Toho actor Hiroshi Koizumi, signing autographs at a Grissom Gang event, in June 2012. Photo by Brett Homenick.
Hiroshi Koizumi and Teruyoshi Nakano in June 2012. Photo by Brett Homenick.
Koizumi-san contemplates his career following a screening of Godzilla vs. the Thing. Photo by Brett Homenick.
Shaking hands with Hiroshi Koizumi, the star of many great Toho films, in September 2013.
While I interviewed Koizumi-san by correspondence in 2009, it was a brief interview, and I felt strongly that his entire film career (and not just the usual monster films) should be documented in English. Koizumi-san agreed to the interview, but I'll always regret never getting the opportunity to conduct it.
Speaking of the interview, it was done for G-FAN, a copy of the magazine was mailed to Koizumi-san's office so that he could be photographed holding it to illustrate the article. The picture was taken by Koizumi-san's agent and sent to us. What truly surprised me, however, was several years later seeing a very similar photo being used on the agency's Web site! To put it mildly, I was honored. A screen cap of the site is below.
Koizumi-san was a warm and friendly gentleman, as many Japanese actors from the old school are. Whenever I saw him interacting with his fans, he was always welcoming. I'll remember him that way.
Thank you for the memories, Koizumi-san, on and off the screen. Please rest in peace.