Keeping Old School Cinema Effects Alive

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Long ago, before computers enabled filmmakers to dazzle their audience with sometimes disturbingly real computer effects, actors would don rubber suits and rage war amidst miniature cities shattered by very real explosions. The style saw the peak of its popularity in Japan where it was called tokusatsu and produced such iconic films as Godzilla vs. Mothra and Ultraman.

Now, only two companies remain in Japan that still produce tokusatsu films. A new report on the New York Times recently surfaced detailing the efforts of one of them to save and chronicle the film style for younger generations. For die hard film fans, the tokusatsu style is one definitely worth saving.

Read the entire report here.

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