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I’ve just completed my Godzilla collection! After years and years of searching, I now own every single Godzilla film on DVD, including every Showa era, Heisei era and Millennium era film. I also own all the Gameras, Mothras, Rodans and other assorted kaiju too. I’m so OCD when it comes to my love of kaiju that I actually went through my collection and organized everything by era. I also added 8 non-kaiju films and broke them up into two categories – “The Early Years” comprised of the Giant Ape Trilogy of KING KONG, SON OF KONG and MIGHTY JOE YOUNG and “The Missing Links” comprised of 5 American Science Fiction films that “bridge the gap” between Kong and Godzilla. Enjoy!


KONG – The Early Years (1933-1949)

  1. KING KONG (Merian C. Cooper & Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933)
  2. SON OF KONG (Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933)
  3. MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1949)


THE MISSING LINKS – (1953-1957)

  1. THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (Eugène Lourié, 1953)
  2. IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA (Robert Gordon, 1955)
  3. THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD (Arnold Laven, 1957)
  4. 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH (Nathan Juran, 1957)
  5. THE GIANT CLAW (Fred F. Sears, 1957)


GODZILLA – Showa period (1954-1975)

  1. GODZILLA (Ishiro Honda, 1954)
  2. GODZILLA RAIDS AGAIN (Motoyoshi Oda, 1955)
  3. KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (Ishiro Honda, 1962)
  4. MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA (Ishiro Honda, 1964)
  5. GHIDORAH, THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER (Ishiro Honda, 1964)
  6. INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER (Ishiro Honda, 1965)
  7. EBIRAH, HORROR OF THE DEEP (Jun Fukuda, 1966)
  8. SON OF GODZILLA (Jun Fukuda, 1967)
  9. DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (Ishiro Honda, 1968)
  10. ALL MONSTERS ATTACK (Ishiro Honda, 1969)
  11. GODZILLA VS. HEDORAH (Yoshimitsu Banno, 1971)
  12. GODZILLA VS. GIGAN (Jun Fukuda, 1972)
  13. GODZILLA VS. MEGALON (Jun Fukuda, 1973)
  14. GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (Jun Fukuda, 1974)
  15. TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA (Ishiro Honda, 1975)


GODZILLA SPINOFFS – Showa period (1954-1975)

  1. RODAN (Ishiro Honda, 1956)
  2. MOTHRA (Ishiro Honda, 1961)
  3. VARAN THE UNBELIEVABLE (Ishiro Honda, 1962)
  4. WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS (Ishiro Honda, 1966)
  5. KING KONG ESCAPES (Ishiro Honda, 1967)


GODZILLA KNOCKOFFS – Showa period (1954-1975)

  1. YONGARY, MONSTER FROM THE DEEP (Kim Ki-duk, 1967)


KONG KNOCKOFFS – Showa period (1954-1975)

  1. KONGA (John Lemont, 1961)


GAMERA – Showa period (1954-1975)

  1. GAMERA: THE GIANT MONSTER (Noriaki Yuasa, 1965)
  2. GAMERA VS. BARUGON (Shigeo Tanaka, 1966)
  3. GAMERA VS. GYAOS (Noriaki Yuasa, 1967)
  4. GAMERA VS. VIRAS (Noriaki Yuasa, 1968)
  5. GAMERA VS. GUIRON (Noriaki Yuasa, 1969)
  6. GAMERA VS. JIGER (Noriaki Yuasa, 1970)
  7. GAMERA VS. ZIGRA (Noriaki Yuasa, 1971)
  8. GAMERA: SUPER MONSTER (Noriaki Yuasa, 1980)


KONG – American period (1976-1986)

  1. KING KONG (John Guillermin, 1976)
  2. KING KONG LIVES (John Guillermin, 1986)


KONG KNOCKOFFS – American period (1976-1986)

