Kaiju Girls

Written by Barney Buckley

Email Address – bbuckley@triad.rr.com


Kumi Mizuno

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She was born on January 1, 1937. Her birth name is Maya Igarashi. She is a Japanese actress and she has started in he felt but, her most famous role was from the movie invasion of Astro-monster. Dr. Sueko Togami was another part she played in the movie Frankenstein conquers the world, and she was also the island girl Dayo in Godzilla versus the sea monster.

She has played any other felt in her acting career and they will be listed below in her filmography. Mizuno returns to her Kaiju role in the film Godzilla against Mechagodzilla and then again in Godzilla Final Wars. Mizuno is perhaps Toho’s most popular actress. By the late 1950s early 60s her career but that an all-time high and she quickly became one of Ishiro Honda’s favorite actresses to play and his movies. When she started acting in 1958 he did a movie called A Bridge for Us Alone and this is where she went on to do the second fell she changed her name like most actresses and actors do to Kuimi Mizuno.

Kumi Mizuno’s performance as Miss Namikawa, the alien interloper-turned-lover in Monster Zero encapsulates all the qualities that make her the Godzilla series’ most alluring actress: Flirtatious- ness, wit, vulnerability, mystery. Mizuno transcended the genre’s conservative limitations and turned in daring performances, igniting the screen with her vivacious looks, her acting talent, and above all her star quality. Even when clad in a body-hugging latex spacewoman suit and jet-black wig, Mizuno looked glamorous, not silly. Director Ishiro Honda once said, “My movies.

Have more Westernized females than traditional Japanese women characters,” and he preferred “a type of actress who actually transform themselves into the characters emotionally.” Mizuno’s ability to delve into her roles made her one of Honda’s favorite performers.While doing the Godzilla films she would be paired up with the American actor Nick Adams who died in 1968 due to speculation up perhaps a murder, but no one really knew. There were rumors of romance between the two Mizuno dismissed rumors in an interview in 1996. In Kaiju fandom she is perhaps one of the most popular actresses out there.


Yuriko Hoshi

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She was born on December 6, 1943. In the 1960s is perhaps one youngest members of the Toho stable to perform a Godzilla movie. She made a big impression in her earliest filmmaking she was recognized for her youthful energy. She would go on to star in movies for the Toho company like Mothra versus Godzilla in 1964 or as some would call it Godzilla versus the thing she also starred in Ghidrah, the three headed monster which came out in 1964 the same year as Godzilla versus the thing.

She would again appear in the movie Godzilla versus Megaguirus she would be the doctor that created the dimension tide machine or weapon to get rid of Godzilla for good. If Kumi Mizuno was the Kaiju Eiga’s reigning sexy starlet, Yuriko Hoshi was its sassy charmer. Yuriko continues to act to this day mainly and TV shows.


Mie Hama

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She was born in Tokyo Japan on November 20, 1943. She started out working out as a bus fare collector when she was spotted by Toho’s producer Tomoyuki Tanaka and she was soon ploy by the company and she would eventually make her Kaiju movie appearance in King Kong versus Godzilla in 1962. She would become the damsel in distress and Kong would be carrying her to the Diet Building only to fall asleep at the wheel.

She also played in the James Bond movie that came out in 1967 You Only Live Twice her name is Kissy Suzuki she would be known as the bond girl. She with then head back to Tokyo Japan to film yet another King Kong movie called King Kong Escapes which comes out in 1967 here she plays her best part she is very charismatic in this movie and she is also sexy. Her name in this movie is a Madamn Piranha.

In Japan’s “Golden Age” of cinema this is where she became extremely popular if not one of the most popular actresses within this time. She would later appear in a few films in the 1970s and 1980s however she is doing work as an environmental activist today. Little-known fact about her is her measurements are 35-23-35 and her height was only up mere 5 foot 4 1/2.


