The Faceless Star (2019)

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The Faceless Star
The title card for The Faceless Star
Directed by Nobuaki Hongo
Music by Akira Ifukube (stock)
Distributor TohoJP
Running time 1 minute
Keep Fighting (闘いを、止めるな)

— Commercial slogan

The Faceless Star (顔の映らない主役,   Kao no Utsuranai Shuyaku) is a 2019 short film which served as a promotion for Suntory BOSS Coffee. Depicting Haruo Nakajima's role as Godzilla in the original film, it was released in commemoration of the Japanese theatrical release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters.


Godzilla: King of the Monsters Release Commemoration

Godzilla was born in 1954. The man in the Godzilla bodysuit had to fight on many levels.

Haruo Nakajima, "The Faceless Star."

Fighting, against weight of 100 kg (220 lb).
Fighting, against heat of over 60°C (140°F).
Fighting, against the conflict that his face wouldn't be shown.
Fighting, against imagination to play a monster he'd never seen.
Fighting, against himself.

Effort isn't always rewarded. However, praise is earned only by those who keep it up.

Keep Fighting


Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.




As noted in its "special announcement" trailer posted to the Godzilla Channel YouTube channel, the commercial took 114 camera takes, 105 staff members, 90 model buildings, and 38 hours worth of shooting.[1] The Godzilla costume was a replica ShodaiGoji suit modeled by artist Yuji Sakai, which also featured in Dream Challenge: Godzilla Appears in Sukagawa.


The full commercial
120-second behind-the-scenes video
Behind-the-scenes "special announcement"


This is a list of references for The Faceless Star. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Godzilla Channel (21 May 2019). BOSS|ゴジラ『特報』篇 1分 サントリーCM. YouTube.


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