Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro,

Hellboy, Pacific Rim, Pan's Labyrinth

"Japan has been, and will always be, a great influence in Western art. Its impact on European painters in the 19th century was key to revitalizing Symbolism and Pre-Raphaelite art. In the same manner, anime and manga have permeated all of Western culture; their aesthetics, language and coding, their unforgettable and powerful stories have held great power for my generation of storytellers. You can see the enormous love I have for all things Japanese in everything I do, be it Hellboy, Pacific Rim or Pan's Labytrinth, I remain keenly aware of Japanese filmmakers, Yokai legends, the engravings of Utamaro or Hokushai, the Kwaidan of Lafcadio Hearn or the anime of great masters, Miyazaki, Otomo, Go Nagai, OSamu Tezuka, Satoshi Kon and many others, the brilliant game design of Hideo Kojima, the Kaiju of Tsuburaya and the manga of Naoki Urasawa (one of which I am proud to be adapting into a TV series). Japan has held a lure for me that remains unparalleled in my imagination. It is exciting and thrilling to see that we will witness as Japanese audiences vote for their favorite stories and storytellers, many of which, I am sure, we are not aware of in the West. The Sugoi Japan project will reveal amazing Japanese properties that will enrich the exchange of ideas, characters and stories that has connected both hemispheres of the globe for centuries now. I, for one, couldn't be more eager to discover them and be stimulated by their great creativity and originality."