Tomoyo Ai

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She was born October 29, 1954 in Kanagawa Japan. Her real name is Fumiyo Murakami. She would go on to star in the movie “The Terror of Mechagodzilla” her name is Katsura and it is also discovered that Katsura is actually a cyborg who underwent surgery because she was electrocuted to the point of death. She actually controls cyborg Mechagodzilla and eventually destroys the city. Other known fact about her is the fact that she does do modeling. She went on to star in other films and TV shows one of them being an Ultraman series called Ultraman Leo


Anna Nakagawa

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She was born on August 30, 1965 in Suginami, Tokyo, Japan. She would only start in one of the Godzilla movies and that is Godzilla versus King Ghidorah 1991.

Emi Kano the future girl. Her role in the movie was displayed as a mother ship brought back into the past with her and other individuals aboard with good intentions for the people of that time, or so they thought, but it was Emi who has the good intentions, so in turn she helps the people get rid of Godzilla.

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Sayaka Yamaguchi

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She is the other half of the priestesses in the modern Mothra series called the Rebirth Series. She starred in The Rebirth of Mothra 1, The Rebirth of Mothra 2, and The Rebirth of Mothra 3.

A little something about her role in Mothra she is Moll of the tiny priestesses who lead in religious chants on Infant Island at that.

When the new series started the Toho Company decided to use new actresses instead of using The Cosmos. These twins were seen and used in the movie Godzilla versus Mothra 1992; this is the one with Battra.

So in turn the Toho Company decided to call them the Alias. Their names are called moll and Lara these two are presented as the Mothra fairies. Belvera is there evil third sister who wants to rule the world.


Keiko Inamura

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She was born on January 31, 1974 and she is from Shizuoka Japan. She starred in such movies as Godzilla versus Mothra 1992, Godzilla versus Mechagodzilla 1993, and Godzilla versus Spacegodzilla. She was part of the Cosmos in Godzilla versus Mothra 1992 and Godzilla versus Spacegodzilla 1994, and in the movie Godzilla versus Mechagodzilla 1993 she was a psychic schoolteacher.

Now along with Sayaka Osawa are another pop singing group in Japan. Once again Toho cast pop acts as the fairies for Mothra in Godzilla vs Mothra released in 1992. They would return a year later in a brief appearance in the movie Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla.


Sayaka Osawa

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She was born on November 14, 1973 and she is from Tokyo Japan. Now she is the more popular of the two girls she’s been in more movies that we all seem to recognize. She has starred in the movie Godzilla versus Mothra 1992, Godzilla versus Mechagodzilla 1993, Godzilla versus Spacegodzilla 1994, and Godzilla versus Destroyer 1995.

As I’ve mentioned the above are the same with the exception of Godzilla versus Destroyer 1995 here she carries on her psychic abilities and control over Godzilla Junior now replaces Godzilla. But this timeline which to me is a shame that they never pick it back up is still dead in the water. Anyway She helps Miki lure Junior to Tokyo. Okay, Yukari’s the prettiest, Meru is the cutest.


Emi Ito

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Emi and Yumi Ito were born on April 1, 1941 in Tokoname, Aichi, (Japan) on April 1, 1941 and then move to Nagoya Japan shortly after her birth. Her real name is Hideyo Ito and she is the one half of the singing duet called The Peanuts which sang beautifully in the Showa era of Godzilla and Mothra movies.

Some fans claim they can tell the difference between Emi Ito and Yumi Ito, the identical twins who make up the singing duo the Peanuts, but it’s probably just empty boasting.

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For the record, Emi is the elder of the Ito sisters, who were born in January 1941 in Nagoya. The pair debuted with a hit single on the Japanese pop charts in 1959 and rose to fame with the novelty of their twin-sister act and on the strength of their alluring vocal harmonies.

The Peanuts became a premier talent for Watanabe Productions, Japan’s answer to the William Morris Agency, and in 1961 they appeared as the shobijin (“little beauties”) in Mothra, introducing elements of fantasy to Toho’s monster cinema and broadening the genre’s appeal to women and children.

“Emi passed away at the age of 71 in Tokyo, Japan on June 15, 2012. May she rest in peace and she will be sorely missed.”

