"Monsters are born too tall, too strong, too heavy—that is their tragedy."
— From the man himself
Ishiro Honda (本多猪四郎 Honda Ishirō, 1911-1993) is one of the well-known directors of Toho
, perhaps famous for his Showa Era Godzilla
Born in 1911, Honda was raised by a Buddhist father, in which he had a positive outlook in life. As a film director, majority of his career, he directed propaganda films. He was eventually drafted in World War II, in which he was a foot solider (putting his movie career on hold for a while). His ultimate life changing experience was the destruction of Hiroshima caused by the atomic bomb, thereby haunting him forever. Poor guy. When Godzilla
was being produced, Honda decides to turn the movie into what it is today, and it's popular amongst the Japanese and fans of the series.
Ishiro Honda's direction of Godzilla
stems the fact that it was based on his haunted experince of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima after Japan's surrender of World War II. After Godzilla
, majority of his Kaiju
films tends to have a bittersweet ending, while others do have a happier, if any, less depressing endings.
Aside Kaiju, Honda had other films that are easily overlooked. Notably, his film after Godzilla
. He is long-time friends with Akira Kurosawa
, and they have directed movies together, such as Kagemusha
, and quite a few more. Like Kurosawa, Honda's well-known actors in his films is Takashi Shimura (who is well known as Dr. Yamane in Godzilla
), Akihiko Hirata, Kenji Sahara, and a quite more.
If a film has something to do with radiation, or looks like a mutation of radiation, yeah, you'll know where this is going. Since Honda will pull this in his films.
- Anvilicious: No matter what film, he will drop this in-universe in his films.
- Author Appeal: Any of his films will have a giant monster with ending their life a complete tragedy. Mothra was the only film monster that didn't suffer from this.
- Bittersweet Ending: Majority of his films will end this way. It may have been the fact that his films were based on real-life events.
- Creator Backlash: Because of the Lighter and Softer direction the Godzilla series was going, he refused to direct The Return Of Godzilla, when the films after it are Darker and Edgier.
- Magnum Opus: Ishiro Honda considered Matango his masterwork.
- Not So Different: Monsters in conflict with each other aren't as different when humans are at war with each other.
- Nuclear Weapons Taboo: His famous one. He will pull a Space Whale Aesop for this reason.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Honda is one. After World War II, he made Godzilla with its own shell-shcoked veteran.
- Space Whale Aesop: Honda is the friggin' king of this trope. Godzilla involved nuclear weapons, Mothra involved it's not a good idea to let your greed get in a way of disaster, etc. And despite the hate All Monsters Attack has received, it deals with you, as a child, must handle the world by yourself even if your parents aren't around to help you.
- Spell My Name with an "S": When Honda's films are sent to America, his name is somehow written as "Inoshiro" Honda.
- Tragic Monster: Pick one. One of his monsters will have a tragic ending. Godzilla is one by default.