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Also Known As: Ishiro Honda, Ishiro Honda Died: February 28, 1993
Born: Cause of Death: difficulties resulting from respiratory problems
Birth Place: Japan Profession: director

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Best known for bringing in a steady income to Japan's Toho Studios in the 1950s and 60s with a series of enjoyably campy sci-fi films featuring oversized monsters which wreak mass destruction upon the urban landscape. Still the most popular of these is Honda's (and the genre's) first and one of the best, "Godzilla" (1954). Honda followed its international success with "Rodan" (1957), "The Mysterians" (1959, a rather more serious effort), "Mothra" (1962), "King Kong vs. Godzilla", "Matango--Fungus of Terror" (both 1963), and the all-star "Destroy All Monsters!" (1966).Honda's films are generally fast-paced, chock-full of action and directed with a poker-faced tone which suggests a self-aware sense of humor. The special effects, often by a regular and talented collaborator of Honda's, Eiji Tsuburaya, vary from the skillful to the obvious, sometimes with actors in rubber monster suits stomping on miniature city sets. A longtime friend of Akira Kurosawa, Honda has regularly played key collaborative roles with the master behind the scenes of his films of the 70s and 80s.

Best known for bringing in a steady income to Japan's Toho Studios in the 1950s and 60s with a series of enjoyably campy sci-fi films featuring oversized monsters which wreak mass destruction upon the urban landscape. Still the most popular of these is Honda's (and the genre's) first and one of the best, "Godzilla" (1954). Honda followed its international success with "Rodan" (1957), "The Mysterians" (1959, a rather more serious effort), "Mothra" (1962), "King Kong vs. Godzilla", "Matango--Fungus of Terror" (both 1963), and the all-star "Destroy All Monsters!" (1966).

Honda's films are generally fast-paced, chock-full of action and directed with a poker-faced tone which suggests a self-aware sense of humor. The special effects, often by a regular and talented collaborator of Honda's, Eiji Tsuburaya, vary from the skillful to the obvious, sometimes with actors in rubber monster suits stomping on miniature city sets. A longtime friend of Akira Kurosawa, Honda has regularly played key collaborative roles with the master behind the scenes of his films of the 70s and 80s.

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DIRECTOR:

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  The H-Man (1988) Director
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  Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) Director
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  Latitude Zero (1970) Director
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  Monster Zero (1970) Director
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  Godzilla's Revenge (1969) Director
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  Destroy All Monsters (1969) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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1933:
Landed a job with the production department of P.C.L. (Photo-Chemical Laboratories) Studios a few months before graduation
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Worked as an assistant director to Kajiro Yamamoto; first met another of that director's proteges, Akira Kurosawa
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Served in the military for eight years
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Returned to P.C.L., Now renamed Toho Studios; directed cultural documentaries
1949:
Served as Kurosawa's assistant director on "Stray Dog"
1951:
Directed first fictional feature film, "Aoi Shinju"
1953:
Collaborated with special effects technician Eiji Tsuburaya on the war film, "Taiheiyo no Washi"
1954:
Directed his best-known film, "Gojira/Godzilla" for which he also co-wrote the screenplay
1967:
Was involved in the making of the children's TV series, "Ultraman", created by Tsuburaya
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Received screen credit as "creative consultant" and "direction counsellor" on such Kurosawa films as "Ran" (1985) and "Akira Kurosawa's Dreams" (1990)
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Education

Nihon University: - 1931

Notes

Many reference works give 1956 as the year for Honda's best-remembered film, "Gojira/Godzilla", but this was the year of its American release.

Contributions

Sargebri ( 2006-12-14 )

Source: Japan's Favorite Monstar, the Unauthorized Biography of "The Big G".

Honda's real first name is Ishiro, not Inoshiro. This has been a mistake that people in this country have been making for years.

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