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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Landed a job with the production department of P.C.L. (Photo-Chemical Laboratories) Studios a few months before graduation
Served as Kurosawa's assistant director on "Stray Dog"
Directed first fictional feature film, "Aoi Shinju"
Collaborated with special effects technician Eiji Tsuburaya on the war film, "Taiheiyo no Washi"
Directed his best-known film, "Gojira/Godzilla" for which he also co-wrote the screenplay
Was involved in the making of the children's TV series, "Ultraman", created by Tsuburaya