gThe Man Who Came To Porth
was the year 1952, right after my debut, at my first out-of-town
location in Onagawa, a whale fishing base located in Miyagi
Prefecture. I remember the kindness of director Honda for taking
me in as a newbie and raising me as an actor, being so happy to be able
to work with Mr. Mifune, and the strong smell of whale meat which
permeated the entire town.
gMother and Sonh
I am not sure
whether this film was just quietly made, or the entire film industry
was on cloud nine riding the wave of the boom then. In either
case, I feel director Honda was the type of person who exhibited his
specialty best in these sort of low-key, human-interest stories.
was very nervous to play the only son to Yaeko Mizutani, the leading
influential new school figure of the time. Seeing Ms. Mizutani
wearing rain boots during the filming in Tsukijifs fish market was an
impressive sight. It is a shame we rarely have these sorts of
I remember this being a very
luxurious film with a large-scale location, working together with many
veteran and famous actors. It was hard to imagine a monster
created based on a moth, and I recall director Honda trying to explain
it to me with a bitter smile on his face. I never imagined that
40 years later, I would appear in gTokyo SOSh as the same character,
just aged accordingly.
This is my favorite out of
all of director Hondafs works. This was a drama about a group of
young men and women, composed of a variety of personalities.
Director Honda seemed very lively during the filming, and I think each
character was portrayed well also.
Seen from an actorfs
perspective, director Ishiro Honda was a type of director who never
showed an angry nor unsatisfactory face. He was always gentle and
sincere, the directions he gave to the actors always brought out the
best in each actor and their ability, always seeking a very natural
performance, and it was very easy to work with (him).
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