Sources: Deep Sea Monster Raiga Website / Forest Plus
Many Japanese monster movie fans that have been following my reports on on Shinpei Hayashiya's latest film, "Deep Sea Monster Raiga", know that the film made it's world premiere this past Saturday at the “Tokusatsu Kaiju Tengoku” (SFX Monster Heaven) film festival. The premiere was the main event of the all-night festival that also featured a screening of Hayashiya's "Deep Sea Monster Reigo", Masaaki Tezuka‘s, "Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S.", and Keita Amemiya‘s film "Zeiram.
According to Hayashiya's blog, the film was well received and the people who were in attendance laughed at the right parts.
After the screening, there was a Q&A session with the directors of the four featured films. Again, this was reportedly a very light-hearted event, with all three film makers taking jovial punches at their own films and their counterparts films as well.
Overall the director left the event feeling that everyone had a great time.
In conjunction with the film's upcoming release, director Hayashiya was just interviewed by the Japanese website, Forest Plus. The interview is hard to follow when translated into English, but highlights include a story about how the filming of some of "Raigs's" pyrotechnic effects brought out the local fire department, and how Hayashiya believed Japanese monster films had become 'mundane' and that he hoped his films would inject the genre with new life.
Here are the photos from this weekend's events: