Creator / Ishiro Honda

"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 films.

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, Ran, 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 Akira Takarada.

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.

Sadly, he passed away before he could direct Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, which would have been his first Heisei Godzilla film.

Ishiro Honda has worked on the following movies/television shows