was very animated when recounting his times as Godzilla.
-Kenshiro Satsuma wore the Godzilla suit from
Godzilla 1985 to Godzilla Vs. Destroyah, but was also Hedorah and
Gigan in the years before.
-The Godzilla suit was over 200 lbs and he needed five people to help him get into
He could not move in it. He was tied to a rope and was pulled for a lot of
scenes. He kept losing his balance. Eventually he got used to it and the the
director said it was ok. Whenever he would punch the buildings, they wouldn't fall
apart. He couldn't move his arms, they would be hurting so much. The suit ended
up being lightened him before
filming so that he could move.
-Satsuma doesn't have any favorite monsters that he
fought, but he has one he hated: Mothra. "Why did Godzilla have to lose to him?"
Godzilla being be brought down by pollen was not a good way to be defeated. During
the filming of this, the pollen coming from Mothra would get in the suit and
would change the color with his skin and become a paste that would be stuck to
his skin. He was was unable to breathe as the pollen would fall through the
suit's air holes. That was the one time he felt Godzilla
was actually in a lot of trouble.
-Satsuma's scariest moment was in the big pool at Toho, when
the rockets were firing at him from the defense forces. They would always aim
the rockets at his throat, where his eyehole were. Falling and drowning in the
big pool was a fear of his.
-Satsuma said that the strongest monster he fought was King Ghidorah, but
are no weak ones and Godzilla is the strongest.
-The 1998 Godzilla infuriated Satsuma, so he
was not looking forward to the new 2014 Godzilla. He was extremely
the 1998 movie and was demonstrative toward it in the Chicago theater he saw it
in, so everyone knew that he was not happy with it.
-When he saw the 2014 Godzilla, he had to take a piss in the middle of the movie, but held it in as best
he could. Because he was liking the movie so much, it cured him of having to use the
bathroom. He was really surprised to see that Godzilla was a hero, as he thought
he would be seen as a villain. At the end of the movie he wanted to see Godzilla to let out a roar as he went out to
sea, for Godzilla to look back at what happened to
the city and to let out a roar of apology. He said with CG you can't express as much
when in a suit.
-Satsuma was also on the TV show Thunder Mask.
He played Thunder Mask in the suit and was
the stunt coordinator. The rights for the show are tied up even in Japan, so the only way for
fans to see it is through bootlegs.
-Satsuma also played Tiger Jyu Jr. in Fuun Lion-Maru. Satsuma had even forgotten about
the show until it was mentioned at the panel. The shooting
went very badly every time they were shooting; there was one mistake after another.
He had to wear a thick blanket, fur-lined with a fur costume with body armor,
when filming scenes during the middle of summer. He really liked the
mask, though. It was like a Mardi Gras mask as a tiger. Even though the actors would try to make the scenes better, the director
would say no and they have to do it his way.
-Now here's a crazy story. Godzilla 1985
had just come out and Satsuma was kidnapped and forced to make a Godzilla-like
movie in North Korea. In North Korea they wanted to make a new monster movie and
South Korean director Mr. Shin was also kidnapped and forced to make the movie.
Satsuma was stuck there
filming for two months with no contact to the outside world. When the movie was
finished, people from Toho were saying that the movie
was more entertaining than Godzilla 1985. The director and his wife had
after making the movie. Satsuma wrote a book called Godzilla Goes to North Korea
about his experiences. He was absolutely terrified that he wouldn't go home.
Satoshi 'Bin' Furuya
talks about being Ultraman in a super pimp jacket.
-Furuya had roles in other Toho productions other
than Ultraman. He was one of the natives and one of the reporters in the
Mothra movie. A
lot of the early Toho films had the same actor playing 3 - 4 different roles.
-In Ghidorah, The Three-Headed Monster,
Furuya had at least four roles in the movie, playing four different cops. He
would put his helmet over his eyes so it was harder to tell it was
-The Howling Convicts was the first movie
Furuya had a screen credit.
-Furuya's dream is to have a movie of Godzilla,
Ultraman, and Kikaida fighting together; the Japanese Avengers as he put it.
an episode of Ultraman, the Godzilla suit was used for the monster Jiras. They didn't have money to make a new monster, so they added a frill to
Godzilla's neck. His mentor Haruo Nakajima, then man who was Godzilla before
Kenpachiro Satsuma, wore the Godzilla costume. When filming, the fight between
Ultraman and Jiras had seemed to turn into a real fight and Furuya had blisters
all over his body afterwards.
-The most difficult part about being Ultraman was being able to breathe with
the mask on. There were very tiny holes in the eyes and mouth. When filming scenes
in the water, he felt like he was going to drown because there was nowhere for
the water to go but in his mask.
-A the second Japan's Heroes and Monsters panel,
Furuya said, "It's very nice to see so many beautiful
women today. First time I've seen this since I was born".
-It was wonderful for him to not
be behind a mask in Ultra Seven. Officer Amagi was extremely popular with
women in Japan and the U.S. He had tons of letters come from both countries.
When he had visited in New Jersey, he had lots of 60-year-old women coming up to
him and crying because they were so happy to meet him.
-Furuya wants an Ultraman movie made in
the U.S. and wants a role as a grandfather type. However, he does not want to
see a CG Ultraman.
Daisuke Ban talks of
his experiences with the masks of two most famous heroes with him.
The Famous Monsters
booth where Kenpachiro Satsuma, Satoshi Furuya, and Daisuke Ban signed
and took photos with fans young and old.
-Daisuke Ban played Jiro in the TV series
Kikaida. In a way it was a precursor to the Power Rangers. The half red
half blue look was to show the conflict of good and evil within him.
-Kikaida was a huge hit and caused a craze in
Hawaii in the '70s. He was proud of how popular Kikaida was in Hawaii, but
regrets the show not catching on in the rest of the U.S. Kikaida was just
as popular in Hawaii as the Beach Boys and Elvis. Hawaii would fill stadiums
with live shows with Ban and the other actors from the show. Ban also
had a hit song on Hawaii radio, in the top 3 of the music charts. Kikaida is multi-generational
in Hawaii, as parents continue to show their kids the show they loved.
-In Ringu, Ban was
the doctor trying to help Sadako.
-In the new Kikaida Reboot film, Ban is playing the
man trying to help Kikaida complete his circuit.
-Ban's biggest worry was about how he could make
everything entertaining for the audience.
-Ban had an accident where he dove into the water
and hit his head on a rock. The take where he got hurt was the one used in the
episode, but the part where he got hurt got cut out.
-Ban is glad the new 2014 Godzilla was done right.
We all are.
was also in Battle Fever J, one of the original Super Sentai / Power Rangers shows
that was only shown in Hawaii.
The Inazuman mask...
...and the Kikaida