Toho Legend Akira Kubo Joins THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL!
Source: Avery Guerra
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Last year, a team of independent filmmakers led by director Hiroto Yokokawa began production on THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL (大仏廻国, Daibutsu Kokaiku), a remake of a long-lost 1934 film that was quite possibly the first ever daikaiju film from Japan. The new movie, which incorporates both traditional suitmation and CG effects, features an all-star cast that includes legendary actor Akira Takarada (star of six Godzilla films, including the original), Peggy Neal (THE X FROM OUTER SPACE), Yukijiro Hotaru (The Heisei Gamera Trilogy, GODZILLA, MOTHRA, AND KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK), Philip Granger (TUCKER AND DALE VS EVIL), Ippei Ohsako (SHIN GODZILLA) and Inge Murata (SHIN GODZILLA), Shelley Sweeney (four Godzilla films), Yuki Morita (Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Entertainment’s GODZILLA), Toshi Toda (Sony Pictures’ GODZILLA) Norman England (two Godzilla films), Robert Scott Field (GODZILLA VS KING GHIDORAH), Masanori Kikuzawa, J-Pop superstar Momoka Iwata, rapper Yuma, Kazuma Yoneyama, Jun’ichiro Nirasawa (GODZILLA: FINAL WARS), Yoshihiko Ohtsuki (GODZILLA: FINAL WARS) and Takashi Yasuda.
A 50 minute cut of the film was screened in Japan in December 2018. Yokokawa and his team are now reworking the story and shooting additional scenes to bring THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL’s running time to feature length for international distribution. These scenes will include some new cast members who are familiar faces to fans of kaiju movies.
The first new actor announced is yet another Toho legend… Akira Kubo.
Beginning his career as a child actor in short movies, Kubo made his feature film debut in 1948. His early credits include some well-known works as Senkichi Taniguchi’s THE SOUND OF THE WAVES (潮騒, Shiosai, 1954), Ishiro Honda’s ADOLESCENCE PART II (続思春期 Zoku Shishunki, 1953) and FAREWELL RABAUL (Farewell Rabaul (さらばラバウル, Saraba Rabauru, 1954), and Akira Kurosawa’s THRONE OF BLOOD (蜘蛛巣城, Kumonosu-jō, 1957). Kubo was part of the ensemble cast of the Ishiro Honda/Eiji Tsuburaya sci-fi films GORATH (妖星ゴラス Yōsei Gorasu, 1962) and MATANGO/ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE (マタンゴ, 1963). He then starred in a trio of Godzilla movies; INVASION OF ASTRO MONSTER/MONSTER ZERO (怪獣大戦争, Kaijū Daisensō, 1965), SON OF GODZILLA (怪獣島の決戦 ゴジラの息子, Kaijū-tō no Kessen: Gojira no Musuko, 1967) and DESTROY ALL MONSTERS (怪獣総進撃 Kaijū Sōshingeki, 1968), followed by the non-Godzilla kaiju film SPACE AMOEBA/YOG: MONSTER FROM SPACE (ゲゾラ・ガニメ・カメーバ 決戦! 南海の大怪獣, Gezora, Ganime, Kamēba: Kessen! Nankai no Daikaijū). In 1995, he returned to the genre with a cameo role in GAMERA: GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE (ガメラ 大怪獣空中決戦, Gamera Daikaijū Kūchū Kessen).
Akira Kubo began filming his scenes for THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL this Tuesday, and the filmmakers have shared some photos to celebrate the event.