Skyhigh (TV Series)(2003-2004)

Skyhigh is a live-action, supernatural Japanese television drama series, starring actress and model, Yumiko Shaku. It aired in Japan, first run, from 2003 to 2004, and was popular enough to spawn the 2003 feature film of the same name (produced while the series was still in production and starring the same actress). Both are based on the Japanese manga, Skyhigh. Shaku stars as Izuko, the Guardian of the Gate to the afterlife.

The basic premise of the television series is somewhat similar in concept to the American series, Ghost Whisperer, in which the protagonist must use her powers to guide the dead on their journey to the afterlife by helping them determine the meaning or circumstance of their death. However, in Izuko's case, no matter how hard she tries, her guidance does not always result in a happy ending.

The Gate of Rancor is where people who had died of unexpected accidents or were murdered return to visit as spirits. The victims who had suffered violent deaths are approa…

Flashback Friday: Godzilla vs The Gryphon

Sources: Todd Tennant / Jeff Farley / G-Fan Magazine

Most Monster Island News readers should be very familiar with Todd Tennant and his tireless work (See Above) in creating the Godzilla 94 online graphic novel from the unused Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott screenplay for "Godzilla vs The Gryphon." Many of you may also be familiar with Todd's quest to get his creation published by a major comic book label. Well imagine Todd's surprise when he picked up the latest issue of G-Fan magazine and found an e-mail from special effects guru, Jeff Farley, describing his experiences creating a Godzilla concept sculpture for Sony.

Her is a copy of the G-Fan posting by Jeff Farley:

"A few years later (after failing to get a job on the GODZILLA VS. BIOLLANTE effects crew in Japan), I was sculpting some bendy figures for the Trendmasters Godzilla line. I was contacted by a friend at Sony Imageworks to sculpt a scannable Godzilla maquette for their bid (and also for a Sony Image…

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Superman And Wonder Woman’s Future Son Revealed

If you’ve ever wondered what the children of Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, or Aquaman would look like, the time for wondering is over. Thanks to DC Comics, every fan gets to see the parentage and superpowers of the sons and daughters of the Justice League. The good news is that they’re every bit the heroes that their parents were, making up the Justice League of the future… the bad news is that they’ve traveled back in time to seek their parents’ help. Because as heroic as their superhero parents taught them to be, the future may be too lost for them to ever save.

The solution, as is usually the case in comic books, is to head back to a time before the world went so wrong. Before Aquaman was corrupted and claimed Cyborg’s body to keep himself alive. Before Mount Olympus was returned to Earth in the middle of New York City. And before the Gods of Olympus saw their powers stolen by the maniacal villain called ‘Sovereign…

Haruo Nakajima (1923 - 2017) What Was It Like To Play Godzilla, King Kong, Rodan, And Mothra?

Written By: Ken Hulsey

When monster movie fans think of the names Godzilla, King Kong, Rodan, Mothra and Varan they most often times have fond memories of 200-foot-tall creatures stepping on buildings while terrified townspeople flee for their lives in terror. Though these monsters may be household names to just about everyone, the man who actually climbed into the hot and cumbersome costumes to make them come to life has been an unsung hero who has very rarely received any credit.

That man was Haruo Nakajima, a Japanese actor who from 1954 to 1972 put on the heavy rubber costumes to play Toho's most famous movie monsters.

See Also: Remembering Haruo Nakajima

Nakajima started out in the Japanese movie industry as a bit player in the early 1950's. The eager young actor was mostly cast as a background extra and often times found himself on the wrong end of a sword, that is, until one day Eiji Tsuburaya (known as the father of Japanese special effects) approached him about volu…

Remembering Haruo Nakajima

by Armand Vaquer

The news that the original Godzilla, Haruo Nakajima has passed away today at age 88 is just devastating.

I first met him in 2000 at G-FEST 2000 in Hollywood. I got to see first hand how he enjoyed interacting with his fans. He enjoyed being with them as much as they enjoyed being with him.

 A year later, at the premiere of Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack at the 2001 Tokyo International Film Festival, I met up with him following the movie's screening. Richard Pusateri and I had a photo taken with him.

I next saw him at the 2008 G-FEST in Chicago. In fact, I went to O'Hare International Airport to pick him up. It was at this convention that Nakajima was awarded the Mangled Skyscraper Award for his movie work.

At the first Monsterpalooza in Burbank following the Great East Japan Earthquake, I ran into him with Miki Hayashi. The proceeds received for his autograph went to earthquake relief.

In 2013, I served has his "w…

The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love? (1984)

In 1984 the animated television series MACROSS had reached new heights in popularity in Japan. Never before had an animated series struck such a chord with the Japanese public. Certainly shows such as Astro Boy, Kimba, Gigantor, Mazinger and Gundam were popular entities among the younger population, but MACROSS had transcended all age groups, classes and genders like no anime before it. Songs from the show, sung by Mari Iijima (as Lynn Minmay), were climbing the charts one after another. In fact, Lynn Minmay (despite the fact that she was a fictional character) had become as popular a pop star in Japan as Madonna had become in America. The time was right for the shows directors, Noboro Ishiguro and Shoji Kawamori, to begin work on a big screen adaptation of the MACROSS story. A theatrical release would allow for higher production values, cleaner animation and a more adult oriented storyline. The biggest challenge for the two directors would be to condense the series’ numerous episode…

Creature From The Haunted Sea (1961)(Roger Corman)

Here at Monster Island News we like to feature some of the best monster films ever made, like "Creature From The Black Lagoon" and "Them!." To balance this out we also like to feature some of the worst monster movies ever made like "Green Slime" and our present topic "Creature From The Haunted Sea." Both types of films can be enjoyed on many levels for many different reasons. Creature From The Haunted Sea is no exception. The levels of just plain strangeness are far too numerous to be overlooked. Only famed "low-budget" movie maker Roger Corman could have concocted such a strange mix of camp, cheesy rip-offs, cliché characters and the most poorly designed movie monster ever. Hey at least the Ro-Man from Robot Monster had some charisma. Don't get me wrong, I somewhat liked the film for just these same reasons. Like I mentioned before bad movies have their enjoyable levels.

Corman made the film in three days. He had just finished fi…

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