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Creator: Eiji Tsuburaya
Eiji Tsuburaya (円谷 英二), considered by many to be "God of Special Effects" was born July 7, 1901 and died January 11, 1970.

During his childhood, Tsuburaya was fascinated with aviation, which was a hobby he'd have all his life. In 1919, he took up his first job as a cameraman for Nikkatsu. In 1938 he became special effects director at Toho Studios. During World War II, he directed several propaganda films, one of which, The War At Sea From Hawaii To Malay, was so well done the American censors during occupation became frightened and thought it was real footage of Pearl Harbor.

After the war, he formed his own independent effects company until returning to Toho in 1951. In 1954 he was one of the team who made Gojira, and he was a part of the special effects team for all the Godzilla movies up through All Monsters Attack. He was also the creator of another classic tokusatsu series, Ultraman.

Raised a Buddhist, he became a Catholic in his later years, which influenced some of the imagery he used in his works.

During his 50-year career, he worked on approximately 250 films in total. His Visual Effects works include:

  • Atarashiki Tsuchi (1937)
  • Kaigun Bakugeki-tai (1940)
  • Enoken no songoku zenko-hen
  • Shiroi Hekiga (1942)
  • Nankai No Hanataba (1942)
  • Tsubasa No Gaika (1942)
  • Hawai Mare oki kaisen (1942)
  • Ahen senso (1943)
  • Ai No Sekai: Yamaneko Tomi No Hanashi (1943)
  • Ongaku Dai-Shingun (1943)
  • Hyoroku Yume-Monogatari (1943)
  • Otoko (1943)
  • Ano hata o ute (1944)
  • Kato hayabusa sento-tai (1944)
  • Tokyo Gonin Otoko (1945) - Credited as Eiichi Tsuburaya
  • Urashima Taro No Koei (1946)
  • A Thousand and One Nights with Toho (1947)
  • Hana Kurabe Tanuki Goten (1949)
  • Invisible Man Appears (1949)
  • The Lady of Musashino (1951)
  • The Skin of the South (1952)
  • Ashi Ni Sawatta Onna (1952)
  • The Man Who Came to Port (1952)
  • Anatahan (1953) (Credited As Tsuburaya)
  • Seishun Zenigata Heiji (1953)
  • The Eagle of the Pacific (1953)
  • Aijin (1953)
  • Sound of the Mountain (1954)
  • Farewell Rabaul (1954)
  • Samurai 1: Musashi Miyamoto (1954)
  • Godzilla (1954)
  • Tomei Ningen (1954)
  • Ginrin (1955)
  • Half Human (1955)
  • Meoto zenzai (1955)
  • Legend of the White Snake (1956) - Special Effects Director
  • Rodan
  • Throne of Blood (1957)
  • The Mysterians (1957)
  • Song for a Bride (1958)
  • The H-Man (1958) - Director Of Special Effects
  • Varan the Unbelievable (1958) -
  • The Hidden Fortress (1958)
  • Songoku: The Road To The West (1959)
  • Submarine I-57 Will Not Surrender (1959)
  • The Birth of Japan (1959)
  • Battle in Outer Space (1959)
  • The Secret of the Telegian (1960)
  • Storm Over the Pacific (1960)
  • The Human Vapor (1960)
  • Osaka Jo Monogatari (1961)
  • Mothra (1961)
  • Blood On The Sea (1961)
  • Gen To Fudomyo-O (1961) - Director Of Special Effects
  • The Last War (1961) - Special Effects Director
  • Gorath (1962) - Special Effects Director*
  • Kurenai No Sora (1962) - Special Effects Director
  • King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) - Director Of Special Effects
  • Chushingura: Hana no Maki, Yuki no Maki (1962) - Special Effects Director
  • Varan the Unbelievable (1962) - Director Of Special Effects
  • Attack Squadron! (1963) - Special Effects Director
  • Chintao Yosai Bakugeki Meir Ei (1963) - Special Effects Director
  • Matango (1963) - Director Of Special Effects
  • The Lost World Of Sinbad (1963) - Special Effects Director
  • Atragon (1963) - Director Of Special Effects
  • Shikonmado - Dai Tatsumaki (1964) - Special Effects Director
  • Kyomo Ware Ozorami Ari (1964) - Special Effects Supervisor
Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964) - Director Of Special EffectsDogora, the Space Monster (1964) - Director Of Special EffectsGhidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) - Special Effects DirectorNone But the Brave (1965) - Special Effects Director: Toho Special Effects GroupWar-Gods of the Deep (1965) - Director Of Special Effects: Footage Taken From The Toho Production AtragonTaiheiyo Kiseki No Sakusen: Kisuka (1965) - Director Of Special EffectsFrankenstein Conquers the World (1965) - Director Of Special EffectsCrazy Adventure (1965) - Special Effects DirectorDr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965) - Director Of Special Effects: Footage Taken From The Toho Production Godzilla Vs. The ThingInvasion of Astro-Monster (1965) - Special Effects DirectorIronfinger (1965) - Special EffectsWar of the Gargantuas (1966) - Director Of Special EffectsZero Faita Dai Kusen (1966) - Special Effects DirectorGodzilla vs. the Sea Monster (1966) - Visual Effects Supervisor [4]King Kong Escapes (1967) - Director Of Special EffectsSon of Godzilla (1967) - Visual Effects Supervisor [5]Destroy All Monsters (1968) - Visual Effects SupervisorRengō Kantai Shirei Chōkan: Yamamoto Isoroku (1968) - Special Effects DirectorKureji No Daibakuhatsu (1969) - Special Effects SupervisorLatitude Zero (1969) - Director Of Special EffectsThe Battle of the Japan Sea (1969) - Special Effects DirectorAll Monsters AttackUltraman: Great Monster Decisive Battle
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