When Guillermo Met Gundam

While promoting Pacific Rim overseas, Guillermo Del Toro toured Odiaba Japan joined by the film’s co-stars Rinko Kikuchi and Ashida Mana. Most of the above video is fun touristy stuff, but at the 3:19 mark something magical happens. Del Toro encounters Odiaba’s legendary Gundam statue and is instantly overcome by childlike wonder. There is just something so heartwarming about watching the director see one of his inspirations up close. (His exclamation of “whoa” when the giant statue moves its head is especially touching). Given the sheer magic that Del Toro has given to audiences over the years, it’s tremendous to see him experiencing some karmic retribution first hand, wouldn’t you agree?