Sunday, January 25, 2015
FRIENDLY FACES IN JAPAN'S CAPITAL! A Recap of My Reunion with Old Friends!
Today (January 25) I had the distinct privilege to pay a visit to my old friend Ulf Otsuki (Godzilla vs. Megalon). It's been a long time since I'd last seen him, so I was eager to catch up with him. Thankfully, it was just like old times!
Ulf was in great spirits, and he recently filmed a guest spot on Kamen Rider Drive that will air on February 8! For those of you in Japan, be sure to tune in!
Ulf was being interviewed by a writer for a Japanese magazine, and (naturally) Ulf's career in SFX movies and TV shows was the main focus. While the interview was going on, I snapped many photos of Ulf as he was deep in thought. I'm very pleased with the way they came out.
All in all, it was a very pleasant day, and I hope to see Ulf again before too long.
On January 22, I met director Yoshimitsu Banno for dinner at a Japanese restaurant. It had also been a while since our last meeting, which was understandable, given that 2014 was a big year for Banno-san. To be honest, the Godzilla talk was kept to a minimum, as we conversed about other subjects, such as Banno-san's upcoming projects as well as Toho in the 1960s.
It was another wonderful evening, and I was able to assist Bannos-san on certain projects he is working on. I always enjoy visiting Banno-san, and it is truly rewarding to be able to offer him help on his projects.