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Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters [Hardcover]

August Ragone
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1 Dec 2007
Behind-the-scenes hero to anyone who's thrilled to giant monsters duking it out over Tokyo, Eiji Tsuburaya was the visual effects mastermind behind "Godzilla", "Ultraman", and numerous Japanese science fiction and fantasy movies and television shows beloved around the world. The first book on this legendary film figure in English, this rich, highly-visual biography details his fascinating life and movie career, featuring hundreds of film stills, posters, concept/character art, and dozens of delightful on-set photos of Tsuburaya prompting monsters as to which building to crush next. A must-have for fans, this towering tribute also featuring rare profiles of Tsuburaya's film collaborators, detailed information about his key films and shows (most widely available on DVD), and special features on his legacy and the ongoing popularity of the characters he helped create.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (1 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811860787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811860789
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 22.5 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,030,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In "Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters", San Francisco based writer August Ragone has produced a fond, generously illustrated biography of the tokusatsu (special effects) genius " "Time magazine", December 13, 2007

"The difference between this book and other coffee table volumes that have covered daikaiju before, though, is the staggeringly researched detail that Ragone has put into the text itself. This is not just a picture book to flip through, nod approvingly at and stick on the shelf; this is a record easily in scale with the monsters Tsuburaya created a critical and historical look at the creation and output of an industry that spanned (and has continued to span) the decades. --"Tooth and Dagger", October 2007

"Anyone with a taste for reading about frantic production schedules and creative jury-rigging solutions will find much to enjoy in Ragone's text." &mdash"Powell's", November 2007

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August Ragone has written and commented on Japanese film and pop culture for more than twenty years. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By tony
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just what the doctor ordered. This is one to have in your collection if you love Japanese sf, lots of pictures , information. a must for any collector of the genre. keep up the great work and let us hope within hope that there will be more. a great idea would be one about the actors, ect . and maybe one about akira ifukube.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative& Interesting about the creator of Ultraman 2 Dec 2007
By Matt Chevreaux - Published on
This is one of those gem of a book that crosses genres. August Ragone shows us behind he scenes of the man who created Godzilla and Ultraman. Well written at a level anyone can enjoy, and with a host of never seen before pictures (at least in America) of the behind the scenes making of these icons makes this a great read. Lots of information not readily known outside of Japan. Can't wait for volume 2!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have 8 July 2008
By Martin Arlt - Published on
This book is a meticulous, thoughtful, well-written, and beautifully laid-out tribute to a true master of special effects. It is a fascinating look, not only into Tsuburaya's life and career, but also the way the film industry works in Japan. An interesting read for non-fans; a must-have for fans of the genre.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource 14 Feb 2008
By Paul Gavins - Published on
A Japanese book titled The Films of Eiji Tsuburaya has become a hard to find collectors item and for that reason I have never owned it. That indicates a level of interest which this new English language book meets very well. There are lavish illustrations and insightful text written by those who were fortunate to be able to research this topic firsthand. Pleasantly surprising is the section written by the now deceased Guy Mariner Tucker. The fact that Tsuburaya had such a hand in tokusatsu and kaiju eiga enables the writing of a book that covers multiple productions from Godzilla to Mighty Jack. Well done and well priced.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Husband stunned by the quality of this book 4 Jan 2010
By Susan L. Seidensticker - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book was purchased as a Christmas gift for my husband, who wanted to stop opening gifts so that he could read it! His love of Japanese movies seems to be growing with every page he reads of this book... and I think I may have "created a monster" - husband is promising to show the baby tons of Godzilla & Ultraman dvds.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book - but the design needs help 4 Oct 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on
I found this to be a very enjoyable & informative book--the only thing that takes away from the reading experience is the Author's or Publisher's decision to run the captions for the photos VERTICALLY along their sides.

Whether this was done to emulate traditional Japanese character-style writing or just to save space, I can think of nothing more annoying than constantly having to crane your head or turn the book sideways to read a photo caption.

I hope the next printing involves placing the captions under the photo, so the reading experience flows better.

Otherwise it's a great book...
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