Kato Keisuke, Tonooka Erika to star in “Godzilla” play

Management agency Box Corporation is currently in its 30th year, and it is planning and producing its first stage play as a special project before the year is up. The company will put on a production of playwright Ohashi Yasuhiko’s award-winning 1988 play, “Godzilla.” Actor Kato Keisuke (22) and Idoling!!! member Tonooka Erika (20) have been chosen as co-stars.

Kato will play the iconic monster Godzilla, while Tonooka will play a young girl who falls in love with him. It appears that Kato will not be wearing a Godzilla costume for the part.

The supporting casts (some roles have been double-cast) include Ueno Natsuhi, Ito Yuna (not to be confused with the singer), Nagano Serina, Ito Kana, Kuriki Ai, Tozuka Junki, Nanba Shohei, Sakaguchi Ryo, and Deleanu Satoshi.

“Onnanoko Monogatari” director Morioka Toshiyuki will be in charge of directing. Performances will be held at Shinjuku’s Theater Moliere from September 30 to October 2.

Gojira ready to chase Japan’s whalers

ANTI-WHALING campaigners begin their Antarctic season today with a dilemma – the whalers are said to be still in Japan.

Sea Shepherd has overhauled its two existing ships and bought its first Australian-flagged vessel, the $1 million Gojira, to launch this summer’s campaign from Hobart.

The 90 activists will leave tonight to train off Tasmania before heading south, leader Paul Watson said.

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Sea Shepherd’s Gojira. Photo: Eye in the Sky

However, Sea Shepherd members in Japan this week photographed the factory whaling ship Nisshin Maru docked at its home port of Innoshima and Greenpeace said there was no sign of it leaving.

The fleet usually departs by mid-November, but even if the main ship of the fleet left later this week it would probably not begin processing whales until January, Captain Watson said.

The Institute of Cetacean Research still plans to take up to 935 minkes and 50 fin whales, institute spokesman Glenn Inwood said.

Gojira (Japanese for ”Godzilla”) presents a potentially ticklish diplomatic problem for the Gillard government as the first Sea Shepherd vessel to be Australian flagged.

Tokyo persuaded other countries to strip Sea Shepherd of ship registrations because of its actions against the whalers. The Netherlands held out and still flags the Steve Irwin and Bob Barker.

Formerly the round-the-world-record-holding Ocean Adventurer, Gojira is twice the size of the sunken Ady Gil and faster than any of the whaling ships. It is expected to scout for the fleet ahead of the other two ships.

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Godzilla lands another movie deal

Godzilla, the giant fire-breathing monster who wreaked havoc on New York in Roland Emmerich’s special effects-laden 1998 film, is to return to the big screen next year, reports Variety. The new version will be based more closely on the original Japanese depiction of the gargantuan lizard, who has appeared in more than 20 films since debuting in 1954.

“Godzilla is one of the world’s most powerful pop culture icons, and we are thrilled to be able to create a modern epic based on this long-loved Toho franchise,” said Thomas Tull of Legendary Pictures, which is co-producing the project with Warner Bros. “Our plans are to produce the Godzilla that we, as fans, would want to see. We intend to do justice to those essential elements that have allowed this character to remain as pop-culturally relevant for as long as it has.”

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