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Ban Daisuke to attend the Big Wow ComicFest in San Jose, May 17 and 18
Ban Daisuke will be attending the Big Wow ComicFest in San Jose, May 17 and 18. Ban will be featured with other tokusatsu greats from Japan; Kenpachiro Satsuma suit actor in the Godzilla series, and Satoshi Furuya the original suit actor for Ultraman.
Ban Daisuke is known in Hawaii and the U.S. for his memorable role as Jiro, in “Jinzo Ningen Kikaida,” shown in Japan in 1972, and 1974 in Hawaii. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Kikaida’s TV broadcast in Hawaii. The broadcast on the original KIKU TV garnered a 25% share of the audience during prime time on Saturdays, according to Nielsen. Other tokusatsu roles, all Toei productions followed, and included “Kikaida 01,” “Inazuman,” “Ninja Captor,” and “Battle Fever J.”
In addition to his Hawaii appearances, Ban has participated in Comic Con in San Diego, Wonder Con in San Francisco, and Nisei Week in Los Angeles. His latest movie role will be guesting in the brand new “Kikaida Reboot” movie, a joint production of Toei and Kadokawa Films, is scheduled for release this May.
Generation Kikaida’s friend and contributor, August Ragone will also attend, and conduct a panel discussion with the tokusatsu actors from Japan. Ragone is known as the Bay Area Kaiju expert, widely known for his publication, “Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters.”
Ban looks forward to meeting new fans and attendees of Big Wow ComicFest in May!
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