Entering the Year 2009 Messages
The 100th anniversary since my Father's birth will be in two years from now.   I wish to celebrate the memories of him as well as his works, together with all of you fans of the director, Ishiro Honda.

There are a variety of ideas running through my head for possible events, etc.

What lies at the root of Ishiro Honda's personality, philosophy, the reason(s) for him being respected and loved by so many?  He would probably say "Do not do anything fancy.  Those things embarrasse me, and there is no need for such things."

His mentor director Kajiro Yamamoto and his best friend director Akira Kurosawa both have said "Ino-san is a director who is very quiet, never felt comfortable with flashy matters, and is very shy."  I really love what they said, and I would like to treasure these words.

So how about doing a "hand-made/home-made centennial festival"?  How about screening his works over the course of a full year?  And for the screenings of his SFX films, how about putting on a panel talk-show with various staff and actors from back in the day?

Would it be possible to do screenings of the original works in the United States?  (of course, only with the help of our friends in the U.S.)

It would be wonderful to be able to make this centennial celebration into something which is approved by as many fans as possible, as well as an event in which all of you would be interested in participating.

Please let me know any thoughts and ideas you may have.

Since this will be produced by myself along with only a handful of my colleagues, it may take a bit of time for me to send you a reply.  I may not even be able to respond to all of your emails and letters.  Your kind patience and understanding on this point would be greatly appreciated, and I look forward to hearing from you all.

April 3, 2009
Ryuji Honda