Yumi Ito

Yumi was born on April 1, 1941 in Tokoname, Aichi, (Japan) on April 1, 1941 and then move to Nagoya Japan shortly after her birth. Some fans claim they can tell the difference between Emi Ito and Yumi Ito, the identical twins who make up the singing duo the Peanuts, but it’s probably just empty boasting.

For the record, Emi is the elder of the Ito sisters, who were born in January 1941 in Nagoya. The pair debuted with a hit single on the Japanese pop charts in 1959 and rose to fame with the novelty of their twin-sister act and on the strength of their alluring vocal harmonies.

The Peanuts became a premier talent for Watanabe Productions, Japan’s answer to the William Morris Agency, and in 1961 they appeared as the shobijin (“little beauties”) in Mothra, introducing elements of fantasy to Toho’s monster cinema and broadening the genre’s appeal to women and children.

Yumi Ito her other sisterjust recently passed away on May 18, 2016maybe they both rest in peace!


Megumi Kobayashi

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his young lady was born on April 24, 1977 she is also from Kanagawa Japan. She is a Japanese model, actress, singer, and she is the one half of the priestesses in the modern Mothra series called the Rebirth Series. She is known as Lara and is the controlling one of the twins and more aggressive than her sister.

She starred in The Rebirth of Mothra 1, The Rebirth of Mothra 2, The Rebirth of Mothra 3, and finally she also starred in the movie Godzilla vs Destroyah 1995. A little something about her role in Mothra is one of the tiny priestesses who lead in religious chants on Infant Island at that.

When the new series started the Toho Company decided to use new actresses instead of using The Cosmos. These twins were seen and used in the movie Godzilla versus Mothra 1992; this is the one with Battra.

So in turn the Toho Company decided to call them the Alias. Their names are called moll and Lara these two are presented as the Mothra fairies. Belvera is there evil third sister who wants to rule the world.


Pair Bambi

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Cast as the fairies in one movie, Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, Pair Bambi was another singing act. This movie would mark the last appearance of the characters of the fairies until 1992’s Godzilla vs. Mothra, and there really isn’t any information based on Pair Bambi.


Masami Nagasawa

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She was born on June 3, 1987 and Iwata,Shizuoka Japan. Her given name is Nagasawa Masami and she is a Japanese actress who starred in movies as one of the Mothra twins, priestesses, Shobijins alongside with Chichiro Otsuta. These are the latest twins to star in a Godzilla movie for Mothra, and that movie is Godzilla Tokyo SOS.

Now according to Japanese fan sources Masami is only 16 years old and she Chichiro is 17 years old. They were both cast as Mothra fairies or they were called the Cosmos. According to the movie which mostly you have already seen is speculation that the Tokyo tower is destroyed, as well as The Japanese Diet Building. Which they do.


Chichiro Otsuta

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She was born on March 12, 1986 in Tokushima, Tokushima Prefecture, Japan she is now 27 years old, but at the time she was 17 years old when she did the movie Godzilla Tokyo SOS which came out in 2003.

She is the other half of the Mothra twins or the new Cosmos that played in that movie. She also lost at a small part Godzilla Final Wars, but it is not listed so I am not sure what she did in this movie.


Mayu Sisuki

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She was born on March 17, 1978 in Saitama, Japan. She is a young girl around 12 years of age who is trying to get close up shots of Godzilla in Godzilla 2000 with Shinoda (Takehiri Murata) and she comes off a little brash and a know it all, but she is adorable in her own way.

The film of Godzilla 2000 brings back some old tricks special effects and for obvious reasons this movie abandons the entire timeline of the original series. Now this movie according to IMDB is the only movie that she stars. For now that is.


Misato Tanaka

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She Was Born on February 9, 1977 in Ishikawa Japan. Kirko Tsujimori is a character named that she would use in the movie Godzilla versus Megaguirus 2000 and she would also make a cameo appearance in the next film Godzilla against Mechagodzilla 2002 where she is a nurse Tsujimori, the names of the same however the characters are not related except as an egg nod.

