|“||Monsters are born too tall, too strong, too heavy, that is their tragedy.||„|
— Honda, speaking about his film Rodan
He was born on May 7, 1911, and ended up passing away on February 28, 1993 at the age of 83.
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.
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.
- Godzilla (1954)
- Rodan (1956)
- The Mysterians (1957)
- H-Man (1958)
- Varan (1958)
- Battle in Outer Space (1959)
- Mothra (1961)
- Gorath (1962)
- King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
- Matango (1963)
- Atragon (1963)
- Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
- Dogora (1964)
- Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
- Frankenstein vs. Baragon (1965)
- Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
- War of the Gargantuas (1966)
- King Kong Escapes (1967)
- Destroy All Monsters (1968)
- Latitude Zero (1969)
- All Monsters Attack (1969)
- Space Amoeba (1970)
- The Return of Ultraman (Selected episodes, 1970-1971)
- Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
- 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.