Quentin Tarantino’s Favorite Sci-Fi Director of All Time
Even though many people accuse Quentin Tarantino of robbing other filmmakers, no one can deny that the American director has a burning passion for the world of cinema. First clerk in a video store where he was introduced to all kinds of films ranging from cult classics abroad to mainstream comedies, Tarantino has become a global icon thanks to his famous projects like pulp Fiction.
In addition to his memorable contributions to the history of cinema, Tarantino is also responsible for introducing American audiences to foreign filmmakers. Thanks to its periodic spotlights on world cinema, Western viewers have become familiar with Asian cinema. Tarantino recognized the genius of many contemporary Asian filmmakers, including Wong Kar-wai and Bong Joon-ho.
“It’s not just the samurai movies that I love – Ishiro Honda (Gojira) is my favorite sci-fi director, ”Tarantino said in an interview with the Japan time where he spoke about his intense passion for Japanese cinema. “I even love – in fact, I’m quite in love – with the whole poruno Nikkatsu (studio) novel (1970s, big budget adult films).”
Adding: “I almost can’t believe that this existed in the cinema! The way they did it in the 70s, where these are real movies with real actors. The woman who played the owner in Kill Bill (Yuki Kazamatsuri), she was a Roman poruno actress. I have seen a few of his films and found them to be fantastic! Even the fact that the genitals are blurry made it even more effective.
Ishiro Honda was a pioneering Japanese filmmaker who was the co-creator of the famous Godzilla series which gained immense popularity and was an indispensable part of cinema history. Honda has been a defining influence on the kaiju (monster) genre, with many modern filmmakers borrowing from its unforgettable cinematic constructions.
In an interview, Honda recalled how much he had been drawn to cinema from an early age: “Sitting in a movie theater watching a movie on the screen: that’s what I lived for. . I never once thought of leaving the world of cinema. When I came back from the war, I had spent a lot more time in the military than in the studio. When I came back I had to start over.
“When I was coming back from the war, as the army was coming back after our final defeat, we went through Hiroshima,” Honda said. “Back then it was said that for the next 72 years not a single blade of grass would grow there, and that really stuck with me. “
Continuing, “So I have a sort of hatred of nuclear weapons. It’s horrible to make such terrible weapons and use them on one city and then another. It was that feeling, for me as a director, that meant that I didn’t once hesitate to bring Godzilla to life in the movie.
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