Monday, August 17, 2015
KOJI MORITSUGU AND MASANARI NIHEI JOIN FORCES! The Legendary Tsuburaya Actors Team Up in Fujisawa!
August 15 saw a special event at Joli Chapeau in Fujisawa, Kanagawa, that brought Koji Moritsugu (Ultra Seven's Dan Moroboshi) and Masanari Nihei (Ito/Ide from Ultraman) together for a Q&A and signing event.
Nihei-san began by talking about his film career at Toho, working on tokusatsu classics like Mothra (1961) and Gorath (1962). After that, the conversation shifted to Tsuburaya Productions, which is, of course, what the audience wanted to hear.
Overall, the event was another success, and it followed the usual pattern of fan events organized by Joli Chapeau. The first event is the autograph session, followed by the Q&A, and the final event is the photo session.
Nihei-san was every bit as jolly and gregarious as I expected him to be. Moritsugu-san was as friendly as usual. At one point during the photo session, he was humming John Barry's James Bond theme music! Suffice it to say, he's a fun guy to hang around.
I had a blast, and I'm very thankful for finally having a chance to meet Nihei-san. It's always great to meet Toho actors, and he appears in quite a few classics. His work on Ultraman will always be his most famous work, but as a movie guy, I have to give the nod to his Toho films.
That's a wrap! See you all next time!