squandered on attempts to communicate with plants. Later in the movie, however, she proves she's a force to be reckoned with when she uses her powers to stop Godzilla from coming ashore.
Not much info on this fine looking woman
A gifted psychic trained in America and brought to the G-Force. She helps Miki lure Junior to Tokyo. Sayaka played one of the Cosmos (Mothra twins) in vs Mothra and vs SpaceGodzilla. Okay, Yukari's the prettiest, Meru is the cutest.
Actress - filmography
Waga kokoro no ginga tetsudo: Miyazawa Kenji monogatari (1996) .... Kuni Miyazawa
Gojira VS Mosura (1992) .... Cosmos #2
Anna Nakagawa Mecha King Ghidora controller
Again I have to not much info on this girl except the fact that she starred in the movie Godzilla vs King Ghidorah 1991 ,as Emi Kano the future girl. Her role in the movie was displayed as a mother ship brought back into the past with her and other individuals aboard with good intentions for the people of that time , or so they thought , but it was Emi who has the good intentions , so in turn she helps the people get rid of Godzilla . Here is a filmography of her movies,
Nakagawa - Filmography (Fumie Takabe)
THE ALIASES Moll, Lora
Megumi Kobayashi, Sayaka Yamaguchi
They are two tiny twin women that communicate for Mothra to humans and that lead religious chants on Infant Island. There are three versions of them. Mothra maintains a close telepathic contact with two small fairies. Its behavior patterns and communication abilities indicate an above average level of intelligenceWhen the new Mothra series was started, Toho decided to go with new actresses instead of reusing the Cosmos. They created the Alias. Moll and Lora are presented as Mothra's fairies while Belvera is their evil sister always out to rule the world. More info on these actresses will be available soon!
The avatars for this Mothra movie are called the Elias, or the Alias. It's pronounced Ah-lie-ahs, in Japanese, Ay-lee-ahs. The two girls are actually induviduals, named Moll and Lora. Moll is braver, and she understands what has to be done even if it's hard. Lora puts the lives of the people involved first, and she really likes human children. They have a sister Belvera. .
Keiko Imamura and Sayaka Osawa
Keiko Imamura and Sayaka Osawa are another pop singing group in Japan. Once again Toho cast pop acts as the fairies for Mothra in Godzilla vs Mothra released in 1992. Subsequently Keiko and Sayaka would appear in the next film of the series Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla , but not as Mothra's fairies. In this movie they were cast as a pair of psychic twin friends of Miki Saegusa (Megumi Odaka). They would return a year later in a brief appearance in the movie Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla. Sayaka Osawa also would appear in the movie Godzilla vs Destroyah , A gifted psychic trained in America and brought to the G-Force. She helps Miki lure Junior to Tokyo.
Sayaka Osawa appeared in Godzilla vs Destroyah.
Emi (born Hideyo Ito) and Yumi (born Tsukiko Ito) Ito were born in 1931 in Nagoya Japan
THE PEANUTS: diminutive divas
Some fans claim they can tell the difference between Emi Ito and Yumi Ito, the identical twins who make up the singing duo the Peanuts, but it's probably just empty boasting. For the record, Emi is the elder of the Ito sisters, who were born in January 1941 in Nagoya. The pair debuted with a hit single on the Japanese pop charts in 1959 and rose to fame with the novelty of their twin-sister act and on the strength of their alluring vocal harmonies. The Peanuts became a premier talent for Watanabe Productions, Japan's answer to the William Morris Agency, and in 1961 they appeared as the shobijin ("little beauties") in Mothra, introducing elements of fantasy to Toho's monster cinema and broadening the genre's appeal to women and children.
Although probably due more to their speaking-in- unison shtick and Eiji Tsuburaya's trick photography than their singing and acting talents, the Peanuts are undoubtedly Toho's most widely recognized monster-movie women outside Japan. After Mothra was released overseas, the Peanuts had their proverbial 15 minutes of fame in the U.S., performing on The Ed Sullivan Show and other programs, and according to some reports they re- corded an album of English-language pop songs, including "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" and "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" The duo reprised their role as Mothra's little channelers in Godzilla vs. The Thing and Ghidrah: The Three- Headed Monster and made life-size appearances in a number of non-monster films including the Crazy Cats' Las Vegas Free-for-AII (1966). By the end of the 196os, their film work had petered out, but they continued as a singing and recording act, eventually retiring in 1975 after Emi Ito married Kenji Sawada, a Japanese pop singer. Since then, they have reunited for periodic performances and appearances.
