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Ishirô Honda (1911–1993)

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 »


(age 81) in Tokyo, Japan

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 1990 Dreams (segments "Tunnel, The", "Mount Fuji in Red", prologue and epilogue of "Weeping Demon, The", uncredited)
 1977 Godzilla
 1973 Ryusei Ningen Zon (TV Series)
 1973 Mirâman
 1972 Ai no senshi Reinbôman (TV Series) (1972)
 1971 Mirâman (TV Series)
 1971 Return of Ultraman (TV Series) (pilot and some episodes)
 1969 Latitude Zero
 1967 King Kong Escapes (english language version, as Inoshiro Honda)
 1966 Oyome ni oide
 1965 Invasion of Astro-Monster (as Inoshirô Honda)
 1963 Atragon
 1963 Matango
 1962 Varan the Unbelievable (Japanese scenes, uncredited)
 1962 Gorath
 1961 Mothra
 1958 Half Human (Japanese scenes)
 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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Alternate Names:

Inoshiro Honda | Inoshirô Honda | Ishiro Honda


5' 11" (1.8 m)

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Personal Quote:

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


When some of his films were released in the United States, some of the distributors would mistakenly credit Honda as "Inoshiro Honda". See more »


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.

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