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Ryunosuke Kamiki’s Remarkable Journey to Award Race Leader with Godzilla 1.0

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Ryunosuke Kamiki starred in “Godzilla-1.0”. Although he was not involved in the awards race, ……

The movie “Godzilla-1.0” is a worldwide blockbuster hit. It was released in North America on December 1, 2011, on the largest scale in the history of Japanese live-action films, and its worldwide box-office revenue is now expected to exceed 14 billion yen.

It was also nominated for the prestigious Visual Effects Award at the recently announced “96th Academy Awards,” and director Takashi Yamazaki has already declared that the film will be a sequel. Amidst all this, the star of the film, Ryunosuke Kamiki, is attracting a lot of attention.

Kamiki won the Best Actor Award at the 66th Blue Ribbon Awards announced in January. He also won the Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role at the 47th Japan Academy Awards.

Kamiki, who was said to have never been involved in awards races before, is now making his big break as an actor,” said a person involved in a wide-ranging TV show.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the start of the “Godzilla” series. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the series’ inception and the 30th film in the series. So when he was offered the role, he said, “I was under a lot of pressure,

I was under a lot of pressure. But it was also a challenge for me to see how far I could go.

I accepted it because it was a challenge and I wanted to see how far I could go.

Koichi Shikishima, played by Kamiki, is a member of a suicide squadron, but he runs away and comes back home to spare his life. But that’s not all. He even leaves behind the garrison of Otojima Island, which was attacked by Godzilla. It is a difficult role to play, living with such trauma.

In order to play the role of Shikishima, Kamiki kept reminding himself in the mirror, “You are a human being who should not be alive,” and he also kept a cell phone message on his cell phone that read, “Hurry up and die. Such conflicts of Shikishima, played by Kamiki, are more acute in the “black-and-white” version of the film, which was released on January 12.

Kamiki himself was in a critical condition for four months soon after his birth, and his mother was very upset.

I want to leave proof that I am still alive.

She had applied for a job at a talent agency out of this desire. She describes herself as

“It’s like my second life,” she says.

She says, “It’s like a second life. Perhaps it is because he is such a man that he can understand the feelings of Shikishima, who survived the disaster.

But why was Ryunosuke Kamiki chosen to play the leading role in this film, “Godzilla – 1.0” -?

To explain why, we must go back to the previous film, “Shin Godzilla,” which was made seven years ago.

Written and directed by Hideaki Anno, “Shin Godzilla” was the biggest hit in the history of the Godzilla series, grossing 8.25 billion yen at the box office. With this film, everything that should have been done for a “Godzilla film” set in the present day has been done.

In order to create a new Godzilla movie, a completely new and unknown concept was needed. That is why we turned to director Takashi Yamazaki.

Director Yamazaki is a leading VFX (visual effects) specialist, and has produced a series of hit films such as “ALWAYS: Sunset on Third Street” series, “Eternal Zero” (’13), and “Archimedes’ War” (’19) that dynamically depict the post-war period in Japan. In particular, “Always: The Last Days of the War” (1967), “The Last War” (1972), and “The Last War” (1973).

In particular, Godzilla appears at the beginning of “Always: Sunset on Third Street. With the advancement of VFX technology and other factors since then, I felt that with today’s technology and environment, I could make “my ideal Godzilla movie”.

With this in mind, he decided to accept the offer to make a new “Godzilla. Yamazaki’s idea for his new Godzilla film, which was sent to Toho in 1919, was truly groundbreaking.

Set in the period immediately after the end of the war, when Japan was at its most vulnerable as a nation, the film is about a group of civilians, led by a former Kamikaze pilot, who stand up to Godzilla. The idea of setting the story in a time before the first “Godzilla” film, released in 1954, was highly praised within the company, and the new “Godzilla” project began to move toward realization” (production company director).

In previous “Godzilla” films, politicians, bureaucrats, Self-Defense Forces and scientists confronted Godzilla, but this time civilians, ordinary citizens, will confront Godzilla. This is a sentiment shared by the people of today, who have grown increasingly frustrated with a government that did not function well in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. The perfect person to play such a protagonist is Ryunosuke Kamiki, who is well suited to the world of the Showa period.

In the “Godzilla” films, it is difficult to fuse the monster story with the human drama. That is why we chose Shikishima as the main character, who was killed by his comrades and is bent on revenge against Godzilla.

Moreover, the hero, who thinks that he “should not be alive,” finds a new life as he comes into contact with the heroine Noriko (Minami Hamabe) and her daughter Akiko. Such a story was born. This development was reminiscent of the historical novels of Shuhei Fujisawa, which depicted the sorrows and joys of commoners and low-ranking samurai in the Edo period, and was deeply satisfying.

Kamiki, who wandered between life and death shortly after his birth, has long been a fan of the film.

Kamiki, who had been in a coma since his death, had always said, “I’m satisfied as long as I’m allowed to play something. That’s all I need.

He answered, “That’s all I need. In both good and bad ways, he is an “unselfish person.

Last year, he played the main character in the morning drama “Ranman” (NHK) and became one of the most popular actors in Japan. He has also won numerous awards for his role in this film, and is now one of the leading actors in the Japanese entertainment industry.

He is no longer a “selfless person.

  • Writer Ukon Shima (Broadcaster, Video Producer)

    He is involved in program production in a wide range of genres, including variety, news, and sports programs. He has also planned and published many books on female TV announcers, idols, and the TV industry. While working on documentary programs, he became interested in history and recently published "Ieyasu was dead in Sekigahara" (Takeshobo Shinsho). She has also published the e-book series "Ibun chakurezuregusa" (Different Stories about Craftsmen).

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