The Gorry mask and its hairy gloves used in the show were made by Ryosaku Takayama with a great finishing touch through his highly reputed technique of attaching hair or fur to costumes.
Takayama is also known to have made the mask of Dr Gori and the costume of Ra in the tokusatsu show “Spectremen” afterwards.
While the acting by Keiichi Taki as Gorry was prominent, not much is known about the actor unfortunately although he seems to have appeared in quite a few dramas and films at the time.
Even though I wrote in my last article that this episode should have been influenced by the film “Planet of the Apes,” the presence of Dr Gori and Ra must be another example showing how much popularity the film won in Japan back then.
Incidentally, Ultra Q’s Goro was another ape kaiju, needless to say, more in line with King Kong.
That being said, it is also likely that the tie-up with the Japan Monkey Center could have this episode featuring an ape alien conceived.
The boat trip Anne bothered to take in order to contact the TDF base for help seemed so abrupt since it was also part of the tie-up with the Meitetsu Group so that they could have their highlighting sights shown to the audience.
You might be able to find out this kind of dynamics behind the scenes in some Japanese tokusatsu shows of the time if the plot development should be somewhat abrupt and unnatural. 🙂
According to the memoirs authored by Yuriko Hishimi (Anne), the filming in the boat was so tough because she had a fever as high as 40°C (104°F) while she says she was just dead exhausted in the boat even though she returned to normal overnight through deep sleep after taking antibiotics.
She says in her latest memoir that she had an impressive reunion with the Golden Lion Tamarin in recent years that actually appeared in the show as it still exists as a taxidermy animal in the Monkey Center after its death.
Hishimi also remembers Junji Masuda who played Dr Mayama as a gentle person who was very kind for her every time they met in the filming of other shows.
She adds that, when Masuda offered to take her to the Museum Meijimura with historical collection from the Japan’s Meiji Period (1868-1912) on their way back home, she refused his offer because she had just recovered from the illness and had no interest in history.
As great emphasis is traditionally put on obedience to the older in Japan, Hishimi says to the effect that her refusal as a newbie actress could have been offensive to the actor who had a much longer career but he remained nice to her even after that.
Lastly, Akemi Nishi who played Tamiko, Dr Mayama’s assistant, also acted Mrs Mizushima in Ultraseven Episode 7.
She seems to have been an actress originating from the defunct film company Shin-Toho who appeared in a lot of films and TV shows at the time although chances are what happened to her since her appearance in a TV drama in the 1980s is unknown. The Shin-Toho was the company set up through labor disputes that arose at Toho.