For the first time in America a book has been published on Japan's foremost director of Fantasy Films, called: MUSHROOM CLOUDS AND MUSHROOM MEN – The Fantastic Cinema of Ishiro Honda, by Peter H. Brothers, recently published by AuthorHouse.Known primarily for directing such classic Japanese monster movies as Rodan, Mothra, Attack of the Mushroom People and the original Godzilla, Honda has been a much-overlooked figure in mainstream international cinema.MUSHROOM CLOUDS AND MUSHROOM MEN is the first book to cover in English print Honda's life -- including his heretofore untold military service in Japan's Imperial Army during World War II -- as well as the first to comprehensively cover all 25 of his fantasy, science-fiction and monster movies. It is also the first to give objective and critical analysis of Honda's filmmaking methods, themes, concepts, as well as his relationships with his actors and staff.Making use of extensive interviews from Honda’s colleagues, as well as a wealth of original source material never before gathered into one volume (including unpublished essays), MUSHROOM CLOUDS AND MUSHROOM MEN is an affectionate tribute to the most-prolific and influential director in the history of fantasy films.
Peter gives an overview of the book:
I am very proud of this book and feels it fills a long-overdue niche in fantasy films as well as in helping the reader to appreciate the work of a truly-gifted filmmaker. The book was nominated for a "Rondo" Award and has received 20 online reviews and they have all been positive! I hope you will like it and thank you for your time and consideration!