Saturday, July 15, 2017

A HEISEI CELEBRATION! Toho Alums Gather for a Dinner Event!

Suit actor Hurricane Ryu. Photo by Brett Homenick. 

I just returned from a great dinner event with some great people.

First, Hurricane Ryu was on hand as a guest of honor. Ryu-san portrayed  King Ghidorah in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991), Battra in Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992), Baby Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993), and Godzilla Junior in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995). Ryu-san also played Kumasogami in Orochi the Eight-Headed Dragon (1994) and Guilala in Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit (2008).

Screenwriter Wataru Mimura. Photo by Brett Homenick.

The other major guest was Godzilla series screenwriter Wataru Mimura, who penned the scripts for Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993), Orochi the Eight-Headed Dragon (1994), Godzilla 2000 (1999), Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000), Godzilla against Mechagodzilla (2002), and Godzilla: Final Wars (2004).

Hurricane Ryu uses his impressive manga skills to sign copies of his new book. Photo by Brett Homenick. 

Of course, it was a wonderful event with much to talk about. Mimura-san talked about writing the script for Mechagodzilla II, which he wrote between January and April of 1993. Despite the obvious references to dinosaurs in the story, there was no influence from Jurassic Park. (The timing is off for there to be any sort of inspiration, anyway.)

Suffice it to say, it was a fun evening...

... and let's do it again soon!

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