If you’re a fan of Japanese monster movies, you might want to clear out your schedule for the weekend. July 18th will see Shout Factory T.V., the company’s online streaming venture, dishing up 24 hours’ worth of vintage kaiju eiga including no less than nine Godzilla movies. Even better, the whole shebang will be host by journalist/kaiju expert August Ragone. Read on for all the gargantuan, Godzilla-inspired details, including a full schedule for this online event and even some quick plot summaries…
SHOUT! FACTORY TV AND FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND PRESENT
KAIJU MOVIE MARATHON
FEATURING NINE GODZILLA FILMS
HOSTED BY KAIJU EXPERT AUGUST RAGONE
TO PREMIERE ON SHOUT! FACTORY TV LIVE AND PLUTO TV JULY 18TH
Featuring Godzilla: the Uncut Japanese Original, Godzilla Raids Again, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Rodan, Mothra vs. Godzila, Ghidorah: the Three-Headed Monster, Monstero Zero, Godzilla’s Revenge and Terror of Mechagodzilla
Shout! Factory TV is partnering with the original monster fanzine Famous Monsters of Filmland to present a Kaiju movie marathon of catastrophic proportions! Join us for a twenty-four hour livestream hosted by Kaiju expert August Ragone as nine classic Godzilla films and fan favorite episodes of Ultra Seven and Ultra Q blast through the screen on Saturday, July 18.
With programing ranging from Godzilla, The Uncut Japanese Original to Terror of Mechagodzilla, this event will be a visceral thrill ride, with promises of the utmost destruction along the way. The Kaiju marathon comes complete with original introductions by renowned Kaiju authority August Ragone, commenting on the impact of these classic films. A two-time Rondo Award-winning author of Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters, Ragone has commented on Japanese film and popular culture on radio, television, in print, online, and at events for more than three decades.
Shout! Factory TV’s Kaiju Movie Marathon will be streaming from midnight to midnight (Eastern Time) on Saturday July 18th at www.shoutfactorytvlive.com and on Pluto TV, CH 427. For mobile, tablet and connected TV devicesthe marathon is accessible via the Pluto TV app. The marathon is also available via Pluto TV in the living room (Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Android TV devices, Chromecast and Apple Airplay), on the go (apps for iOS, Android and Amazon) and at your fingertips on PC’s, Mac’s or on the web. All nine Godzilla films and episodes of Ultra Seven and Ultra Q will also be available on Shout! Factory TV for evergreen streaming following the marathon.
Prepare yourselves for something monstrous! Tune in for the Kaiju calamity, and live tweet with #godzilla. Shout! Factory TV and Famous Monsters of Filmland will be giving away prizes to fans and viewers of the marathon, including a $100 gift certificate for Shout! Factory merchandise.
KAIJU CONTENT STREAMING ON SHOUT! FACTORY TV LIVE:
Godzilla: The Uncut Japanese Original (1954)
American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.
Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
Godzilla battles an irradiated Ankylosaur and destroys Osaka in the process.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (1954)
A 400-foot dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo.
Mutant pterosaurs and prehistoric insects terrorize humanity.
Mothra Vs. Godzilla (1964)
A greedy developer unwittingly hatches a gigantic baby moth upon Tokyo, while Godzilla strikes once again.
Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster (1964)
After a meteorite unleashes a three-headed beast upon Tokyo, Mothra tries to unite with Godzilla and Rodan to battle the extraterrestrial threat.
Monster Zero (1965)
Aliens from Planet X request the use of Godzilla and Rodan to fight off King Ghidorah, but have a better use for the three monsters.
Godzilla’s Revenge (1969)
A bullied schoolboy dreams of traveling to Monster Island, where he befriends Godzilla’s son, who is also having bully troubles.
Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
Godzilla comes to the rescue when an alien race rebuilds Mechagodzilla to destroy Earth’s cities.
ULTRA Q – 8 fan favorite episodes
“For the next 30 minutes, your eyes will leave your body and arrive in this strange moment in time…” In the world of Ultra Q, the very fabric of nature is warped into a state of unbalance, and all manner of strange phenomenon, and unearthly creatures, threaten the very future of mankind! On the scene are a world-renown scientist and his young friends—a girl photojournalist, an aviator, and his co-pilot—who investigate these supernatural menaces. When sheer military might is futile, the intrepid trio comes to the rescue, armed solely with their ingenuity, and scientific prowess, to quell these malevolent forces and restore the balance of nature.
The precursor to Ultraman, Ultra Q is a seminal science-fantasy television series in the monstrous mold of The Outer Limits and The X Files, which is deeply ingrained in the psyche of Japanese pop culture as The Twilight Zone is to America. Eiji Tsuburaya, the visual effects wizard behind Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra, creates a spectacular cavalcade of bizarre beasts and mass mayhem in each and every episode of this wildly popular series. Never before broadcast in the North America, Ultra Q stars Kenji Sahara (Rodan), Hiroko Sakurai (Ultraman), Yasuhiko Saijo (Destroy All Monsters), and is now available on Shout! Factory TV.
ULTRA SEVEN- 8 fan favorite episodes
The Earth is in danger! Even now, fiendish hands are stretching out from the distant stars to seize the world…From their massive underground complex near Mt. Fuji, the Ultra Guard, an elite unit of the Terrestrial Defense Force, equipped with a squadron of Ultra Hawks, stands vigilant as our decisive first-line to combat the myriad of alien aggressors, who threaten the very existence of our planet. But, unbeknownst to his fellow teammates, Dan Moroboshi, is secretly an extraterrestrial aiding them in their fight to preserve the future of humanity — considered the “7th member” of the Ultra Guard — better known as “Ultra Seven!”
Produced by the creative team behind Ultraman, Ultra Seven is the third entry in the “Ultra Series,” and is arguably the best of the long-running franchise, with its emphasis on science fiction and themes touching on subjects ranging from the cruelty of war to social and racial injustices in the grand tradition of Star Trek and The Outer Limits. Plus, Ultra Seven features the colossal monsters and spectacular visual effects viewers expect from the men who brought Godzilla to life!
Schedule of Films*
12:00 a.m. – Godzilla, the Uncut Japanese Original (1954)
1:45 a.m. – Ultra Q episodes
5:15 a.m. – Ultra Seven episodes
6:30 a.m. – Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1954)
8:15 a.m. – Ultra Seven episodes
9:00 a.m. – Rodan (1956)
10:30 a.m. – Ultra Seven episodes
11:15 a.m. – Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
12:45 p.m. – Ultra Seven episodes
1:30 p.m. – Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
3:15 p.m. – Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
5:00 p.m. – Monster Zero (1965)
6:45 p.m. – Godzilla’s Revenge (1969)
8:15 p.m. – Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
10:00 p.m. – Godzilla, the Uncut Japanese Original (1954)
11:45 p.m. – Godzilla’s Revenge (1969)
1:15 a.m. – Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
3:00 a.m. – Godzilla, the Uncut Japanese Original (1954)
*Times listed are Eastern time, approximate and subject to change.