@@Memories of Ishiro Honda Messages ‚Ö
There is an autograph board in front of me.

gMokumokutoshite tentotomonikatari mokumokutoshite tentotomoniyuku* - film director Ishiro Hondah

(*This is a saying by Japanese philosopher Kitaro Nishida, which basically says to gdo what was given from heaven, and do as it was given from heavenh.  Meaning, act honestly, without lies nor deception, be as you are, do not try to be taller than you are, do not try too hard, just simply do what you can.)

These are genuine words I received directly from the Director Honda.

I was blessed with the opportunity to visit his home and speak with him several times before he passed.  My friend Shinsuke Nakajima, an old friend from my fanzine days and now an editor, illustrator Yuji Kaida, and novelist Takeshi Narumi accompanied me on these visits.  To this day I cannot forget the excitement I felt when he opened the door and welcomed us with a warm smile.

From his body emanated a style resembling a philosopher, there beamed a calm aura, and with his tall and strong physique he looked that much grander, and I was just utterly overwhelmed.

gAh, this is THE Director Honda, the person I had admired since elementary school, THE master of Toho SFX filmsch  To think this just filled my heart with excitement.

It all originates back to 1985, the year after Godzillafs 30th anniversary, when an original story contest was held for a new film.  Fortunately mine was chosen and the 17th Godzilla series film gGodzilla vs Biollanteh was made.  At the time, the screenplay writer and director Kazuki Omori had declared that the origin of his film life began with gAtragonh.  He would play the marching song from gThe Invasion of Astro-Monsterh on the set, laughing and shooting saying,  gDamn, Terror of Mechagodzilla was really well-madec"  

Special effects director Koichi Kawakita is one of the true Honda staff since the gKing Kong vs Godzillah days.  Starting with these two, every staff member felt they wanted to make another true Godzilla film.  In other words, this was a direct homage to Director Honda.

Everyone involved would all smile like a little boy and speak passionately whenever the topic of conversation was about Director Honda.  gGodzilla vs Biollanteh without a doubt is a work born as a crystallization of this mutual feeling.

However, with the Director himself in front of me, I was filled with fear and in no way could I bring myself to directly ask of his opinions.  I would see him many times since, and as I was warmly received everytime, I finally started to feel a sense of ease and comfort.  With the Mrs., who is a pioneer of our countryfs screenwriters, as well as their daughter who cooked wonderful meals for us and served us great wines, we were so happy, so excited, so intoxicated.  The Director drank but never got drunk, had an excellent memory and ample topics to speak about, and we would spend all night having fantastic conversations.

Admired for his endless vitality, if I was to complain about some daily fatigue or other, the Director would say gI have never once felt I was tired.  I do not feel right saying 'Ifm tired' when I am able to do the work I just love.h  Hearing this I felt moved and embarrassed at the same time.  The Director had been creating films with this very will.  And the will he had evidently matched the very words I mentioned at the beginning of my message on the autograph board.

The great Director Ishiro Hondac  The reason why all adore and admire him is not just praise which we give to his films.


January 17, 2008
Shinichiro Kobayashi
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