Friday, September 30, 2016
An exhibit focusing on Gamera and his many foes is currently running in Mori Tower's Tokyo City View, located on the tower's 52nd floor. The emphasis is on the Heisei Gamera series, although the Showa version of Daiei's Super Monster also made his presence known. The exhibit runs between September 24 and November 13, and if you're a Gamera fan, it's well worth checking out. Here's what's in store.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Vantage Point Interviews continues rolling along with my interview with voice actor Robert Axelrod, who voiced Lord Zedd and Finster and the ever-popular Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. This interview was originally published on John Roberto's Kaiju-Fan Online in 2005, but given that the site sadly no longer exists, I thought it should publish it on my own page.
Follow this link for the interview. Enjoy!
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Nick Curror (right) in a screenshot from the infamous Space Warriors 2000 (1985).
Vantage Point Interviews has been inactive for a while (my apologies, by the way), but a brand-new interview has just been published with one of the stars of the bizarre cult flick Space Warriors 2000, a movie Ultraman himself would most certainly prefer to forget.
The child actor from the film, Nick Curror, recently surfaced, and Vantage Point Interviews has the scoop. Unfortunately, there are few details, but this Q&A does add a few more pieces to the puzzle of this truly strange film.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
On Monday, I paid another visit to Keiko Nishi's cafe. Nishi-san played TAC member Noriko Mikawa in Ultraman Ace (1972-73), and while she made an appearance at Super Festival the day before, I missed her there.
As always, she was very kind and generous with her time, which makes every trip worth it. Thank you again, Nishi-san!
Today I enjoyed a great lunch with Toho star Yosuke Natsuki that lasted several hours. Naturally, we discussed a myriad of topics, including some interesting Toho history. For one thing, Natsuki-san revealed that he was originally approached to play the Japanese lead in the Frank Sinatra-directed None But the Brave (1965), but declined the offer due to the low salary. (The role was eventually played by Tatsuya Mihashi.) Even Toho advised against accepting the role at the time.
Many thanks to Natsuki-san for a fun and memorable afternoon. It was truly a great time, as it always is.
Actor Masanori Machida performs a dramatic reading in front of an intimate audience. Photo by Brett Homenick.
Following Super Festival, I attended a performance by actor Masanori Machida, who played the little boy Saki in Gappa the Triphibian Monster (1967).
After taking a few pics and signing the show's leaflet, I sat down to watch the performance (which included other actors), and in my unbiased opinion, Machida-san did the best job. The audience seemed to react the best to his reading, as well.
Many thanks to Machida-san, who's as cool as they come!