Saturday, May 30, 2015

WATARU MIMURA'S NEW ANIME! Kyusaku Shimoda Attends Film's Premiere!

Screenwriter Wataru Mimura stands next to the poster of his latest project in Chofu, Tokyo. Photo by Brett Homenick. 

On May 29, I attended the premiere of a new animated movie called Sampo Shojo (2015), which was produced by Godzilla series screenwriter Wataru Mimura. The premiere took place at the Chofu City Cultural Hall Tazukuri. The film's stylish animation was great, but the lack of subtitles made the story difficult to follow. Still, there were some familiar voices to be heard, such as that of Ultraman suit actor Bin Furuya.

Yours truly with actor Kyusaku Shimoda, who lends his voice to the new film. 

One of the highlights for me was meeting actor Kyusaku Shimoda, who played Yasunori Kato (the main villain) in Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis (1988). That said, Shimoda's character in the film is even more notable for being one of the major inspirations for the character of M. Bison in the video game Street Fighter II! Shimoda-san was another voice actor in the movie.

I plan to write more about the event in a future blog post, so watch this space for further details.

1 comment:

  1. That's great! Congratulations! I envy you; I've been a huge admirer of Shimada's performance as Kato for years now. I always hoped Shimada would return to the role one last time, but he is getting old now. Still, it hasn't been forgotten:

    I linked your blog post to our page!