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Monster fun at Godzilla and Friends Film Festival VIII May 2 and 3

Godzilla movie posterOnce again, the world is in peril and giant monsters are stomping around the Washburn University campus!

The eighth annual Godzilla and Friends Festival on May 2 and 3 at Washburn University.  No admission is charged and the public is invited to this event that celebrates the cultural history behind the giant title creature and his friends, such as Gamera, the flying turtle, in all of their bizarre diversity.

Events will be 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 2 and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 3 with film and trailer screenings, various commentaries, contests and giveaways in room 112 of the Henderson Learning Resources Center (19th and Jewell Streets).

A contest to see who can put forth the best imitation of the monster Japanese film star will be Saturday afternoon.  All films will be shown in English.Seating may be limited, so it is advisable to come early.

The schedule is:

Friday, May 4

7 p.m.:

  • Washburn faculty member Bob Beatty will discuss the impact of Godzilla and monsters on Japanese culture.
  • “Giant Monster Gamera” (1965).  This film was the debut of the giant, flying, fire-breathing turtle. 
  • Previews of other Gamera films will be shown and special items relating to the big turtle will be given away.

Saturday, May 5

10 a.m.:  “Godzilla vs The Sea Monster” (1966) features the titanic battle between Japan’s most loved giant prehistoric monster and the newcomer giant crab-like sea beast.

1:30 p.m.:

  • A presentation by Godzilla authority Ed Godziszewski, the former editor of the fanzine Japanese Giants who is co-authoring a biography of Japanese director Ishiro Honda, director of the majority of Japan’s science fiction/Godzilla films.
  • Godzilla roar contest and coloring contest.
  • Showing of three Godzilla or related films from which audience will select the afternoon feature film. A selection of Japanese preview attractions for monster flicks included.

7 p.m.: 

  • “Godzilla vs Biollante” (1989).  The stunning sequel to the 1985 “Godzilla,” this strange film follows the efforts of a giant plant that grows to untold size supplemented by the living cells of Godzilla.
  • A special look at the new “Godzilla” film due in theatres May 14.

The Godzilla and Friends Film Festival VII is made possible with support from the Washburn University office of international programs, office of multicultural affairs and Center for Diversity Studies, the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Kansas and donations from audience members. Media sponsors are KTWU – Public Television and Vintage Stock of Topeka.

For information, call Bill Shaffer at 785.670.1111.


Contact: Dena Anson, university relations, 785.670.1711, ***PHOTOS AVAILABLE on request