Ishirô Honda (1911–1993)

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Influential Japanese film director born May 7th, 1911, often credited as being the father of Godzilla. His name is a combination of "I" (or Ino), meaning "boar" and "shirô," meaning fourth boy in the family. Originally, the young Honda had aspirations of becoming an artist. However, as he moved into his teens, it was cinema that became his ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 81) in Tokyo, Japan
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Godzilla Director
(1954)
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(2014)
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(1985)
(1968)

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 1990 Dreams (segments "Tunnel, The", "Mount Fuji in Red", prologue and epilogue of "Weeping Demon, The", uncredited)
 1977 Godzilla
 1973 Mirrorman
 1972 Ai no senshi Reinbôman (TV Series) (1972)
 1971-1972 Return of Ultraman (TV Series) (5 episodes)
- Kaijuutou SOS (1971)
 1971 Mirrorman (TV Series)
 1970 Space Amoeba
 1969 Latitude Zero
 1967 King Kong Escapes (english language version, as Inoshiro Honda)
 1966 Oyome ni oide
 1965 Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (as Inoshirô Honda)
 1964 Dogora
 1963 Atragon
 1963 Matango
 1962 Varan the Unbelievable (Japanese scenes, uncredited)
 1962 Gorath
 1961 Mothra
 1959 Battle in Outer Space (as Inoshiro Honda)
 1958 Half Human (as Inoshiro Honda, Japanese sequences)
 1958 The H-Man
 1956 Rodan
 1956 Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (as Ishiro Honda)
 1956 Young Tree
 1955 Oen-san
 1955 Koi-gesho
 1954 Godzilla
 1951 Aoi shinju
 1950 Ise Island (Documentary short)
 1949 A Story of a Co-op (Documentary short)
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2 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 1 Article | See more »

Official Sites:

Official Site [Japan]

Alternate Names:

Inoshiro Honda | Inoshirô Honda | Ishiro Honda | Toho Co. Ltd.

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Personal Quote:

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

Trivia:

Certain Western critics unfairly considered Honda one of the worst film directors of all time, due to his science fiction and monster movies, most of which were only available in the West in heavily edited forms that at times removed or drastically altered scenes directed by Honda. Due to his affiliation with the highly regarded Kurosawa, some American film historians incorrectly assumed that ... See more »

Trademark:

Frequently shows scenes of people being overwhelmed by an ambush of crowds, human or inhuman, based on a fear he had while stationed in China during World War II. See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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