Close
Sign in with your E-Mail & Password
Godzilla Discussion Forums
Happy 110 to Ishiro Honda

Happy 110 to Ishiro Honda

1,484 Views7 RepliesAdd A Reply
Forum Topic

G. H. (Gman)

GiganAdmin4116 XPMay-07-2021 6:43 PMTeam Ghidorah

110 years ago the legend himself was born. Responsible for directing the film that started not just an entire franchise, but popularized an entire genre, Ishiro Honda directed some of the very best films in the entire Godzilla series as well as some of the very best of the kaiju genre and Japanese science fiction.

Director of eight Godzilla films, Rodan, Mothra and countless other kaiju/Toho science fiction he was also responsible for episodes of Return of Ultraman and Zone Fighter. He also did many lesser known historical war pictures, dramas and musicals.

Without him, it's unlikely Godzilla, as a franchise, would be as meaningful and historically intriguing as it is today. 110 years later, his legacy lives on having been referenced and honored by filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Guillermo del Toro.

Discuss the incredible craftsman.

PICK YOUR TITAN
Godzilla wins 2021 Shirt
Godzilla Hoodie
Kong Wins 2021 Shirt
7 Responses to Happy 110 to Ishiro Honda

HinikunaGoji

GiganMember2253 XPMay-07-2021 6:51 PMTeam Ghidorah

How do you say happy birthday to someone who isn’t alive?

G. H. (Gman)

GiganAdmin4116 XPMay-07-2021 6:54 PMTeam Ghidorah

SarcasticGoji,
Carefully.

HinikunaGoji

GiganMember2253 XPMay-07-2021 6:54 PMTeam Ghidorah

I didn’t mean that as a rude or bad comment, I just thought it was kind of sad.

Chris

King GhidorahAdmin19429 XPMay-07-2021 6:55 PMTeam Ghidorah

Much respect to Honda and his legacy. He really pioneered the basis for this beloved franchise and many others. His films carry a different "weight" than others, no doubt.

Next to Honda, who would be your favorite Godzilla / Toku filmmaker, GMan? Are there any you consider came the closest to honoring Honda's work and the impact he had on the industry?

SasquaDash

BaragonMember392 XPMay-07-2021 6:56 PM

110 years ago a legend was born.

G. H. (Gman)

GiganAdmin4116 XPMay-07-2021 7:01 PMTeam Ghidorah

Chris,
My immediate answer is, "no" but I don't want to cut anyone short. I mean let's face the facts, love his movies or hate them, Jun Fukuda did everything he could with the narrow resources/budgets given to him and his movies are some of the most widely seen of the franchise. He was an excellent director given a very short end of the stick in the 1970s; no time, no money, no resources and Toho expected him to make Golden Age-era caliber films. I can't imagine being in that kind of position. Regardless, his movies were widely exposed to North America, particularly Godzilla vs. Megalon on prime time. His films are very influential in how Godzilla is seen--For better or worse.

Other than that, Shusuke Kaneko is probably the closest "second coming" of Honda I can think of. Among the Gamera Trilogy, GMK and his Ultraman Max episodes, I think it's a crying shame he hasn't returned to the genre and someone should be fired for it.

It terms of my next favorite? Eiji Tsuburaya was just as influential for his special effects--Perhaps more. Whereas Honda directed 8 films, Tsuburaya plowed through many more with and without Godzilla as well as establishing his own film studio that brought the genre to television, via the Ultra series. Depending on the day, I'm more into Tsuburaya than Honda. But today is not that day.

Other honorable favorites:
Shinji Higuchi
Kiyotaka Taguchi
Sadamasa Arikawa
Teruyoshi Nakano
Akio Jissoji
Koichi Sakamoto
Kenji Suzuki

(The last of which isn't particularly prolific, I just liked his style and think he's underrated.)

monsterzero9

BaragonMember446 XPMay-07-2021 8:46 PMTeam Rodan

happy birthday ishiro, rip in peace.

Add A Reply
Log in to Post
Enter Your E-Mail
Enter Your Password

Stay Logged In
Scified Network
Godzilla-Movies.comHosted Community
JurassicWorld3.netHosted Community
Alien-Covenant.comHosted Community
AliensVersus
Predator.net
Hosted Community
Predator4-Movie.comHosted Community
New Godzilla Forum Topics
Highest Forum Ranks Unlocked
HinikunaGoji
HinikunaGoji
45% To Next Rank
Gigan
sonictiger
sonictiger
77% To Next Rank
Rodan
Monster_Zero
Monster_Zero
77% To Next Rank
Anguirus
KingKaijuGojira
KingKaijuGojira
92% To Next Rank
Titanosaurus
KaijuBuildz
KaijuBuildz
56% To Next Rank
Titanosaurus
Godzilla vs. Covid-19 Shirt!
Godzilla vs. Kong Sweater
Support Us
Latest Godzilla Fandom Activity

Godzilla-Movies.com is an information resource for fans looking to learn more about the upcoming blockbuster Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Providing the latest official and accurate information on Godzilla: King of the Monsters, this website contains links to every set video, viral video, commercial, trailer, poster, movie still and screenshot available. This site is an extension of the Godzilla Fandom on Scified - a central hub for fans of Godzilla looking to stay up-to-date on the latest news. Images used are property of their respective owners. Godzilla: King of the Monsters and its associated names, logos and images are property of and are in no way owned by Scified and its related entities. This is a fan-created website for the purpose of informing and exciting fans for Godzilla: King of the Monsters's release.

Scified is an entertainment media network covering the latest news on the most popular, upcoming science fiction movies, games and television. All content is property of Scified.com unless otherwise stated. Images and names of content we promote, discuss, review or report are property of their respective owners. Scified is independantly owned and operated by a team of dedicated sci-fi movie fans, who strive to provide the best information and community experience for other like-minded sci-fi movie enthusiasts.

© 2021 Scified.com