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Kyohei Yamane
Kyohei Yamane
Biological Information

Nationality:

Japanese

Species:

Human

Status:

Deceased

Affiliation Information

Relationships:

Emiko Yamane (Daughter)
Shinkichi Yamane (Adoptive son)
Kenichi Yamane (Adoptive grandson)
Yukari Yamane (Adoptive granddaughter)

Production Information

Portrayed by:

Takashi Shimura

First appearance:

Godzilla

Last appearance:

Godzilla vs. Destoroyah

 

Kyohei Yamane (山根恭平博士,   Yamane Kyōhei-hakase?) is one of the main protagonists in the original 1954 Godzilla film, Godzilla, and its 1956 counterpart, Godzilla, King of the Monsters!.

He would make an appearance in the 1955 sequel, Godzilla Raids Again, and be referenced in the 1995 Heisei era Godzilla film, Godzilla vs. Destoroyah.

Appearance

During Godzilla, Kyohei's presented as very formal in attire, generally wearing suits to the many meetings he's present at. At home, he was also seen wearing white laboratory coats. For many parts of the film, he also wore glasses.

Personality

Kyohei was portrayed as intelligent, and faithful to the cause of science, having been at the forefront of any scientific investigation into Godzilla, during the film's events. Sometimes, to his own detriment, as he handled a Trilobite with his bare hands, something that was later revealed to have been doused in Strontium-90, following Godzilla's movements through the area.

He also became very downtrodden once plans to kill Godzilla were put into motion, as he felt the creature should be studied over destroyed, even in spite of the risks.

Yamane also had a strong conviction against nuclear weaponry, believing their testing and use could awaken another Godzilla, an event he turned out to be correct on.

Relationships

Emiko Yamane

Kyohei Yamane fathered one biological child, his daughter Emiko Yamane, who at the time of Godzilla's first appearance was betrothed to Dr. Daisuke Serizawa.

Shinkichi Yamane

During the investigation of Odo Island, Dr. Yamane visited the grave of Masaji Yamada and his mother, victims of Godzilla's raid, and met Masaji's younger brother Shinkichi. Yamane later adopted Shinkichi as a son.

Shinkichi Yamane would go on to have two children, Kenichi and Yukari, who played integral roles in the events preceding Godzilla's meltdown in 1996.

Daisuke Serizawa

Serizawa and Yamane shared little screentime during the events of the film, but Kyohei expressed clear shock and sadness at Daisuke's decision to commit suicide during the film's final act, even taking off his hat as an act of respect.

History

Showa era

Godzilla

Following the devastation of the Odo Island village, Yamane was invited to a special session of the Diet to hear accounts by survivors and give his thoughts. He recommended a investigative party be sent to the island, and subsequently headed the party. On Odo Island his team discovered that areas in the wake of the destruction had been exposed to massive radiation; these areas had been pounded with a trail of holes in the ground, which Yamane identified as footprints of a large creature. In one of these footprints he also discovered a well-preserved trilobite. The investigation was interrupted by the sudden reappearance of the creature beyond a hill. Yamane took several photographs before fleeing with the islanders; the creature soon retreated into the ocean, leaving a new trail of footprints.

Immediately upon the return of the investigative party another Diet session was held, at which Dr. Yamane presented his findings, including the trilobite and sediment from the footprints dense in Strontium-90, a byproduct of hydrogen bombs. Yamane identified the creature as an intermediary (land- and sea-going) dinosaur from the Jurassic age, based on carbon-dating the sediment and named it "Godzilla," in accordance with an Odo Island legend. He concluded that modern atomic tests had awoken the creature, and that in having survived exposure to atomic weapons it would be extremely difficult to subdue.

Yamane was consulted by the government and the military for the duration of the crisis, though his personal conviction was that Godzilla, the only known survivor of the atomic bomb and therefore a wealth of knowledge (and hope for a cure to radiation sickness), should be extensively studied while alive. Following the destruction of Godzilla by the Oxygen Destroyer, Yamane expressed concern that further atomic testing may awaken another Godzilla in the future.

Godzilla Raids Again

Dr. Yamane was summoned by the Japanese government to offer advice on how to deal with Godzilla after two pilots had reported seeing a second Godzilla and the monster Anguirus on a deserted island. Yamane regretfully stated that there was no known way to stop Godzilla following Dr. Serizawa's death, but offered advice that Godzilla was enraged by light, which reminded him of the atomic bomb, so he could be repelled from Osaka by keeping the city in darkness and luring him out to sea using flares.