  1. A*P*E (Paul Leder, 1976)
  2. THE MIGHTY PEKING MAN (Ho Meng-hua, 1977)


GODZILLA – Heisei period (1984-1995)

  1. THE RETURN OF GODZILLA (Koji Hashimoto, 1984)
  2. GODZILLA VS. BIOLLANTE (Kazuki Omori, 1989)
  3. GODZILLA VS. KING GHIDORAH (Kazuki Omori, 1991)
  4. GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA (Takao Okawara, 1992)
  5. GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA II (Takao Okawara, 1993)
  6. GODZILLA VS. SPACEGODZILLA (Kensho Yamashita, 1994)
  7. GODZILLA VS. DESTOROYAH (Takao Okawara, 1995)


MOTHRA – Heisei period (1984-1995)

  1. REBIRTH OF MOTHRA (Okihiro Yoneda, 1996)
  2. REBIRTH OF MOTHRA II (Kunio Miyoshi, 1997)


GAMERA – Heisei period (1984-1995)

  1. GAMERA: GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE (Shusuke Kaneko, 1995)
  2. GAMERA 2: ATTACK OF LEGION (Shusuke Kaneko, 1996)
  3. GAMERA 3: THE REVENGE OF IRIS (Shusuke Kaneko, 1999)


GODZILLA – Millennium period (1999-2004)

  1. GODZILLA 2000 (Takao Okawara, 1999)
  2. GODZILLA VS. MEGAGUIRUS (Masaaki Tezuka, 2000)
  3. GODZILLA, MOTHRA AND KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK (Shusuke Kaneko, 2001)
  4. GODZILLA AGAINST MECHAGODZILLA (Masaaki Tezuka, 2002)
  5. GODZILLA: TOKYO S.O.S. (Masaaki Tezuka, 2003)
  6. GODZILLA: FINAL WARS (Ryuhei Kitamura, 2004)
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MACHI ACTION (2013) - directed by Jeff Chang

Ever wondered what happens when the proverbial “Man in Suit” gets too old to continue on or gets fired in favor of someone younger and/or hipper? Jeff Chang’s charming, funny and heartwarming new film MACHI ACTION sheds some light on the matter by providing a satirical behind-the-scenes look at the world of kaiju/tokukatsu films and television programs.

Washed up actor Tie Nan’s (Chen Bo-Lin) childhood dream is shattered when the producers of the show in which he plays a space hero replaces him with a fresher face named Face (Owodog Zhuang). Together with his best friend and co-star Monster (Qiu Yanxiang), Tie Nan sets out to find new acting gigs that eventually lead him to rediscover himself, and enlightens him on what being a hero truly means.

Much like ROBO-G of last year, MACHI ACTION is a film that manages to defy the sheer absurdity of its subject matter by telling a story that audiences can easily empathize with, regardless of whether they’ve had any experience working in the entertainment industry. We all fear that one day we’ll be replaced by someone younger, faster, stronger with an eclectic set of skills that put our own to shame, be it in the workforce or even our own personal relationships. This anxiety over remaining relevant can sometimes result in us rising (or as is often the case, sinking) to levels we never dreamed of.  Tie Nan’s journey from fame and fortune to yesterday’s news is something everyone can relate to in some respect. I know I did, which is why MACHI ACTION worked for me on levels I wasn’t quite expecting.

Aside from the film’s subtext, MACHI ACTION’s undeniable highlights include the kaiju/tokukatsu scenes that director Chang lovingly lampoons. I’ve always felt there was a film worth making about what goes on behind-the-scenes in these films, be it a documentary or a work of fiction, and I’m glad to see Jeff Chang rise up to the occasion of giving us just that. Tie Nan plays Spacehero Fly, a takeoff on Ultra Man and watching him in action against some of the more absurd villains had me in hysterics.

Overall, MACHI ACTION is a film that walks the fine line between comedy and drama and does so brilliantly. I highly recommend checking this out if you’re lucky enough to catch it at a film festival near you.