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    New Godzilla Documentary, MOTHRA, and WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS Theatrical Screening!

    BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE and Two Toho Classics at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood! Source: American Cinematheque Special Thanks to Ed Godziszewski and Steve Ryfle Japanese giant monsters return to Hollywood with a great Toho triple feature at the Egyptian Theatre. First up will be the premiere screening of Classic Media`s brand-new, Toho authorized documentary BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE. Filmed entirely on location in Japan, BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE includes exclusive interviews with filmmakers, special-effects artists, monster suit actors and the stars of GOJIRA, MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA, INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER and other classic films. Featuring appearances by Akira Takarada, Hiroshi Koizumi, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Shogo Tomiyama, Haruo Nakajima, Kenpachiro Satsuma, Tsutomu "Tom" Kitagawa, Shusuke Kaneko, Teruyoshi Nakano, Akira Tsuburaya, Ryuji Honda, Shinichi Wakasa, Yasuyuki Inoue, Toshiro Aoki, Akinori Takagi, Toshio Miike, Shiro Sano, others, plus original music by GMK and Gamera composer Kow Ohtani. After the first film, there will be a discussion with BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE producers Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski.

    The Q&A will be followed by an extremely rare screening of WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS. The Egyptian will be showing an original 35mm print of the American cut of this fan-favorite. Closing out the evening is MOTHRA. This will be a 35mm print of the uncut Japanese version (with English subtitles), struck by Sony Pictures for Godzilla`s 50th anniversary celebrations in 2004. The Egyptian Theatre is located at 6712 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood CA. Ticket prices to the theater are $10.00 general, $8.00 students and seniors, and $7.00 for American Cinematheque members. Tickets can be purchased at the theater box office, and by using Fandango at 1-800-FANDANGO. Complete ordering instructions, parking info, and directions are available on the Egyptian Theatre website. Giant Monster Night! Sunday, August 3 – 7:30 PM BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE, 2008, Classic Media, 68 min. Dir. Norman England. Featuring Akira Takarada, Haruo Nakajima, Hiroshi Koizumi, others. For more than 50 years, Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah and other monsters have been created with traditional, handmade F/X techniques. Through interviews with actors, filmmakers, special-effects artists, and monster stuntmen from the golden age of Japanese sci-fi, this documentary goes behind the scenes of this unique and outlandish genre. Narrated by Alex Cox (director of REPO MAN, SID & NANCY). In English and Japanese with English subtitles. WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS, RODAN, and BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE will be released as a DVD boxed set by Classic Media on September 9, 2008. WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS, 1966, Toho Studios, 92 min. Dir. Ishiro Honda (the original GODZILLA). A hairy green giant terrorizes Japan, sinking ships, eating fishermen and attacking an airport. Using a space-age ray cannon, the military nearly kills the monster before it is rescued by its even bigger, brown-haired brother. But the evil green gargantua and the good-hearted brown gargantua don`t see eye-to-eye, and their monster-sized sibling rivalry leads to a death match in the streets of Tokyo, with civilization hanging in the balance. Russ Tamblyn (WEST SIDE STORY) is the American scientist and Kumi Mizuno (INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER) is his beautiful assistant, plus American starlet Kipp Hamilton as an ill-fated nightclub singer performing the kitschy classic, "The Words Get Stuck In My Throat." [35mm, English dubbed version] NOT ON DVD MOTHRA, 1961, Sony Repertory, 100 min. Giant caterpillar-turned-avenging insect Mothra wreaks havoc on Japan when its best friends -- two tiny, telepathic, singing sisters (played by real-life siblings Yumi and Emi Ito) -- are kidnapped by an unscrupulous promoter and forced to perform in a Tokyo nightclub! Classic oversized bug action from the master of Japanese monster movies, director Ishiro Honda. [35mm, Japanese language version with English subtitles]. NOT ON DVD

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