The actor talks about the demanding stunts that went into the latest series in the Garo franchise.
Since the beginning of the Garo franchise back in 2005, the show has made its mark on the tokusatsu genre for being known for a good number of their actors electing to do their own stunt work. In the most recent installment, the standalone series Garo: Versus Road, almost all the action in the show relies on the work between actual actors as opposed to the CG enhanced fantastical fights of the previous seasons. Actor Reiji Takahashi who plays the role of murderer Ren Hyuga on the show is just one example of the talent needed to pull of a series such as this one.
Takahashi is a member of TOK¥O TRICKING MOB, a group known for their expertise in tricking, an extreme sport that is a mix of martial arts and dynamic acrobatic movements. The display of his abilities is seen in several episodes of the show where Ren has to take on multiple opponents. Talking about working on the show, Takahashi has said that the allure of the show is how the stunts are clearly being done without the use of wires.
“If there’s one thing I can tell you about (Ren), it’s that his amazing and cool combat ability is so on another level and so cool, it makes me smile. He’s different that a lot of characters that came before him.”
You can see an example of Reiji doing what he does best in the video below. The 12th episode of Garo: Versus Road is out now.
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