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17 Aug 2011
What does Tokusatsu mean?
A popular form of Japanese entertainment, Tokusatsu translates as "special filming". Simply put, the genre features themes involving fantasy or science fiction characters, mecha, superheroes or beasts and the significant use of special effects. Film series are more recognisable to Western audiences as general Sci Fi.
The 1954 release of "Godzilla" inspired by the American film King Kong, formulated many of the techniques that would become staples of the genre.
TV series include "Metal Hero" 1982 onwards, Chouseishin Series 2003 onwards and Moonlight Mask 1961.
Films examples include "Warning From Space" 1956, "Green Slime" 1969, and "Virus" 1980