Emi (born Hideyo Ito) and Yumi (born Tsukiko Ito) Ito were born in 1931 in Nagoya Japan. The pair were quite talented singers and became a pop act (The Peanuts) in the late 50s and early 60s. They were so popular that they released a record in America and went on the Ed Sullivan Show. It was because of this that they were cast in the role of the fairies of a new Toho production Mothra. Mothra was quite a hit and the girls continued to play the fairies in another film. That film, Mothra vs Godzilla was a huge success and is considered one of the best of the earlier Godzilla series. The girls would return for another movie, Ghidrah: the Three-Headed Monster before giving up the role.
Filmography for Emi and Yumi Ito
Cast as the fairies in one movie, Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, Pair Bambi was another singing act. This movie would mark the last appearance of the characters of the fairies until 1992's Godzilla vs. Mothra.
The New Cosmos
Masami Nagasawa and Chihiro Otsuka
According to Japanese fan sources 16 year old Masami Nagasawa and 17 year old Chihiro Otsuka have been cast as the twin Mothra fairies or the Cosmos. Nagasawa's latest projects have been the tv series Sakura and she also had a role in GMK director Shuseko Kaneko's film Crossfire, while Otsuka works include director Hideo Nakada's Dark Water work and Seiro Mizuno's Siberia Superexpress 3. Both women are past winners of Toho's Cinderella Audition. In other cast news, Naomasa Rokudaira reprises his role of Dr. Goruo Kanno from Godzilla X MechaGodzilla.
From the rumor mill: there is speculation Tokyo Tower is destroyed, as well as the Japanese Diet Building. There is some speculation a "Dimension Tide"-type device is replacing the Absolute Zero cannon in MechaGodzilla's chest, which is why the Cosmos are so distressed since the weapon could destroy the whole planet. No, Megaguirus is not scheduled to appear."
March 17, 1978 in Saitama. Japan a local journalist trying to get a
close-up shot of Godzilla, along with Shinoda (Takehiro Murata) and his
kid daughter (Mayu Sizuki), form a guerilla research group called the GPN
(Godzilla Prediction Network). They are the "good guys," making the CCI
(Crisis Control Intelligence), headed up by a hilariously nihilistic
Katagiri (Hiroshi Abe), the "bad guys." Takao Okawara's GODZILLA 2000 is
perfectly consistent with its predecessors: the monsters are nasty and
ferocious and they wipe out every skyscraper in Tokyo, literally leveling
the city. The film brings back all the old tricks, with special effects
akin to the Godzilla films of yore and plenty of monster mania. Godzilla
the story line of all of it's predecessors save for the original 1954
film. The plot deals with two groups of scientists at odds over whether
Godzilla should be studied or destroyed. Shinoda (Takehiro Murata) and his
daughter Io (Mayu Suzuki) run a "G" network of scientists who feel it is
necessary to learn all they can about Godzilla and his enormous
regenerative abilities. They are accompanied by a newspaper reporter named
Yuki (Naomi Nishida) who is given very little to do other than screaming
Godzilla 2000 Character played: Io Shinoda
Chinatsu Gondo is what they called her on her only role in the Godzilla series of monster movies, in the movie Godzilla vs Space Godzilla and perhaps her only role to date
Miki Saegusa disturbed by what Professor Chinatsu Gondo has told her. The Telepathy Project, Miki's telepathic communications could then commence. Under Miki's conscientious control, Godzilla could be kept from destroying any more human life. Miki is in a terrible dilemma when Dr. Okubo points out that her refusal would mean the military bringing in MOGERA.
Godzilla hates all the forms
of energy. Japan in 1954 attacks, after the first atomic tests. For that
reason dumb the capital to Osaka, being devastate Tokyo. In 1966, when
putting itself in function an atomic power station and 1996, when proving
themselves a new form of clean energy.
Actress - filmography
Ju-on: The Grudge 2 (2003) .... Tomoka Miura
Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidora: DaikaijŁ¬soukougeki (2001)
.... BS Digital Q Reporter Yuri Tachibana
Saishuu-sh°¶quot; (1999) TV Series
(as Chiharu Niiyama)
Nazo no tenkousei (1998) .... Midori Kagawa
O-higara mo yoku, go-shusho sama (1996)
Kudakechiru made tatakae! (Fight till' it's smashed up!)
Date of birth (location)
12 June 1978
Gojira tai Mekagojira (2002) .... Akane Yashiro
Gekij°¶ban poketto monsutaa: Mizu no Miyako no Mamori Gami Ratiasu to Ratiosu (2002) .... Lion
Shurayuki-Hime (2001) .... Yuki ... aka Princess Blade, The (2003) (USA)