Q: THERE’S GOING TO BE 10 OTHER MONSTERS APPEARING IN THIS MOVIE. COULD YOU TELL US HOW THOSE PARTICULAR MONSTERS WERE SELECTED?

SPFX DIRECTOR ASADA:

In the planning stages, we wanted to use the "best of the best" kaiju. Upon request from director Kitamura however, some monsters were replaced with others, and in the end, these 10 were picked. I was asked for advice by Kitamura, but deciding which monsters to use was difficult. I told him that if we use more than 10 monsters, it would be nearly impossible, so let’s keep it at this amount. I feel really familiar with Gigan and Angilas because they’ve been in the Godzilla series since I started working for Godzilla movies as an assistant director. There were other kaiju too that I really wanted to appear in the movie, but if we used more than our current number, we would be releasing the movie next summer(laughs).

PRODUCER TOMIYAMA:

We took into account that each generation of people likes different monsters. The three of us all like different monsters. Director Kitamura said he likes King Seesar. So, we have selected 10 kaiju based on the following two standards: 1. We wanted to entertain as many people as possible with the limited amount of kaiju; and 2. No two monsters could have the same characteristics.

Q: PLEASE TELL US YOUR FAVORITE MONSTER...

SPFX DIRECTOR ASADA:

Of course it’s Godzilla. But Godzilla’s in a class by himself, so I would have to say Gigan, Angilas and King Seesar. Also, I feel nostalgia towards the monsters that appeared in the movies I was working on when I was assistant director.

GODZILLA SUIT ACTOR TSUTOMU KITAGAWA:

There’s a kaiju I’m really impressed by who appears in the movie, but I still can’t say who it is. All I can say is just wait ‘till the movie opens. (laughs)

PRODUCER TOMIYAMA:

The monsters were created by Wakasa but, Minya I heard is going to be the "must-see" monster of the cast. He’s not here for everyone to see, but I hope you look forward to seeing him in the movie along with the other kaiju who didn’t appear today.

Q: WHAT OTHER HIGHLIGHTS WILL THERE BE BESIDES THE QUICKNESS? ALSO, WHAT IS YOUR MENTALITY TOWARDS THIS MOVIE KNOWING THAT YOU’RE BEING LEFT THE LAST GODZILLA MOVIE TO MAKE?

SPFX DIRECTOR ASADA:

As I said before, Final Wars theme is to have extreme battles that push the envelope. It’s not going to just be extreme, but a compilation of all the previous movies into this one. Therefore, I hope you can enjoy seeing many aspects of Godzilla in this movie alone. Of course the battles are going to be radical, but I think small children, young people and the people who grew up with Godzilla (they’ll think like "oh…I’ve never seen this type of Godzilla before…) can all enjoy this movie. Like I said the most important aspect is that Kitamura will feature a Godzilla that contains such characteristics from other Godzillas in a battle that will break new ground. Also I just want to say that it is an honor and privilege to be given the responsibility for the last Godzilla movie. Perhaps, after the movie opens on December 4th, and after a lot of people see it, it might sink in. But for now, we have no choice but to put every fiber of our being into this movie.

Q: THIS BEING THE LAST MOVIE IN THE SERIES, WERE THERE ANY EMOTIONAL MOMENTS DURING FILMING? IN WHAT WAY WILL YOU PLAY GODZILLA IN THE MOVIE?

TSUTOMU KITAGAWA:

There are emotional moments during the filming. Regarding the performance, I am thinking about trying to distinguish Nakajima’s Godzilla’s movements, Satsuma’s Godzilla’s soul and my Godzilla; after all, mine will be completing the series. Thanks to the suit being so light, it makes acting incredibly easy. So now I’m currently studying how to make facial expressions while looking at preview prints of the film.

Q: LAST YEAR’S MOVIE [GODZILLA-VS-MOTHRA-VS-MECHAGODZILLA: TOKYO SOS] WAS FILMED PRETTY CONVENTIONALLY COMPARATIVELY SPEAKING. WHAT’S THE TONE OF

THE SPFX THIS TIME?

SPFX DIRECTOR ASADA:

That depends on the scene. There are some good conventional fight scenes happening, and there are also times where we want to show them intertwined with some drama set to a good pace. Therefore, I’m making it a rule to film each scene by itself. Last year’s Godzilla was a Godzilla who was able to withstand all obstacles and take a lot of punishment, while this year during filming, we are making sure to keep Godzilla aggressive.

Q: HOW DO YOU EXCHANGE IDEAS/VIEWPOINTS WITH DIRECTOR KITAMURA?

SPFX DIRECTOR ASADA:

We had a meeting during the stages when we created the script and storyboard. On the basis of the meeting we can exchange ideas. When filming a SPFX movie there are certainly difficulties in matching scenes together, but I think the kaiju battles will be just as ground-breaking as the action from the main story.

Q: DID DIRECTOR KITAMURA [of VERSUS fame] HAVE ANY REQUESTS?

SPFX DIRECTOR ASADA:

There are restrictions when filming a SPFX movie. There are a lot of set camera angles when filming but he said "depending on the scene, I want the camera itself to move more actively".

Q: ARE THERE ANY KAIJU WHO APPEAR THAT ARE COMPLETELY CG?

SPFX DIRECTOR ASADA:

I can’t say anything (laughs). Basically, I like the suitmation techniques used in making Japanese monster movies. That’s why I’m doing this job. When filming with the suit, we have a way of adding everything to the shot. That doesn’t mean of course that I hate CG. CG can be used successfully where suitmation has its limitations. We used it last year and used it a lot this year too.

Q: IF THERE ARE ANY MESSAGES IN THE MOVIE, COULD YOU TELL US WHAT THEY ARE?

PRODUCER TOMIYAMA:

This is a recreational movie, so we’re promoting monster battles. The monsters fight the whole time even until the end when the cities are destroyed. Also, the conflict between the X-seijin and the humans unfolds. Because this conflict, violence erupts, but it is nothing compared to the violence that Godzilla causes. This is what I think is the best part of the Godzilla. Therefore, I want to show the limitations of mankind. I think we are continuing that message from the first movie.

Cinemark Movie Club
Brian B.