The one and only Sadao Iizuka. Photo by Brett Homenick.
Sunday, November 27, saw another special event with Sadao Iizuka, the optical effects wizard who began his tokusatsu career with the original Godzilla (1954) and continued throughout much of the Showa era.
Due to a previous engagement, I had to miss the Q&A part of the evening, but I was able to join the dinner portion. It was a lot of fun hanging out with Iizuka-san, who always has new stories to tell.
Shinji Nishikawa and Sadao Iizuka. Photo by Brett Homenick.
A surprise guest at the event was kaiju designer and illustrator Shinji Nishikawa. Nishikawa-san has worked on countless tokusatsu films from the Heisei and Millennium eras, so all three timelines were well represented tonight.
It was great to see Iizuka-san and Nishikawa-san again, but I hope to be able to join the next event in its entirety. We'll see how it goes.
Sadao Iizuka poses with an old friend. Photo by Brett Homenick.
Many thanks to everyone who made my return to Sagamihara so much fun!