Rest in Peace, Haruo Nakajima

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Re: Rest in Peace, Haruo Nakajima

Postby Star Falcon » Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:01 am

Shhh! The Octopus wrote:The only time I genuinely felt sad when a celebrity passed away was when Ray Harryhausen died. And now Nakajima. Harryhausen movies and Showa Godzilla movies were my childhood growing up in the early 1980s.
Things like this really hit you when you reach my age. Seeing your beloved childhood heroes pass away.


Indeed - i grew up on HarryHausen and Showa/Heisei Kaiju films too, in many ways they have got me where i am today. Very sad news. We had a Kaiju themed fancy dress party on the weekend just gone which feels like an apt tribute, and i am going to see Shin Godzilla in the cinemas on Thursday.

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Re: Rest in Peace, Haruo Nakajima

Postby Stevo_1985 » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:30 am

My early childhood was riddled with bullies, broken and stolen toys, divorce, and drug addiction (not me). To say my childhood was great would make me a liar but my parents did their best in a bad area. Godzilla was always there for me though and was a major part of my life and this man brought him to life. Fast forward 25 years later and I still find comfort in these films when I'm down and out. R.I.P. my friend.
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Re: Rest in Peace, Haruo Nakajima

Postby Mkyuncle » Tue Aug 08, 2017 9:38 am

The man, the legend, Godzilla. I'm sorry I never got to meet him. Mr. Nakajima RIP

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Re: Rest in Peace, Haruo Nakajima

Postby ArchdukeSquidlyIII » Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:09 am

Slightly off-topic question, but did Nakajima really play Maguma in Gorath? It's not listed on his wikipedia page, and Wikizilla instead credits the role to Katsumi Tezuka.
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Re: Rest in Peace, Haruo Nakajima

Postby GodzillaFan1990's » Tue Aug 08, 2017 10:52 am

Another thing I got to say about Haruo. Just like how Australia lost a son with Steve Irwin over a decade ago, Japan lost a son with Haruo Nakajima. :(

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Postby MechaGoji Bro7503 » Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:15 am

No CGI Godzilla will ever live up to Nakajima's Godzilla.
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Re: Rest in Peace, Haruo Nakajima

Postby edgaguirus » Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:17 pm

Nakajima is a man who excited and thrilled a generation. He may be gone, but he will always be remembered.

To the first Godzilla, farewell.
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Re: Rest in Peace, Haruo Nakajima

Postby TheSecondComing » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:58 pm

Gareth Edwards, who has only tweeted 10 times, has this to say. The feels are strong.

https://twitter.com/ShootTheMonster/sta ... 7867915265
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Re: Rest in Peace, Haruo Nakajima

Postby Missingno. » Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:58 pm

Well, that is the true passing of an era.. I saw that Nakajima died, and was suddenly hit with a subtle feeling of emptiness. Godzilla, King of the Monsters was among the first I watched; as well as Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster and Godzilla vs. Hedorah. All of those left an impression on me as a child, and got me into the series. A VHS tape set as well as the Classic Media five-disc set of these movies allowed me to watch these movies again and again, and just enjoy the monster action. You don't really think about how much was put into those battles at that age. How much of a grueling experience the men in those suits had to go through just to deliver us a film series that gets more mockery than appreciation (at least, in my experience). All of that stemmed from the original 1954 film, in which Nakajima quite literally went through hell to give life to the monster that would put a mark in cultural history, as well as have arguably very large impact on the way SFX for films was done from there on, at least in the 30 years following.

This man gave me a huge portion of my childhood. Playing as Godzilla in 12 films and Rodan in its debut film, and produced films that gave a great and satisfying viewing experience for my smaller self every time I watched them. They inspired me to get more films related to the series, figures, games; anything you can name, really. The films also gained a following which resulted in sites like this (in a general aspect, not specifically leading to places that argue over which toy has the best paint job), where people can express their feelings with the films and their related media. We all wouldn't know each other if it weren't for Nakajima's actions in 1954.

