Sunday, May 6, 2018

GODZILLA 2000 REDUX! Three Alums from the Millennium-Era Reboot Converge for an Event!

With Shinji Nishikawa, Hiroshi Kashiwabara, and Wataru Mimura.

On Saturday evening, May 5, I attended another special event, this time with three special guests. Screenwriters Wataru Mimura and Hiroshi Kashiwabara were in the house, as was kaiju designer and illustrator Shinji Nishikawa.

 With Hiroshi Kashiwabara.

Of all the guests, I spent the most time speaking with Hiroshi Kashiwabara. Kashiwabara-san is a big fan of classic American action films, especially those with John Wayne and Steve McQueen. We spent quite a bit of time talking about those kinds of movies. Along the way, I managed to work in a reference to Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (1994), which Kashiwabara-san wrote.

Shinji Nishikawa. Photo by Brett Homenick.

It was also great to see Shinji Nishikawa again, as it had been a while since I last saw him. A young film student is in the process of shooting a documentary about him, and she was filming a lot of the proceedings. She herself is a Godzilla fan and is well versed in the genre.

Hiroshi Kashiwabara mugs for the camera. Photo by Brett Homenick.

And so that concludes another fun evening with cool, laid-back guests. It probably goes without saying that I really enjoyed myself, and hope to see them all again very soon.

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