The Great Actress Reiko Inui (2019)

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The Great Actress Reiko Inui
The title card of The Great Actress Reiko Inui
Directed by Kazuhiro Nakagawa
Producer(s) Tetsuya Oya, Yoshiki Soejima
Written by Kazuhiro Nakagawa
Music by Yuji Iwamoto
Production company Picture Element
Distributor Kazuhiro Nakagawa
Running time 11 minutes

The Great Actress Reiko Inui (大女優 乾麗子,   Ōjoyū Inui Reiko) is a 2019 Japanese comedy short film written and directed by Kazuhiro Nakagawa. It was first uploaded to YouTube on September 24, 2019,[1] though the video was later privated and a new upload appeared on January 13, 2021. Its festival debut was held remotely through the Sapporo International Short Film Festival between October 10 and 31, 2020[2] and it was later shown in the United States at G-Fest XXVII on July 17, 2022.[3] The film follows a timid new director as he attempts to win over a famous actress cast in his debut feature, a kaiju film.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Renowned, ageless performer Reiko Inui walks onto the set of Gorgaga, the Giant Monster with a full entourage, including an assistant to disinfect the air in front of her. Today's scene calls for her to scream in terror as she is gripped by the King Kong-like Gorgaga, but she is dismayed by rookie director Yuichi Igawa's antiseptic set. Rather than a full-scale hand prop, she is meant to act opposite two actors in green screen suits wrapping her in a single green finger, with the monster's head waved around on a metal pole off-camera to show her where to look. After a disastrous first take, she threatens to walk off the set. Second assistant director Suguru Nemoto intervenes by fulfilling her every demand for references on his tablet: rushes from the tokusatsu unit, Gorgaga's roar, reaction shots from her costars, storyboards, and even the scene in which the Japanese government announces Gorgaga's name. Thus inspired, she returns to the set and gives a masterful performance, so convincing that she and Igawa imagine Gorgaga standing in front of them. After he calls cut, she shakes his hand and departs with her entourage.

Staff[edit | edit source]

Main article: The Great Actress Reiko Inui/Credits.

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

  • Directed by   Kazuhiro Nakagawa
  • Written by   Kazuhiro Nakagawa
  • Produced by   Tetsuya Oya, Yoshiki Soejima
  • Music by   Yuji Iwamoto
  • Cinematography by   Heita Tanaka
  • Edited by   Kazuhiro Nakagawa
  • 1st assistant director   Shinya Namikawa
  • Visual effects by   Koichi Hirata, Naotaro Takahashi, Shuntaro Ono, Anni Ushio

Cast[edit | edit source]

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

  • Eima Tanaka   as   Yuichi Igawa, new director
  • Kazuki Takeuchi   as   Suguru Nemoto, Igawa's 2nd AD
  • Kanako Yamamoto   as   Reiko Inui, famous actress
  • Akihisa Muramoto, Shoko Hotta   as   Inui's entourage
  • Hitoshi Miyazawa   as   actor playing onlooker / Gorgaga
  • Kohei Ando   as   actor playing old professor
  • Kaidaio   as   cameraman
  • Zenken Miyazato   as   director of photography
  • Yu Yasuda   as   boom operator
  • Yudai Mitomi   as   best boy
  • Kazuhiro Nanba, Koichiro Takashima, Sae Sugawara   as   stuntmen
  • Etsuko Egawa   as   Inui's makeup artist
  • Takahiro Nakayama   as   assistant makeup artist
  • Makoto Sogo   as   veteran stylist
  • Riri Sunago   as   assistant stylist
  • Kayo Miyashita   as   script girl

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Monsters[edit | edit source]

  • Gorgaga

Videos[edit | edit source]

The full short

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