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I love Godzilla, but you can't have it without its good effects to give him the proper treatment in his movies, so I'm giving you my top 5 favorite special effects directors.
5. Makoto Kamiya
(Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack)
4. Sadamasa Arikawa
(Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster; Son of Godzilla; Destroy All Monsters)
3. Teruyoshi Nakano
(Godzilla's Revenge; Godzilla vs. Hedorah; Godzilla vs. Gigan; Godzilla vs. Megalon; Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla; Terror of Mechagodzilla)
2. Koichi Kawakita
(Godzilla vs. Biollante; Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah; Godzilla vs. Mothra; Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II; Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla; Godzilla vs. Destoroyah)
1. Eiji Tsuburaya
(Gojira; Godzilla Raids Again; King Kong vs. Godzilla; Mothra vs. Godzilla; Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster; Godzilla vs. Monster Zero)
Who are your favorite Godzilla special effects directors? Let me know in the comment section.
6 Responses to What's your Top 5 Favorite Godzilla Special Effects Directors
1. Eiji Tsuburaya.
2. Shinji Higuchi.
3. Teruyoshi Nakano.
4. Makoto Kamiya.
5. Koichi Kawakita.
Going a little outside the Godzilla series here:
1) Eiji Tsuburaya - 'Nuff said.
3) Shinji Higuchi - I need to note here that although I enjoy his work in Shin Godzilla, I still find his work in the Gamera trilogy more interesting. Specifically Gamera 3. I'm largely putting him here for those movies.
4) Kiyotaka Taguchi - This is probably the most resourceful man working in tokusatsu today. He really knows how to frame shots correctly in this genre--Always putting something in the foreground. Ultraman X and Ultraman Orb are great examples of this. And his work in Love & Peace is nothing short of incredible.
5) Sadamasa Arikawa - The man filled Tsuburaya's shoes beautifully in Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster and Son of Godzilla. His shots were framed more meticulously than his mentor's and he really pushed the sense of scale with these monsters--Hard to do considering his main two films took place on islands.
Sorry I wasn't able to include other special effects directors as I had not seen the movies they worked on. When the day comes that I see the movies and shows of the people you mentioned above being Kiyotaka Taguchi and Shinji Higuchi's Gamera movies, I'll make an updated post.
You really need to watch the heisei Gamera trilogy of the 90's. I honestly put them above many of the Godzilla films. The tokusatsu effects in all 3 films are gorgeous. Especially in Gamera 3 the revenge of Iris. I honestly don't think there will ever be a better tokusatsu effects film.
"I honestly don't think there will ever be a better tokusatsu effects film."
I heard the Heisei Gamera films are very good in its special effects, but I'd have to disagree on that notion. Eiji Tsuburaya was extraordinary in his work and they way he handled some it in the first six Showa films was very good. I've seen pieces of the Heisei Gamera films where they are very great, but I don't think they come close to how Eijj did it with on Godzilla. Don't get me wrong, Shinji did a good job on Shin Godzilla and he's very talented, but in my opinion, not quite up there with Eiji.
Fair enough. Although Eiji Tsuburaya is the master of monsters in the special effects department, I have to say you'll find out how good the effects are until you watch those films.
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