GOING TO SEE GODZILLA! Yoshinobu Kaneko Recounts His Experiences as a Young Actor in the Showa Era!

Yoshinobu Kaneko in May 2013. Photo © Brett Homenick. Former child actor Yoshinobu Kaneko is best known to Western monster movie fans as the young boy in King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) who begs his mother to go see Godzilla, only to be told that they're not going to the zoo. In Japan, however, Mr. … Continue reading GOING TO SEE GODZILLA! Yoshinobu Kaneko Recounts His Experiences as a Young Actor in the Showa Era!

HOLLYWOOD’S SIX-SHOOTER SAMURAI! Alex Cox on His New Film ‘Tombstone Rashomon’ and Akira Kurosawa!

Alex Cox, the iconoclastic director of the cult classic Repo Man (1984) and the critically acclaimed biopic Sid and Nancy (1986) is back with a new film, Tombstone Rashomon (2017). Tombstone Rashomon draws inspiration from Akira Kurosawa’s cinematic classic Rashomon (1950) and interprets the infamous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in ways that only Alex Cox can. In this … Continue reading HOLLYWOOD’S SIX-SHOOTER SAMURAI! Alex Cox on His New Film ‘Tombstone Rashomon’ and Akira Kurosawa!

THE EIGHTH SAMURAI! Shigeo Kato Shares Stories from His Decades-Long Acting Career!

Born on June 16, 1925, in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, actor Shigeo Kato joined Toho in the early 1950s. Early in his acting career, Mr. Kato appeared in brief roles in such cinema classics as Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru (1952) and Seven Samurai (1954), as well as the original Godzilla (1954). Mr. Kato remained a Toho actor … Continue reading THE EIGHTH SAMURAI! Shigeo Kato Shares Stories from His Decades-Long Acting Career!

MISS NAMIKAWA SPEAKS! The First Lady of the Godzilla Series Remembers Her Legendary Toho Career!

Kumi Mizuno is an actress who needs no introduction to readers of Vantage Point Interviews. Among fans both in the United States and Japan, she is without a doubt the series’ most popular actress. Among her genre credits are: Gorath (1962), Matango (1963), Monster Zero (1965), Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965), War of the Gargantuas (1966), Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster … Continue reading MISS NAMIKAWA SPEAKS! The First Lady of the Godzilla Series Remembers Her Legendary Toho Career!

TOHO’S MAN OF ACTION! Toru Ibuki Recalls His Adventurous Years On- and Off-screen!

Toru Ibuki was Toho’s action star of the 1960s, and some of the action scenes he performed proved to be more dangerous than mere stunts. Born on January 28, 1940, Mr. Ibuki’s acting career brought him to the attention of worldwide audiences via his roles in the Godzilla series. Most notably, Mr. Ibuki played the … Continue reading TOHO’S MAN OF ACTION! Toru Ibuki Recalls His Adventurous Years On- and Off-screen!

REMINISCENCES OF A SHOWA ACTOR! Chotaro Togin Remembers Acting During Japan’s Golden Age!

Chotaro Togin is one of Toho’s most recognizable supporting actors from the 1960s. Born on November 28, 1941, in Tokyo, Mr. Togin joined Toho in the early 1960s and appeared in some of Toho’s best-known films under the guidance of some of the country’s greatest directors. Among his movie credits are: Ichino in Godzilla vs. … Continue reading REMINISCENCES OF A SHOWA ACTOR! Chotaro Togin Remembers Acting During Japan’s Golden Age!

THE REASON FOR HIS SUCCESS! Rhodes Reason on His Memories in Hollywood and Beyond!

Rhodes Reason (1930-2014) is an actor whose roles in the science fiction genre are still celebrated to this day, particularly his starring role as Commander Carl Nelson in King Kong Escapes (1967), alongside Akira Takarada and Mie Hama, and as Flavius Maximus in the "Bread and Circuses" episode of Star Trek (1966-69). In the second … Continue reading THE REASON FOR HIS SUCCESS! Rhodes Reason on His Memories in Hollywood and Beyond!

SEVENTY YEARS AN ACTOR! Shigeo Kato on His Early Life and Acting Career!

Born on June 16, 1925, in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Shigeo Kato joined Toho in the early 1950s. Early in his acting career, Mr. Kato appeared in brief roles in such cinema classics as Akira Kurosawa's Ikiru (1952) and Seven Samurai (1954), as well as the original Godzilla (1954). Mr. Kato remained a Toho actor until … Continue reading SEVENTY YEARS AN ACTOR! Shigeo Kato on His Early Life and Acting Career!

GODZILLA’S FIRST CO-STAR! Akira Takarada Reminisces About His Famous Classmate, the King of the Monsters!

Born on April 29, 1934, in what is now Chongjin, North Korea, Mr. Takarada joined Toho as a member of the studio's sixth New Face class in 1953 and quickly established himself as one of its biggest stars. His big break came with the leading role of Hideto Ogata in Godzilla (1954), which was followed … Continue reading GODZILLA’S FIRST CO-STAR! Akira Takarada Reminisces About His Famous Classmate, the King of the Monsters!

THE ROAD TO M78! Bin Furuya on His Early Toho and Suit-Acting Roles!

Bin Furuya achieved stardom as Ultraman's first suit actor in the groundbreaking series Ultraman (1966-67) from Tsuburaya Productions. However, years before finding success on television, Mr. Furuya got his acting start working as an extra in movies at Toho Studios. Born on July 5, 1943, in Tokyo, Mr. Furuya was a member of Toho's 15th … Continue reading THE ROAD TO M78! Bin Furuya on His Early Toho and Suit-Acting Roles!