The upcoming all-star giant monster movie, known as The Great Buddha Arrival, has announced a major new addition, Yoshiro Uchida, to its must-see ensemble cast. Also known as Daibutsu Kokaiku, director Hiroto Yokokawa’s The Great Buddha Arrival is a reboot of a lost classic 1934 film from Japan.
The Great Buddha Arrival is a remake of the long lost classic Daibutsu Kokaiku, which many film enthusiasts widely consider as the first daikaiju film. This new reboot will be directed by Hiroto Yokokawa, with the blessings of the original film director’s grandson. Filming began previously in Japan.
Here are 5 reasons we’re excited for The Great Buddha Arrival:
5) Yoshiro Uchida!
Now a very talented singing legend, Yoshiro Uchida was once the child star of the original Gamera film. In the Japanese version, Uchida was named Toshio Sakurai, In the American home video release, Uchida’s Toshio Sakurai was notoriously dubbed as “Kenny.” The nickname has been used as a title for child stars in kaiju films.
4) Akira Kubo!
Japanese acting icon, Akira Kubo, has now joined the all-star cast! Kubo has appeared in 75 films since his career began back in 1952. You may recognize I’m from his previous works, Son of Godzilla and Destroy All Monsters.
3) The Return of Peggy Neal!
We previously mentioned, known for her movies such as X- From Outer Space and Terror Beneath The Sea, Peggy Neal is one of the most beloved classic actress of the sub-genre. After her short stint in Japanese fantasy films of the late 60s, she just disappeared off the face of the planet. Neal became one of Japanese cinema’s biggest mysteries.
3) Ippei Ohsako!
Known for his work in Death Note: New Generation, actor Ippei Ohsako will now be taking on something larger and bigger in the upcoming giant monster movie.
1) The Ensemble Cast!
The ensemble cast includes legendary actor Akira Takarada (star of 6 Godzilla films, including the original film), Yukijiro Hotaru (Gamera trilogy), Shelley Sweeney (star of 4 Godzilla films), Yuki Morita (Godzilla 2014), Norman England (Godzilla: 2000), Robert Scott Field (Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah), Masanori Kikuzawa, JPop superstar Momoko Iwata, rapper Yuma, Kazuma Yoneyama, Godzilla: Final Wars’ Jun’ichiro Nirasawa and Yoshihiko Ohtsuki, and Takashi Yasuda.