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Japan's Favorite Mon-Star: The Unauthorized Biography of "The Big G" Paperback – April 1, 1998

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Steve Ryfle is a former L.A. Times reporter. His articles on Godzilla and Japan have appeared in Sci-Fi Universe, Cinefantastique, the Chicago Tribune, and other publications.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ ECW Press (April 1, 1998)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 375 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1550223488
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1550223484
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.09 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8 x 0.9 x 11 inches
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Steve Ryfle is an author, journalist, and documentary film producer. He has written about film, books, and culture for the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Criterion Current, Cineaste, Virginia Quarterly Review, In These Times, Bright Lights Film Journal, Turner Classic Movies, PopMatters, POV, Time Out New York, and other online and print publications.

His most recent book, co-authored with Ed Godziszewski, is the biography ISHIRO HONDA: A LIFE IN FILM, FROM GODZILLA TO KUROSAWA (Wesleyan University Press, 2017). He is currently writing GODZILLA VS. THE WORLD: THE POLITICS OF JAPAN'S DISASTER MONSTER (University of Texas Press, forthcoming).

Ryfle co-wrote, with Joal Ryan, the 2020 NY Emmy-winning documentary feature film MIRACLE ON 42nd STREET (directed by Alice Elliott). It is available on DVD from

Ryfle co-produced and co-wrote, with Ed Godziszewski, the documentary feature film BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE (2008). It is available on DVD, as part of the RODAN/WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS DVD set from Sony Wonder/Classic Media, from

He has also produced and recorded numerous audio commentaries and special features for films released on DVD and Blu-ray.


Twitter: @steveryfle

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