Today is the birthday of Ishiro Honda, director of GODZILLA (54) and many other great Japanese genre movies, along with being a pretty great person overall. I would hate to think of a world where these movies didn't exist, or had a lesser talent directing them. Honda was an amazing director who made great movies, no matter what the subject matter. I now laugh at some of the writings in older magazines lambasting Japanese movies as "far and away the worst of the lots" because of their effects, especially now, when so much more is known about the craftmanship that went into even the lower end movies. shows what they knew!