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Monster Series 

Wednesday, May 5 2010
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The years 1971 to 1974 were good ones in Japan, as they saw the release of Godzilla vs. Hedorah, Godzilla vs. Gigan, Godzilla vs. Megalon, and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla. Although many more years saw the release of many more Godzilla films — the nuclear monster starred in nearly 30 — these are special because … actually, we’re not sure. Perhaps it’s because of the director: Jun Fukuda directed the last three. Maybe it’s because these are “best,” but we know they aren't — we’ve seen reviews of Godzilla vs. Gigan. These are the four, however, which our premier Japanese film center, and we don’t mean the Sundance Kabuki, picked to screen at Kaiju Shakedown: Godzilla-Thon. Really, it just comes down to this: When was the last time you saw Godzilla on the big screen in a Japanese movie house?
Thu., May 13, 7 p.m., 2010

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