"There is so much writing in English on Japanese cinema that can't be accepted at face value — not because the writers are careless, but because the differences in culture and language are just too intricate. When I see August Ragone's name on a piece of writing, it gives me permission to place my faith in it completely. Among Japanese fantasy film historians, he's the best working in English." —Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A Call To Observe A Moment Of Silence


Design: Generation Kikaida © Ishimori Productions/Toei Co., Ltd.

Shunsuke Ikeda's Memorial Service is today, June 16th at 11am (Japan Standard Time), at the family home in the Nakashima district of Kawasaki City, Kanagawa Prefecture. That's 7pm today, June 15th (Pacific Daylight Time). So, for all of Ikeda's fans around the world, let's all pay our respects to him by observing a moment of silence at this time. Please spread the word, and thanks for the all of love and support for the late Shunsuke Ikeda.

At Ikeda's wake last night (JST), at the Noribito Peace Center in Kawasaki City, his signature helmet and belt from KIKAIDA 01 were placed near his memorial photograph, which was adorned with red and blue flowers. Over 150 family, friends and fellow actors attended, including his KIKAIDA co-star, Daisuke Ban, and Tohru Furuya, the original Ultraman suit actor. Ban's eulogy opened with, "Isn't it too early for you to leave us?", but was so overcome by tears it was difficult for him to continue.

During the press conference that followed the service, Ban said, regretfully, "I wish he was around longer to spread the word about how wonderful Japanese tokusatsu is."

So, tonight, please be sure to take a moment of out of your evening to say a prayer for Mr. Ikeda and his family. Thank you.

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