Guillermo del Toro, director of kaiju-inspired movie Pacific Rim, visited Odaiba together with two of his cast, Rinko Kikuchi and Mana Ashida. The latter played the younger Mako Mori, a character played by Kikuchi in the movie. Their trip also revealed inspirations del Toro had for Pacific Rim, which opened in theatres in Japan last Friday.
The visit to the man-made island in the capital brought the Mexican director to DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, where he saw about 1,000 Gundam models. While checking the models, del Toro said that some of the jaegers in his Pacific Rim movie were inspired by Gundam robots. He cited Cherno Alpha inspired by Zack as an example. Besides the miniature models, Guillermo del Toro was also able to meet in person a life-size Gundam. The 18-metre statue is a main attraction at the DiverCity.
Pacific Rim, albeit being inspired by the giant monsters which the Japanese call kaiju, was released in Japan a month late compared to other countries. The film grossed $295 million in its international release. Del Toro also shared a possible sequel to the film, where fans can expect a merging of kaiju and jaeger. Nothing was confirmed if Rinko Kikuchi will reprise her role should a sequel gets its green light. Besides getting involved with kaiju, del Toro will also adapt Naoki Urasawa’s hit manga MONSTER, which will be adapted by HBO into a TV series.
[via Anime News Network]