Tuesday, September 27, 2016

ULTRA-ALL-STARS! A Director and Screenwriter Join Forces for a Special Evening!

Noted screenwriter Keiichi Hasegawa. Photo by Brett Homenick. 

On Saturday, September 24, I attended a dinner with two notable names from the world of Ultraman. One was Keiichi Hasegawa, whom I blogged about last week. Among American tokusatsu fans, his biggest credit (by far) is writing the screenplay for GMK: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001), one of the most popular entries in the Millennium Godzilla series.

Yours truly with director Hirochika Muraishi.

The other guest on hand was director Hirochika Muraishi, who is probably best known as the director of the movie Ultraman Tiga: The Final Odyssey (2000). His career dates back many years before that, including the celebrated Denjin Zaboga (1974-75). He was also a suit actor (!) on the TV program Tetsujin Tiger Seven (1973-74). He directed many episodes of Ultraman Tiga (1996-97), Ultraman Dyna (1997-98), Ultraman Gaia (1998-99), and beyond.

With screenwriter Keiichi Hasegawa.

It was a blast hanging out with Hasegawa-san again. Throughout the evening, he kept calling me Jason Bourne, which gave me a big laugh. (Maybe it's my new haircut!) Anyhow, he was certainly in great spirits this evening.

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