Tadao Takashima passes away at 88

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Tadao Takashima passes away at 88

Postby Joseph Goodman » Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:22 pm

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Re: Tadao Takashima passes away at 88

Postby Gwangi » Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:32 am

Sadly, we are at a point now, where we are losing many of these classic Toho actors and actresses. My favorite role of Mr. Takashima was in "Frankenstein Conquers the World", where he and Nick Adams sort of played the ying and yang - Tadao the obsessed one with the Frankenstein monster (even to a point of wanting to kill him to advance his damn research), while Nick was the calm, cool and collective presence that was badly needed.

RIP Mr. Takashima :cry:
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Re: Tadao Takashima passes away at 88

Postby lhb412 » Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:50 pm

Very sad to hear this.

He was fantastic in these movies, and to see him go from playing essentially the same lovable hero character in King Kong vs. Godzilla and Atragon to playing the far more ambiguous lead scientist character in Son of Godzilla shows an enormous amount of range... not to mention how those hero roles were coded as young men and the scientist character as an older man, even though these movies were made in practically the same couple of years. That's the magic of acting; put a little gray in your hair and carry yourself differently and suddenly you're a decade older!
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Re: Tadao Takashima passes away at 88

Postby H-Man » Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:11 pm

:cry:

One of Toho's most talented performers (actor, comic, musician), which, unlike a lot of Toho's biggest stars, he was able to show off in one of his tokusatsu roles. Rest in peace.

Takashima also starred in the unavailable (but not lost) 1956 film Fearful Attack of the Flying Saucers, which was written and directed by Shinichi Sekizawa. I wish that would turn up somehow.

lhb412 wrote:Very sad to hear this.

He was fantastic in these movies, and to see him go from playing essentially the same lovable hero character in King Kong vs. Godzilla and Atragon to playing the far more ambiguous lead scientist character in Son of Godzilla shows an enormous amount of range... not to mention how those hero roles were coded as young men and the scientist character as an older man, even though these movies were made in practically the same couple of years. That's the magic of acting; put a little gray in your hair and carry yourself differently and suddenly you're a decade older!


In another group I said his Son of Godzilla character is like the leading man version of the stock character role that Jun Tazaki usually played in the '60s, no disrespect intended for either gentleman. I think it's unusual casting that works because of Takashima's performance. I especially like his work with Tsuchiya in that film; despite Tsuchiya's protests and eventual disturbed behavior he never really loses faith in the scientist.
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Re: Tadao Takashima passes away at 88

Postby Benjamin Haines » Sat Jun 29, 2019 5:56 pm

Terrible news. Tadao Takashima's best role certainly was the fastidious lead scientist in Son of Godzilla but he was always a great presence in King Kong vs. Godzilla and Atragon, along with his memorable heel turn in Frankenstein vs. Baragon, which I'm watching now.

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Re: Tadao Takashima passes away at 88

Postby mbozzo » Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:32 pm

It's a pity that he has died. He will be missed by his many fans. :(
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