Not even a day after I changed the format of this blog to feature giant lizards killing each other than do I receive an email from one Peter H. Brothers with a press release for his book: Mushroom Clouds and Mushroom Men - The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda.
Ishiro Honda is the guy that first directed the original Godzilla and quite a few others like Rodan and Mothra. He's an amazing man and I look forward to talking about him and his films in great detail over the next year. But if you are already a fan or looking to find more information on this particular brand of cinema, then by all means buy the book on Amazon and read about it now!
From the Press Release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Agoura Hills, California
“MUSHROOM CLOUDS AND MUSHROOM MEN -- The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda” by Peter H. Brothers.
For the first time outside Japan a book has been published on Japan's foremost director of Fantasy Films: “MUSHROOM CLOUDS AND MUSHROOM MEN – The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda” (AuthorHouse, ISBN: 978-1-4490-2771-1).
Known primarily for directing such classic Japanese monster movies as Rodan, Mothra, Attack of the Mushroom People and the original Godzilla, Ishiro Honda (1911 - 2011) has been an undeservedly overlooked figure in mainstream international cinema.
MUSHROOM CLOUDS AND MUSHROOM MEN is the first book to cover in English print Honda’s life as well comprehensively evaluates all 25 of his fantasy films. It is also gives objective and critical analysis of Honda's filmmaking methods, themes and 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colleagues as well as a wealth of original source material never before gathered into one volume (including previously-unpublished essays) and nominated in 2009 for a “Rondo Award,” MUSHROOM CLOUDS AND MUSHROOM MEN is an affectionate tribute to the most-prolific and influential director in the history of fantasy films.
(Three-time “Rondo” Award Nominee Peter H. Brothers is also the author of the new horror-novel Devil Bat Diary).