Video: Guillermo del Toro talks Japanese pop culture influence on PACIFIC RIM

One-sheet poster for PACIFIC RIMAt the LA Times Hero Complex Film Festival 2013, this interview segment features director Guillermo del Toro revealing how his youth in Mexico was heavily influenced by Japanese pop culture. Inspired by these imported live action and animated shows, del Toro was already designing his own giant robots with some hilarious internal features that are pure Guillermo touches. The filmmaker also describes how even his wife and daughters enjoy their own unique ‘attractions’ to giant robots.

Prior to his interview with Gina McIntyre, Del Toro also gave an exclusive viewing of a new, action-heavy trailer for PACIFIC RIM, opening in theaters July 12, 2013 from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures. We couldn’t record it without incurring the wrath of WB lawyers, of course, but watch for it soon in theaters and online! Trust us, the new trailer is crammed with monster/robot city-crushing action and plenty of new shots and fights that will thrill your inner kaiju geek!

This interview with Guillermo del Toro was recorded May 11, 2013 at the LA Times Hero Complex Film Festival screenings of THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE and PAN’S LABYRINTH, held at the TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood, CA.


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