(1) List of memorable Ishiro Honda film(s) you appeared in and the reasons why:
Each work has its own memories and impressions.
It is very difficult to select just one.
If I had to name only one, it would have to be gMatangoh (1963).
men and women get stranded on a yacht, wash up onto a deserted
island. The lack of food and supplies creates a mixture of human
ego and desires, leading the group to eat forbidden island mushrooms
called gmatangoh, which cause death. The student character, which
I played, ends up being the only survivor and returns to Japan, and in
the last cut for some reason it shows proof on my face that I, too, ate
the mushroom...it is very scary.
Starting with a very well written
script and thorough acting, along with the large budgeted art and props
and the group performance of the seven actors, this film was a lot of
fun and very worthwhile.
(2) Episodes during the filming of director Ishiro Hondafs works:
gDestroy All Monstersh (1968) while filming the shipfs cabin scenes on
the space rocket Moonlight SY-3, the captain whom I played would move
the control handle levers, to which the co-pilot had to mimic the
motions with his levers. It was inevitable for his action to be a
little delayed from mine, but we shot numerous takes to get it
right. We all started cracking up on the film set just thinking
about how we were there, supposedly filming something ultra-scientific.
(3) Memories of director Honda which stayed close to your heart, as well as about the people surrounding the director:
directors typically are on the set, yelling, getting angry towards the
actors and staff when what he is actually getting does not match what
he envisions. (Director Akira Kurosawa sometimes got this
wayc) I have never seen director Honda getting angry nor heard
him raising his voice. He was so warm and kind. His
gentlemanly character was something very welcoming for us actors.
filming sets outside of the city, there would at times be dinner
gatherings with the staff and cast. But once a day of filming
finished at the studio, it was most common for all of us to go over to
the Honda home and start drinking. (We gathered at the Kurosawa
home as well) At the height of the festivities, director Honda,
who was originally from the North East part of Japan, would start
singing traditional folk songs with his wonderful voice. They
also had annual birthday parties at the house, and his wife and
daughter always welcomed us with kindness. I have such fond and
fun memories of these times.
I think this opening of his website
is just wonderful. When I participated in the 2006 Toho Science
Fiction film event held in San Francisco, I was overwhelmed by the
passion of the overseas fans. I hope for not only Japan but the
entire world to find out more about the SFX films Toho prides through
the great works of director Honda.