Sometimes I wonder about these things.
art--I know for a fact he felt this to be most important. It is also
true he worked as a director to push the production to its limit and
put his film out for the world to see.
However, was there any
particular method that he used, which makes the viewers identify and
say “This was written by director Honda!”?
He was a very
straight man, disliked all things crooked, hated lies, exaggerations
and hyperbolic expressions. So the methods used by such a man were
faithful and very realistic, which in a sense was a very plain way of
expression. But rather than his ways clashing with special effects
filming, it actually fused well with the SFX process; and perhaps this
is what the driving force that established the famous teamwork with
director Eiji Tsuburaya.
Even with the actors, he never pushed
his views of the characters or how he felt they should be
portrayed. Rather, he would work to accommodate the actors and
recreate the characters accordingly. I have been told that there is
nobody like him, someone who leaves such a strong impression as a
director but who never showed his anger towards the actors nor
requested changes in their acting. Now, this may sound like
something very simple to do, but film making back in those days were
done in such a way where they had to use actors who had exclusive
contracts with the film studios. Therefore, the casting process
itself was limited from the start.
So Toho produced films,
starting but not limited to Team Honda, and their contracted actors
would appear in every film, which naturally created the “usual group”
of actors to be viewed. Of course, there were 4 other companies
who had the same system as Toho. From an audience point of view, you
can say that all of their films were made using the same actors each
time. And I had always questioned this.
But as a child, I felt
that Team Honda’s filming sets had a harmonious, gentle and warm
atmosphere, where everyone was smiling. I also remember them not
having many outtakes either.
I can still recall my Father’s voice being unusually loud, echoing from corner to corner throughout the studio…