|Above, Yoshimitsu Banno addresses the 2004 G-TOUR members at the |
Roppongi T.G.I. Friday's restaurant in Tokyo. Photo by Armand Vaquer.
It has been reported by several people that Godzilla vs. Hedorah (a.k.a. Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster) director Yoshimitsu Banno has passed away.
I did a Google search, but it turned up no such news.
However, Matt Frank posted this on Mr. Banno's Facebook page:
Yoshimitsu Banno, director of GODZILLA VS. THE SMOG MONSTER, and one of the men responsible for bringing Godzilla to Legendary Pictures for the 2014 revival, has just passed away. He lead an eclectic and unique life, with a strange eye for cinema and a documentarian style that made Smog Monster one of the more unique kaiju films ever made. Rest in Peace, Yoshimitsu Banno.
I first met Mr. Banno in August 2001 at the Roppongi, Tokyo T.G.I. Friday's restaurant during G-TOUR. He gave a lengthy talk about his plans to produce a new Godzilla movie in 3D. He appeared as a special guest of G-FEST the following year.
R.I.P., Mr. Banno.