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  • Biography on Haruo Nakajima (Part 1)

    • Stephen O'Brien
    • 2017-08-28

    This originally a biography but it not upload so I am putting it here. Haruo Nakajima was the man who made Godzilla an iconic character. Mr. Nakajima was born on January 1, 1929, in a small town in Yamagata, Japan. From the time he was a young boy he was very athletic by diving for seaweed for a after school job. During World War II he was trained to be a pilot but never saw any action. After the war he became a stuntman in the rising Japanese film industry, usually cast in samurai movies, including a part in the 1954 classic Seven Samurai. Meanwhile Toho studios had planned to make a film in Indonesia but that project was cancelled by the Indonesian government. Toho was desperate for a hit but was not sure how to proceed. One day �producer Tomoyuki Tanaka was looking out the window of his plane and saw the dark, menacing ocean below and wondered what might lurk down there. All at once he had an image of a giant, terrifying monster. In America, the classic movie King Kong, originally screened in 1933 was re-released in 1952 and a new monster movie, The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953), featuring stop-motion action caused a sensation. Back in Japan the special effects director Eiji Tsuburaya who saw King Kong as a boy wanted to bring the Toho monster to life through stop-motion. The problem was that stop-motion animation was an expensive, complex and time consuming process and there were no technicians in Japan skilled enough to work on it. Furthermore Tsuburaya estimated that it �would take seven years to complete, Tanaka objected to this plan so it was decided to use a man in a suit, but this new concept presented its own problems; he needed someone strong enough to play the part .

  • The Man who made Godzilla

    • Stephen O'Brien
    • 2017-08-25

    He brought many Toho Monsters to life and is the man who made Godzilla.

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