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    Famed Kaiju Suit Actor Joins NEZURA 1964!


    Kaiju suit actor Akira Ohashi will perform the motion capture for the Mammoth Nazura in NEZURA 1964. Mammoth Nezira maquette photo courtesy of 3Y Film.
    © 2020 3Y Film, KADOKAWA

    Source: 3Y Film
    Official Site: nezura1964.com (Japan)
    Special Thanks to Avery Guerra

    A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE


    Akira Ohashi.Photo courtesy of 3Y Film

    Popular kaiju suit actor Akira Ohashi has joined the cast of the new kaiju film reboot NEZURA 1964 (ネズラ1964). Ohashi will be the motion capture performer to play the CG version of the movie’s monster, Mammoth Nezura. The film will use CG, traditional suitmation, and miniatures to bring the FX sequences to life.

    Akira Ohashi is known for portraying Gamera in GAMERA 2: ATTACK OF LEGION (ガメラ2 レギオン襲来 Gamera 2 Rregion Shūrai, 1996), Trauma Gamera and Iris in GAMERA 3: THE REVENGE OF IRIS (ガメラ3 邪神〈イリス〉覚醒), and also King Ghidorah in Toho’s GODZILLA, MOTHRA, KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL OUT ATTACK (ゴジラ・モスラ・キングギドラ 大怪獣総攻撃, Gojira, Mosura, Kingu Gidora: Daikaijū Sōkōgeki, 2001). For more on Ohashi’s career, please see his recent interview here on SciFi Japan.

    Produced by 3Y Film in association with Kadokawa, NEZURA 1964 is a drama about the infamous unmade kaiju movie by Daiei. The film is co-written, produced and directed by Hiroto Yokokawa (THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL) and stars Yukijiro Hotaru (Gamera Trilogy, GMK), Masanori Kikuzawa (THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL), Kazuma Yoneyama (THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL), Yoshiro Uchida (GAMERA), Ippei Osako (SHIN GODZILLA, DEATH NOTE: Light up the NEW World), Himawari Ono (GAMERA THE BRAVE), Noboru Sato (CHANGEMAN KEN!, TAMPOPO) and Mach Fumiake (GREAT CHASE, GAMERA: SUPER MONSTER). The staff includes supervisor Kensaku Sakai, creature designer Keisuke Yoneyama, production artists Takuma Asai, Karin Yamada and Hiroto Yokokawa, and consulting producer/publicist Avery Guerra. The film will use CG, suitmation, and miniatures to bring the FX sequences to life.

    NEZURA 1964 is scheduled for a December 2020 release in Japan. Be sure to follow the film on Facebook for updates.


    Ohashi suits up as Gamera in GAMERA 2: ATTACK OF LEGION. Photo courtesy of 3Y Film. © 1996 KADOKAWA NHFN

    About 3Y Film

    3Y Film is part of the video production company 3Y Co., Ltd. Founded in 2015 by Hiroto Yokokawa, 3Y has been involved with the production, filming, photography, editing and CG effects for commercials, movies, stage productions and corporate videos. The company has recently branched out into their original productions such as the feature film THE GREAT BUDDHA ARRIVAL.

    About Kadokawa Pictures, Inc.

    Kadokawa Pictures is part of Kadokawa Shoten, which forms the axis of the expansive KADOKAWA CORPORATION. Kadokawa Shoten has maintained the company’s traditions since its founding, while continuously seeking to innovate at the same time. With their core operations based in publishing and film, represented by the Kadokawa Paperback, Kadokawa Pictures, and Kadokawa Anime labels, they continually release a wide range of content targeted to all age groups.


    For more information on NEZURA 1964 please see the earlier coverage here on SciFi Japan:

     

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