Her story in the movie Godzilla versus Megaguirus 2000 is that Godzilla hates all forms of energy. In Japan it’s attacked on several occasions or any time they come up with a new energy source. So they created this weapon called The Dimension Tide it is a weapon that create black holes so the idea was to put one in space a minute Godzilla and send him to a different dimension. They tried this on two different occasions and fail miserably.


Yumiko Shaku

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She was born on June 12, 1978 and Kiyose, Japan. The film that she would star in is called Godzilla against Mechagodzilla 2002 here she would eventually control the Mechagodzilla they call Kiryu. She would make a cameo in the next installment of Godzilla against Mechagodzilla this movie is called Godzilla Tokyo SOS.

Which came out in 2003 you would see her in the beginning of the movie, and she is being shipped off on another mission in saying goodbye to Mechagodzilla / Kiryu. I got a say that this woman is modeling and experience in looking really good this is one incredibly sexy girl absolutely adorable.


Miho Yoshioka

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She Was Born on February 3, 1980 in Higashiosaka, Japan. She would go on to star in the next installment of Godzilla against Mechagodzilla 2003 called Godzilla Tokyo SOS. She would be the next pilot after the failed attempt of Yumiko Shaku’s character. I did do a video on this woman because I think she is hot and nice and curvy. She stands about 5 foot 6 1/2 and she is in Aquarius just like me.


Shinobu Nakayama

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She was born on January 18, 1973 and Tokyo Japan. She is an actress and a former JPop singer. She is famous for her role as  Mayumi Nagamine in Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995) and Gamera 3: Incomplete Struggle (1999), and she’s also starred in the movie The Fist of Legend starring Jet Li. And she starred in the movie Godzilla versus Mechagodzilla 1993 as Yuri Katagiri. She is a small girl she stands around 5 foot 5.


Akiko Wakabayashi

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She was born on August 26, 1941 Tokyo Japan. She starred along with ranking actresses like Kumi Mizuno and Mie Hama. Career took off like she came to Toho studios and started in some other sci-fi movies which eventually that her to the movie Ghidorah, The Three Headed Dragon and she was also another bond girl her name was Aki she starred in the same movie as Mie Hama and Akiko was originally chosen for the lead bond girl role Kissy Susuki and her co-star, Mie Hama, is to play Bond girl “Suki”. As Hama had a difficult time mastering the English language, the two actresses switched roles.

In addition, Wakabayashi suggested her character name be Aki instead of Suki. In the late 1960s to early 1970s, Japan’s movie industry experienced an economic slump, which resulted in severe budget cuts. During that time, Wakabayashi made a rather abrupt end to her acting career, and has never been seen on the big screen since. Whether or not the economic slump played a factor, Wakabayashi remains one of the most memorable actresses of Japan, especially to Toho Studios’ sci-fi fandom.


Yoshiko Tanaka

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Yoshiko Tanaka (田中 好子 Tanaka Yoshiko?, April 8, 1956 – April 21, 2011) was a Japanese actress. She was also famous as a member of the pop group Candies. While a member of Candies, Tanaka was known by the nickname “Sue” (スーちゃん Sū-chan?) Still at the height of its popularity, the group disbanded in 1978. Tanaka was also the sister-in-law of the well-known actress Masako Natsume.

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Tanaka was born in Adachi, Tokyo. She had a role in Godzilla vs. Biollante, portraying Asuka Okouchi. She won the Best Actress Award at the 14th Hochi Film Award for Black Rain.

This little lady would star in the movie Godzilla versus Biollante 1989 and the movie Godzilla versus Mothra 1992. She is best known for her work as a singer in the 1970s group Candies.

In 1991, she married business man Kazuo Odate. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. In October 2010, her cancer returned. Tanaka died on April 21, 2011 at the age of 55.

After these two movies tragically, although the details are kept secret up until her death during the production of Godzilla versus Mothra 1992 Tanaka was diagnosed with breast cancer. He would go on to face any battles of illness while still having a successful career. She would eventually succumb to her battle on April 21, 2011 as a result of the cancer.

Yoshiko Tanaka died on April 21, 2011 at the age of 55.”May she rest in peace and she will be sorely missed.”

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