Fellow Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere will be excited for the return of a vintage kaiju creature feature sequel from Japan’s Toho Studios.
“Svengoolie” presents: “Godzilla Raids Again” (1955, released in the U.S. as “Gigantis: the Fire Monster” in 1959)
Latter official highlight trailer for “Godzilla Raids Again” (originally released in Japan in 1955, released in the United States as “Gigantis: the Fire Monster” in 1959).
The legendary Berwyn/Chicago-based horror/sci-fi film host will be presenting “Godzilla Raids Again” (1955, a.k.a. “Gigantis: the Fire Monster”) this Sat., Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV (as part of Sven’s Jan. festival of classic Toho Studios “Godzilla” kaiju creature features).
There will be two more “Godzilla” films in Sven’s showcase for Jan., with “Mothra vs. Godzilla” (1964, a.k.a. “Godzilla vs. The Thing”) on Jan. 20 and “Godzilla’s Revenge” (1969, a.k.a. “All Monsters Attack”) on Jan. 27.
The second Toho Studios “Godzilla” (“Gojira”) feature was directed by Motoyoshi Oda and was produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka. This was Oda’s only “Godzilla”/”Gojira” feature.
The U.S. edition of the feature was produced by Paul Schreibman. Warner Bros. Pictures released the film for the North American market in 1958, under the title of “Gigantis: the Fire Monster” (according to Turner Classic Movies).
This will mark Sven’s second showcase of the 1955/59 “Godzilla” sequel on Me-TV. He had previously shown “Godzilla Raids Again”/”Gigantis: The Fire Monster” during his Feb. 2017 Godzilla film salute.
Who was in “Godzilla Raids Again” (1955)/”Gigantis: the Fire Monster” (1959)?
The players who appeared in “Godzilla Raids Again” were Hiroshi Koizumi (as Shoichi Tsukioka), Setsuko Wakayama (as Hidemi Yamaji), Takashi Shimura (as Dr. Yamane), Minoru Chiaki (as Kobyashi), Ren Yamamoto (as the landing craft commander), Masao Shimizu (as Dr. Tadokoro), stunt actor Haruo Nakajima (in the “Godzilla/”Gojira” suit), stunt actor Katsumi Tezuka (in the “Anguirus” suit), a pre-“Star Trek” George Takei (in an uncredited role for the English dubbing of Ren Yamamoto’s character), character actor Keye Luke (in an uncredited role for the English dubbing of Hiroshi Koizumi’s character), voice-over artist Paul Frees (in an uncredited voice role) and Marvin Miller (of “The Millionaire,” in an uncredited role as the narrator).