Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Here's an interesting find. I recently stumbled across the June 2009 newsletter published by San Francisco's Granada Hotel called The Granada Gazette. What's so special about it, you may ask? It features an article about one of its standout residents, Ed Keane!
For those of you not in the know, Ed Keane played the mayor of New Kirk City (not New York City!) in Mothra (1961), among other roles in such Toho films as Gorath (identified in the article as "Goliath"), The Last War, The Big Boss, and others. Mr. Keane was co-creator of the Kokusai Agency, which supplied movie productions in Japan with foreign (i.e., white) actors.
I contacted the hotel earlier today, and it seems Mr. Keane no longer resides at the hotel, and no forwarding address was given. The manager I spoke with told me that Mr. Keane was always looking for ways to keep active and enjoyed talking about his days in Japan.
Below you'll find a closer look at the article. Enjoy!
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Behind the scenes at the Nakatsugawa Bunka Kaikan: Toho star Akira Takarada poses with local fans in his dressing room.
A poster announcing the Green Mountains screening in Nakatsugawa.
When I say it was a packed house, this is what I mean! You could hardly find an empty chair in the Nakatsugawa Bunka Kaikan.
Mr. Takarada, always joyful, cracks a smile while recalling the good old days.
Mr. Takarada shares a laugh with one of the chorus singers.
The highlight of the event happened at the after-party in a restaurant called Annie Hall. At one point, Mr. Takarada asked me to stand up. He then introduced me to the crowd, talked about G-FEST, etc. It was quite overwhelming to be talked up in such a way by one of my childhood idols. Mr. Takarada also asked me to address the audience (in Japanese, no less!), which I did my best to do.
All in all, it was quite an evening.
Video of Mr. Takarada singing with the chorus can be watched below: