(Courtesy of Ippei Ohsako)
Known for his role as Yuminari in Shin Godzilla, actor Ippei Ohsako will now be taking on something larger and bigger in the upcoming giant monster movie, The Great Buddha Arrival. Also known as Daibutsu Kokaiku, 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 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 took placce earlier this month in Japan.
Here are 5 reasons we’re excited for The Great Buddha Arrival:
5) The Return of Peggy Neal!
As 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 subgenre. After her short stint in Japanese fantasy films of the late 60, she just disappeared off the face of the planet. Neal became one of Japanese cinema’s biggest mysteries.
4) 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, J-Pop superstar Momoko Iwata, rapper Yuma, Kazuma Yoneyama, Godzilla: Final Wars’ Jun’ichiro Nirasawa and Yoshihiko Ohtsuki, and Takashi Yasuda.
3) The Crew!
According to Fanbolt, the Kickstarter project is now fully funded and production has started moving. The The Great Buddha Arrival will be directed, co-written, and produced by Hiroto Yokokawa. The writing team also includes Yuki Yonezawa and Kazuma Yoneyama.
2) Ippei Ohsako!
Not only was he in Shin Gozilla and Death Note: New Generation, but you should also catch Ohsako in Matsumoto Seichô Mystery Jidaigeki, Ôoka Echizen, and Bushi no tamashii.
1) Check Out The Video!
Readers can find out more about on The Great Buddha Arrival Kickstarter here: