A framed picture of Miwa Takada during her Daimajin days. Photo by Brett Homenick
On Sunday, August 21, I had the opportunity to take in a screening of Daimajin (1966) with the film's leading lady, Miwa Takada, in attendance. Miwa-san is also the star of the yokai classic 100 Monsters (1968), and public appearances by her are rather rare.
DVD sleeves for Daimajin and 100 Monsters, signed by Miwa Takada. Photo by Brett Homenick.
There was a major difference between this event and pretty much every other one I've attended. Absolutely no photos of Takada-san were allowed to be taken. At the end of her signing session, however, attendees were allowed to pose for photos with her in groups of five (!) while a staff member took the picture on his smartphone. (I'm still awaiting the picture that the staff member took.)
This was most unusual, but given the general difference in attitude between Toho stars and stars from other studios (especially Daiei and Toei), this was not too surprising. (There are exceptions, of course.) Still, it was a great experience to meet Takada-san, and I enjoyed seeing Daimajin in 35mm.