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Mar. 12, 2008 | 1:50 PM

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For any of you out there who live in the Bay area, this looks soooooooooooooo cool.  If I weren’t so broke right now, I would seriously consider catching a Virgin America flight up just for this:


Special event showing at Landmark’s Clay Theatre Thursday, March 20, 2008

In Person Appearance by Author and Film Expert August Ragone

Two cinematic spectacles and prime examples of classic Japanese science fiction, MOTHRA and BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE, will be presented as a double feature on Thursday, March 20, 2008 at the Clay Theatre in San Francisco.  MOTHRA shows first, with start times of 3:30PM and 7:30PM.  The event will feature a special appearance by author and film expert August Ragone, who will be present for all showings to add his insight to the films and answer questions.  He’ll also be signing copies of his book, Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters, just released by Chronicle Books, and on sale in the Clay Theatre lobby.  More details are available at: (415) 346-1124 and at

MOTHRA is set on Infant Island, previously used for atomic tests but free of radiation effects, and includes a pair of beautiful and tiny twins who sing a mysterious melody. When the girls are kidnapped and taken to Tokyo where they are forced to perform their songs to the public, Mothra, a gigantic moth worshiped as a goddess by the island people, awakens to rescue them, destroying everything in its wake!  MOTHRA was a massive box office hit, when it first premiered in 1961, with its witty screenplay and inspired direction by Ishiro Honda and with special effects and visual detail by legend Eiji Tsuburaya, the visual effects mastermind behind Godzilla, Ultraman, and numerous Japanese science fiction movies.

BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE is a visual effects spectacle, and one of the most action-oriented and miniature-filled of Toho Studio films. It takes place eight years after the events in Honda’s The Mysterians, when aliens invade Earth full force with their flying saucers and laser weapons, rendering cities helpless. All eyes turn to the most powerful nations on Earth as they unite to devise a plan to vanquish the aliens and return Earth to the hands of humans, thus, resulting in the most fierce and ultimate battle in outer space the galaxy as ever seen.  Effects director Tsuburaya outdoes himself in regards to the numerous visual effects scenes, especially during the final battle for the Earth (including the destruction of the Golden Gate Bridge and the deadly exosphere dogfight), which floored audiences in 1959, and can only be fully appreciated on the Big Screen.

AUGUST RAGONE- The San Francisco resident has written and commented on Japanese film and popular culture on television, radio, DVD releases, in print, online, and at film festivals for more than twenty years - including appearances on the Bay Area show “Creature Features” with Bob Wilkins and John Stanley. His book, Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters, is the first on the legendary special effects wizard in English.  The new release from Chronicle Books is a highly visual biography details Tsuburaya’s fascinating life and career, featuring hundreds of film stills, posters, concept art, and delightful on-set photos of Tsuburaya, as well as details on his key films and shows.,book-info/store,books/products_id,6725/title,Eiji-Tsuburaya-Master-of-Monsters

WHAT:  Screenings of MOTHRA and BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE, with author/expert August Ragone at all shows for comment and book signing (book on sale at theatre)

DETAILS:  Landmark’s Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore St, San Francisco. 

Thursday, March 20, 2008 at 3:30PM and 7:30PM (each show includes both features)

Tickets are $8.00 for the 3:30 matinee and $10.00 for the 7:30 evening show ($8.00 for student/senior/children under 12).

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