Similar authors to follow
Manage your follows
About Steve Ryfle
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 Amazon.com: www.amazon.com/Miracle-42nd-Street-Alice-Elliott/dp/B083LRLW8F
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 Amazon.com: www.amazon.com/Rodan-War-Gargantuas-Various/dp/B001AR0D40/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=war+of+the+gargantuas&qid=1584329525&s=movies-tv&sr=1-2
He has also produced and recorded numerous audio commentaries and special features for films released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Customers Also Bought Items By
Ishiro Honda, arguably the most internationally successful Japanese director of his generation, made an unmatched succession of science fiction films that were commercial hits worldwide. From the atomic allegory of Godzilla and the beguiling charms of Mothra to the tragic mystery of Matango and the disaster and spectacle of Rodan, The Mysterians, King Kong vs. Godzilla, Honda’s films reflected postwar Japan’s anxieties and incorporated fantastical special effects, a formula that created an enduring pop culture phenomenon.
Now, in the first full account of this overlooked director’s life and career, Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski shed new light on Honda’s work and the experiences that shaped it—including his days as a reluctant Japanese soldier, witnessing the aftermath of Hiroshima, and his lifelong friendship with Akira Kurosawa. The book features close analysis of Honda’s films (including, for the first time, his rarely seen dramas, comedies, and war films) and draws on previously untapped documents and interviews to explore how creative, economic, and industrial factors impacted his career. Fans of Godzilla and tokusatsu (special effects) film, and of Japanese film in general, will welcome this in-depth study of a highly influential director who occupies a uniquely important position in science fiction and fantasy cinema, as well as world cinema.
“Provides the reader with a lasting sense of the man—his temperament, values, philosophies, dreams, and disappointments?behind some of cinema’s most beloved characters.” —Film Comment