Kaiju, the “strange beasts” of Japanese cinema, have inspired hit movies, toy lines and media franchises. Now there’s a day-long festival in Downtown Los Angeles to celebrate their legacy. Kaijucon runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, at the Japanese American National Museum at 100 N. Central Ave.
The festival takes place in conjunction with JANM’s ongoing Kaiju vs. Heroes exhibition and will include a vendors’ hall with toys and other collectables, as well as panel discussions. Tickets start at $25 for JANM members and $30 for non-members. The event will include screenings of kaiju classics, among them 1962’s King Kong vs. Godzilla (Kong shoots lightning in this one), and culminating with an outdoor screening of 1964’s Mothra vs. Godzilla.
Tickets and more information are at janm.org.