As you can see, I had distinct honor of sitting down and chatting with Kumi Mizuno, unquestionably this genre's most popular actress. Having starred in such Toho SFX films as Gorath (1962), Matango (1963), Monster Zero (1965), War of the Gargantuas (1966), Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966), Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), among others, Ms. Mizuno certainly has earned her loyal fan base with American fans.
I'm sure I'll be saying a lot more about meeting Ms. Mizuno in the coming days, but for right now, here's some footage shot by my friend Yoshi Yabe that really captures the essence of the meeting. It was really as fun as it looks!
One quick story. I told Ms. Mizuno about Brad Pitt's mentioning War of the Gargantuas during this year's Oscars telecast as a memorable movie that left an impression on him as a child. She hadn't heard about it, but was (naturally) surprised to learn that it happened. I've since sent a clip of the YouTube video to her manager. More to come later!