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Monsters are born too tall, too strong, too heavy, that is their tragedy. „ 

— Honda, speaking about his film Rodan

Ishiro Honda was a Japanese film director. He is most famous for directing eleven Godzilla films, including the original 1954 film, as well as other kaiju films such as Rodan and The Mysterians.

He was born on May 7, 1911, and ended up passing away on February 28, 1993 at the age of 83.

Life

Honda is probably best known for his tokusatsu films including several entries in the Godzilla series. He directed the original Godzilla film along with King Kong vs. Godzilla, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster and many others until 1975. He also directed tokusatsu films such as Rodan and Mothra. His last feature film was Terror of Mechagodzilla.

The following years were spent directing various sci-fi TV shows. The superhero shows Return of Ultraman, Mirrorman and Zone Fighter were also his. In addition, he directed the cult film, Matango.

At the end of his career he returned to working as an assistant director for his old friend, legendary director Akira Kurosawa. Allegedly one segment of the Kurosawa film, Dreams, was actually directed by Honda following Kurosawa's detailed storyboards.

His most memorable quote: "Monsters are born too tall, too strong, too heavy, that is their tragedy," when he spoke of his film, Rodan. This statement alone would give fans the impression that his intent was to give all kaiju a distinct personality instead of just being a monster-on-the-loose.

Filmography

Trivia

  • Ishiro Honda was reportedly supposed to direct Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II in 1993, but he passed away earlier that year.
  • Ishiro Honda said in an interview conducted only months before his death that his favorite film he worked on was The Mysterians.[1]

References

Staff
Directors
Showa era Ishiro HondaEiji TsuburayaSFX directorMotoyoshi OdaKoji HashimotoKoichi KawakitaAssistant SFX directorJun FukudaYoshimitsu BannoMikio Naruse
Heisei era Kazuki OmoriTakao Okawara
Millennium series Takao OkawaraMasaaki TezukaShusuke KanekoHirofumi IshigakiRyuhei Kitamura
TriStar Pictures Roland Emmerich
MonsterVerse Gareth EdwardsJordan Vogt-Roberts
Toho reboot series Hideaki AnnoShinji HiguchiKobun ShizunoHiroyuki Seshita
Miscellaneous Willis O'Brien
Producers
Showa era Tomoyuki Tanaka
Millennium series Shogo Tomiyama
TriStar Pictures Dean Devlin
MonsterVerse Thomas TullJon JashniMary ParentBrian RogersYoshimitsu Banno
Writers
Showa era Shinichi SekizawaTakeo MurataTakeshi Kimura
Heisei era Kazuki Omori
Millennium series Wataru Mimura
TriStar Pictures Dean Devlin
MonsterVerse Max Borenstein
Toho reboot series Hideaki Anno
Composers
Showa era Akira IfukubeMasaru Sato
Heisei era Reijiro KorokuKouichi SugiyamaTakayuki Hattori
Millennium series Michiru OshimaKow Otani
MonsterVerse Alexandre DesplatHenry Jackman
Toho reboot series Shiro Sagisu
Actors and actresses
Showa era Akira TakaradaAkihiko HirataMomoko KochiTakashi ShimuraFuyuki MurakamiRaymond BurrHiroshi KoizumiTadao TakashimaHideyo AmamotoKumi MizunoSusumu KurobeSeiji ŌnakaKoji FuruhataDon MessickTGPH
Heisei era Megumi OdakaMasahiro TakashimaJirō DanMayumi ŌkuwaKaori AizawaKenichirō Shimamura
Millennium series Natalia D. AdamsOrga vocalizations
Paramount Pictures Peter CullenKing Kong vocalizations
TriStar Pictures Frank WelkerGodzilla vocalizations
MonsterVerse Aaron Taylor-JohnsonKen WatanabeElizabeth OlsenJuliette BinocheSally HawkinsDavid StrathairnBryan CranstonCarson BoldeCJ AdamsAl SapienzaTom HiddlestonSamuel L. JacksonJohn GoodmanBrie LarsonJing TianToby KebbellJohn OrtizCorey HawkinsJason MitchellShea WhighamThomas MannJohn C. ReillyMillie Bobby BrownKyle ChandlerVera FarmigaO'Shea Jackson Jr.Aisha HindsAnthony RamosCharles DanceRandell HavensThomas MiddleditchBradley WhitfordZhang Ziyi
Toho reboot series Ren MatsuzawaMiwa SasakiHiroki HasegawaYutaka TakenouchiSatomi IshiharaMamoru MiyanoTakahiro SakuraiKana HanazawaTomokazu SugitaYuuki KajiJunichi Suwabe
Suit actors
Showa era Haruo NakajimaKatsumi TezukaHiroshi SekitaKōji SoraSatoshi FuruyaKoetsu OmiyaShinji TakagiHideto OdachiIsao ZushiTadakki WatanabeToru Kawai
Heisei era Wataru FukudaRyō HaritaniKenpachiro SatsumaHurricane Ryu HarikenTsutomu KitagawaMizuho YoshidaAkira OhashiToshinori Sasaki
Millennium series Rie OtaToshinori SasakiHirofumi IshigakiKazuhiro Yoshida
TriStar Pictures Kurt Carley
MonsterVerse T.J. Storm
Toho reboot series Mansai Nomura
Miscellaneous
Printed media Noriyoshi OhraiHurricane Ryu HarikenChris MowryMatt FrankJeff ZornowPriscilla Tramontano