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Archive: G-FEST XXV Special Guests

The following special guests appeared at G-FEST XXV:

Megumi Odaka

Guest of Honor: Megumi Odaka

Actress Megumi Odaka is best known for her recurring role as the psychic girl Miki Saegusa in the Heisei Godzilla series. She made her kaiju film debut in Godzilla vs. Biollante, and returned for the next five films, finishing with Godzilla vs. Destroyah in 1995. Ms. Odaka has since retired from film-making, but has made some appearances on stage, including Peter Pan, and Fiddler on the Roof. She was welcomed back for G-FEST’s 25th anniversary, having previously attended G-FEST in 2000.

Keizo Murase

Guest of Honor: Keizo Murase

Keizo Murase is a master prop and monster suit builder from Toho’s golden age of daikaju films. He helped create many of their iconic monster suits including Varan, Mothra, King Ghidorah, Baragon, Titanosaurus, and many others, as well as Daiei’s Gamera and Daimajin. Today, Mr. Murase is the president of Twenty Ltd. and is one of the leaders in the field of Japanese kaiju model making. Along with Daisuke Sato, he reported on their new kaiju film Howl From Beyond the Fog.

Kenpachiro Satsuma

Guest of Honor: Kenpachiro Satsuma

Kenpachiro Satsuma is best known for playing Godzilla in the Heisei Godzilla series from 1984–1995. He got his start in suit acting portraying Hedorah against Haruo Nakajima’s Godzilla in 1972’s Godzilla vs. Hedorah. Mr. Satsuma also played Gigan in the next two Godzilla films, before taking over as Godzilla himself in 1984’s The Return of Godzilla. The iconic suit actor made his triumphant return to G-FEST XXV, after previously appearing at the 1996 and 2000 conventions.

Don Frye

Special Guest: Don Frye

Don Frye is a professional mixed martial arts fighter, actor, and professional wrestler, who rose to fame fighting in early Ultimate Fighting Championship events. He began acting in movies with Godzilla: Final Wars, playing the role of Captain Douglas Gordon. Don has made several other film appearances including No Rules, Nagurimono, Just Another Romantic Wrestling Comedy, Miami Vice and has even done voice over work for The Ant Bully.

Robert Scott Field

Special Guest: Robert Scott Field

A casual G-fan in his youth, Scott realized every Godzilla-lover’s dream when he landed a major role in 1991’s Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, as the futuristic Android M-11. He has graced G-FEST with his friendly and amazingly energetic presence every year since 1999. Scott has become an integral part of the convention, serving as emcee, translator, presenter, celebrity, and ambassador for kaiju fandom.

Gene Rizzardi

Special Guest: Gene Rizzardi

Gene is an award winning model maker and model supervisor whose credits include TriStar’s Godzilla, Titanic, Star Trek, and many others. In 1999, he created the first Mangled Skyscraper Award for presentation to Forry Ackerman at the Los Angeles convention. Gene has hand-crafted every MSA since. For the 25th anniversary of G-FEST, it was only fitting that Gene was on hand to give out three MSAs, as well as participate in model-making instruction.

J.D. Lees

Special Guest: J.D. Lees

The driving force behind G-FAN Magazine, G-FEST, and G-TOUR, J.D. Lees was present at G-FEST XXV all weekend.