How to make a Tokyo monster movie

Matt Alt wrote and field-produced a segment about Japanese "kaiju eiga" (monster movies) for National Geographic Channel's "Nat Geo Amazing!" show.

Although it's only a few minutes long, it was filmed over the course of an entire day on Death Kappa's Yokohama soundstage. The destruction of the single building that "Hangyolas" chops in two took a solid four hours out of that: the technicians decided on the breaking point, smashed the building themselves, and rebuilt the tiny chunks into a seemingly untouched building for a better
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