Keisuke Noro. Photo by Brett Homenick.
On Saturday night, I was privileged to meet former Nikkatsu Studios actor Keisuke Noro. Of course, Noro-san has no connection at all to tokusatsu, but my interest in Japanese movies goes well beyond the monsters.
Noro-san's career at Nikkatsu dates back to the 1950s. Among his better-known credits in the West are Seijun Suzuki's Take Aim at the Police Van (1960) and the cult classic A Colt Is My Passport (1967), both of which were released by Criterion. In fact, I had my DVD sleeves of both signed by Noro-san.
It was a great evening in the company of an actor who rarely makes personal appearances. In the future, I'll be sure to seek out more films in which Keisuke Noro is featured.