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Creator / Ishiro Honda

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"Monsters are born too tall, too strong, too heavy—that is their tragedy."
— From the man himself
The man at work

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, for the majority of his early career, he directed propaganda films. He was eventually drafted in World War II, in which he was a foot soldier (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 decided 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 from the fact that it was based on his haunted experience of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima at the end of World War II. After Godzilla, the majority of his Kaiju films tend to have a bittersweet ending, while others do have happier, less depressing endings.


Aside from Kaiju, Honda had other films that are easily overlooked. Notably, his film after Godzilla. He was long-time friends with Akira Kurosawa, and they 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



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