first encounter with director Ishiro Honda was not through an SFX film,
but rather on a film titled gSeniors, Juniors, Co-Workersh. (I
was about 20 years old) It was a corporate entrance exam scene, where I
played the clumsy, scatterbrain and Akira Kubo played the honor
student. After the test shooting of the first scene, the director
said gSaijo-kun, take it at your tempo, make it most comfortable for
you! Give me a performance which will make the audience
giggle!h I performed the scene, and when the director yelled
gcut!h, I glanced at him and he gave me an OK with a big smile.
started to receive uplifting and up-tempo roles after working on this
film, which I believe lead me to the role of Ippei in the first
Tsuburaya Production work, gUltra Qh.
The opportunities I was
given to appear in so many SFX films by director Ishiro Honda and
director Eiji Tsuburaya have become such a large asset for me as an
Memories outside of the filming studio include the annual
New Years parties at the Honda house with all of the actors and staff,
great celebrations where we would drink and eat from morning to evening.
Honda would cook up a storm for all of us, making us all
comfortable. Seeing her making sure we were enjoying ourselves
made me feel that director Ishiro Honda is who he is because his wife
is who she isc
Their son, Ryuji, was my junior at the same
school (Seijo Gakuen), so the family really treated me well and cared
for me, all to which I am truly greatful.
I can just imagine director Honda with director Eiji Tsuburaya up in heaven, yelling out gAnd action!h.