Friday, July 17, 2015

GODZILLA SIGHTED IN KICHIJOJI! Kenpachiro Satsuma Joins His Fans for a Special Dinner!

Heisei-era Godzilla suit actor Kenpachiro Satsuma gets his revenge on the Super X2, which mercilessly attacked him in Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989). Photo by Brett Homenick.

Tonight I returned from a fun evening in Kichijoji. A group of Godzilla fans get together there once a month, and the guest of honor for the meeting was Heisei Godzilla suit actor Kenpachiro Satsuma, who played the King of the Monsters from 1984 through 1995.

Ken Satsuma (left) and SFX technician Masahiko Shiraishi (right) pose with a photo from the set of Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) in which they both appear. Photo by Brett Homenick.

Such notable fans as Saki Hijiri (the first editor of Uchusen magazine) and Masahiko Shiraishi (who was an SFX staff member on Godzilla films like Godzilla vs. Biollante and Godzilla: Final Wars) were in attendance. Many laughs were had and funny stories shared. Everybody was in great spirits, and Satsuma-san in particular was having a great time.

Yours truly with Ken Satsuma, the Heisei Godzilla (as well as Hedorah and Gigan)!

Even though I arrived late (I had to work, after all), Satsuma-san invited me to sit next to him, and we spent much of the evening doing our best to communicate. Thankfully, we had an assist from Hijiri-san, who speaks English and was happy to help.

Fun times were had by all. Let's do it again soon!

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