GOJIRA! (or Godzilla)1954
Based on the masterpiece movie, Gojira (1954), Masanari created a solo puppet show — funny, poignant, yet faithful to the message of the movie: horror of nuclear warfare and hope to eliminate all the nuclear weapons from the earth. This table top show, utilizing a hand cranked subtitle device (since it was all in Japanese), highly physical performance, is a very entertaining show for young and old. Originally, it was created through Michael Sommers’ puppet workshops through In the Heart of the Beast Theatre, and first performed at Sky Is Blue Cabaret (organized by Masanari ). GOJIRA! was also performed at Patrick’s cabaret and at Center for Independent Artist between 2004 to 2006.
Masanari has been thinking reworking the show with a director and perform it sometime this year.