For his contributions to my childhood, I must thank him. Now I, as well as the rest of us--must also say farewell, for he has left the world of the living. I felt he could have gone on for a little longer, perhaps long enough to where I could have had an opportunity to meet him myself (though realistically speaking, I doubt I would have wound up going to a G-Fest in the near future anyway) but fate decided on that yesterday.

So thank you, Haruo Nakajima for having a indirect hand in giving me a lively childhood. You will be sorely missed, and you may be gone; but you will never be forgotten.
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Re: Rest in Peace, Haruo Nakajima

Postby TheSecondComing » Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:10 pm

Reflecting more on his passing, there's almost a form of poetry in dying one day past the 72nd anniversary of Hiroshima. An event so massive, so violent, so needlessly destructive, yet eventually a postive, even essential piece of Nakajima's career.

NPR:
http://www.npr.org/2017/08/08/542198902 ... actor-dies

BBC:
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40860365
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Re: Rest in Peace, Haruo Nakajima

Postby Hokmuto » Tue Aug 08, 2017 7:47 pm

Little late, but I did know about this news on the day he passed away. Anyhow, this is incredibly sad. He shall be cherished forever. I'll change my profile picture for his honor.
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Re: Rest in Peace, Haruo Nakajima

Postby Shhh! The Octopus » Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:50 am

ArchdukeSquidlyIII wrote:Slightly off-topic question, but did Nakajima really play Maguma in Gorath? It's not listed on his wikipedia page, and Wikizilla instead credits the role to Katsumi Tezuka.


I don't think he did. He stated at a convention a few years ago that he had "Nothing to do with that film". Also I have this picture book of his (which goes into detail about ever character he played) and Magma is not there.

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Re: Rest in Peace, Haruo Nakajima

Postby GigaBowserG » Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:03 am

Tim Bean on Facebook is collecting photos for Nakajima's funeral ceremony next week. If you took a photo with Nakajima and are interested in having it shared there, you can find out more details here: https://www.facebook.com/tim.bean.10/po ... 0782156422
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Re: Rest in Peace, Haruo Nakajima

Postby Leviarex » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:40 am

Not surprisingly, Dougherty jumped on the tribute bandwagon two days ago. He apparently had the privilege getting his autograph at one point:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Mike_Dougher ... 2346729473

It'll be shocking if there isn't a tribute in 'Godzilla: King Of The Monsters'.
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Re: Rest in Peace, Haruo Nakajima

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Re: Rest in Peace, Haruo Nakajima

Postby ArchdukeSquidlyIII » Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:31 am

Shhh! The Octopus wrote:
ArchdukeSquidlyIII wrote:Slightly off-topic question, but did Nakajima really play Maguma in Gorath? It's not listed on his wikipedia page, and Wikizilla instead credits the role to Katsumi Tezuka.


I don't think he did. He stated at a convention a few years ago that he had "Nothing to do with that film". Also I have this picture book of his (which goes into detail about ever character he played) and Magma is not there.


That's what I thought. Someone better tell Matt Frank then! ;)

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Re: Rest in Peace, Haruo Nakajima

Postby Gojira18 » Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:49 am

RIP Nakajima

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Re: Rest in Peace, Haruo Nakajima

Postby TheSecondComing » Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:36 pm

The great Hideo Kojima retweeted both Variety's obituary and El Rey Network's tribute to Nakajima.
https://twitter.com/HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN
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Re: Rest in Peace, Haruo Nakajima

Postby GodzillaBurgh » Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:32 pm

For the first time, Godzilla REALLY died. We'll never forget you, Nakajima-san. You have always been my favorite monster actor next to Boris Karloff. You will and always will be Godzilla to all of us and the rest of the world. Thank you and rest in peace, our one true King of the Monsters. :godzilla: :g64: :baragon: :cry:
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