Heisei era

Godzilla vs. Destoroyah

Dr. Yamane does not physically appear in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, and is implied to have passed away long before the film's events, however he is mentioned several times and is seen in a photograph with his adopted son, Shinkichi. Emiko still lives in her father's house, and Dr. Yamane's office is shown in the film as well, and still looks identical to how it did 40 years ago.

Gallery

List of appearances

Showa era

Heisei era

Millennium series

Characters
Godzilla films
Showa era Hideo OgataDaisuke SerizawaEmiko YamaneShinkichi YamaneKyohei YamaneMasaji YamadaSteve MartinShoichi TsukiokaKojikawa KobayashiOsamu SakuraiKazuo FujitaIchiro SakaiJunko NakanishiDetective ShindoNaoko ShindoProfessor MuraiSelina SalnoAstronaut GlennAstronaut FujiMiss NamikawaTetsuo TeriController of Planet XYoshimuraDaiyoRyota KaneYata KaneGoro MakiSaeko MatsumiyaTsunezo KusumiFujisakiFurukawaKatsuo YamabeKyoko YamabeIchiro MikiShinpei InamiToru YanoKen YanoGengo KotakaTomoko TomoeShosaku TakasugiMachiko ShimaKubotaFumio SudoTakashi ShimaGoro IbukiHiroshi JinkawaRokuro IbukiEmperor AntonioKeisuke ShimizuMasahiko ShimizuSaeko KanagusukuHideto MiyajimaProfessor WaguraKuronumaNanbaraYanagawaAkira IchinoseKatsura MafuneShinzo MafuneJiro MurakoshiMugal
Heisei era Goro MakiNaoko OkumuraDoctor HayashidaHiroshi OkumuraGenshiro ShiragamiErika ShiragamiAsuka OkouchiSho KurokiMiki SaegusaGoro GondoSSS9John LeeKenichiro TerasawaEmmy KanoMiki SaegusaTakayuki SegawaM11Major SpielbergTakuya FujitaMasako TezukaKenji AndohKazuma AokiAzusa GojoHiroshi OmaeTakayuki SegawaTakaki AsoTakuya SasakiLeo AsimovKoji ShinjoKiyoshi SatoAkira YukiChinatsu GondoSusumu OkuboIwao HyodoKensaku IjuinYukari YamaneKenichi YamaneMeru OzawaSho KurokiEmiko Yamane
Millennium series Yuji ShinodaMitsuo KatagiriYuki IchinoseIo ShinodaShiro MiyasakaKiriko TsujimoriHajime KudoJun HayasakaYuri TachibanaTaizo TachibanaAkane YashiroTokumitsu YuharaSara YuharaTogashiHayato IgarashiYoshito ChujoShinichi ChujoAzusa KisaragiKyosuke AkibaShinichi OzakiMiyuki OtonashiXDouglas GordonAnna OtonashiController of Planet X
TriStar Pictures Niko TatopoulosPhilippe RoachéAudrey TimmondsVictor Palotti
MonsterVerse Joseph BrodySandra BrodyFord BrodyElle BrodySam BrodyIshiro SerizawaVivienne GrahamWilliam Stenz
Toho reboot series Rando YaguchiHideki AkasakaKayoko Ann PattersonSeiji OkouchiGoro MakiHaruo SakakiMetphiesYuko TaniMartin LazzariAdam BindewaldMulu-Elu Galu-guEliott LelandUnberto MoriEndurphHalu-Live Dolu-DoRilu-Elu Belu-Be
King Kong films
RKO Pictures Ann DarrowCarl DenhamJack DriscollCaptain Englehorn
Showa era Carl NelsonJiro NomuraSusan WatsonMadame Piranha
Paramount Pictures Jack PrescottFred WilsonDwanHank MitchellAmy Franklin
Universal Pictures Ann DarrowCarl DenhamJack DriscollEnglehorn
MonsterVerse James ConradPreston PackardWilliam RandaMason WeaverSan LinJack ChapmanVictor NievesHouston BrooksGlenn MillsEarl ColeReg SlivkoHank Marlow
Mothra films
Showa era Shinichi ChujoClark Nelson
Heisei era LoraMonaBelveraTaiki GotoYuichi GotoMollShiori UranaiPrincess Yuna
Gamera films
Heisei era Yoshinari YonemoriNaoya KusangiMayumi NagamineAsagi KusanagiWataraseMidori HonamiObitsu Mayumi NagamineAyana HirasakaOsakoToru AizawaKousuke AizawaMai NishioOsamu Nishio