Ishirô Honda (1911–1993)


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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 a painter. However, as he moved into his teens, it was cinema that became his ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 81) in Tokyo, Japan

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Known For

Godzilla Director
(1954)
Godzilla Writer
(2014)
Ran Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
(1985)
Tokyo 1960 Director
(1957)

Filmography

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 2000 Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (original material)
 1995 Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (original material)
 1993 Madadayo (uncredited)
 1990 Dreams (segments "The Tunnel", "Mount Fuji in Red", prologue and epilogue of "The Weeping Demon", uncredited)
 1986 Toho Unused Special Effects Complete Collection (Documentary) (original material)
 1985 Godzilla 1985 (earlier film clips, uncredited)
 1984 Gojira Fantajî: SF Kôkyô Fantajî (original material)
 1984 Bye Bye Jupiter (earlier film clips, uncredited)
 1977 Godzilla
 1977 The War in Space (earlier film clips, uncredited)
 1973 Godzilla vs. Megalon (earlier film clips, uncredited)
 1973 Mirrorman
 1972 Ai no senshi Reinbôman (TV Series) (1972)
 1971-1972 Return of Ultraman (TV Series) (5 episodes)
- Kaijuutou SOS (1971)
 1972 Godzilla vs. Gigan (earlier film clips, uncredited)
 1971 Mirrorman (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1971 Godzilla vs. Hedorah (earlier film clips, uncredited)
 1970 Space Amoeba
 1969 Latitude Zero
 1967 King Kong Escapes (english language version, as Inoshiro Honda)
 1966 Come Marry Me
 1965 Invasion of Astro-Monster (as Inoshirô Honda)
 1965 Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (earlier film clips, uncredited)
 1965 City in the Sea (earlier film clips, uncredited)
 1964 Dogora
 1963 Atragon
 1963 Matango
 1963 King Kong vs. Godzilla (as Inoshiro Honda)
 1962 Varan the Unbelievable (Japanese scenes, uncredited)
 1962 Gorath
 1961 Mothra (as Inoshiro Honda)
 1959 Battle in Outer Space (as Inoshiro Honda)
 1959 Gigantis: The Fire Monster (earlier film clips, uncredited)
 1958 Half Human (as Inoshiro Honda, Japanese sequences)
 1958 Varan
 1958 The H-Man
 1957 Tokyo 1960
 1957 Godzilla (as Ishiro Honda)
 1956 Rodan
 1956 Godzilla: King of the Monsters! (as Ishiro Honda)
 1956 Night School (Short)
 1956 Young Tree
 1955 Half Human
 1955 Oen-san
 1955 Godzilla Raids Again (earlier film clips, uncredited)
 1955 Koi-gesho
 1954 Godzilla
 1950 Ise Island (Documentary short)
 1949 A Story of a Co-op (Documentary short)
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Publicity Listings:

2 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 1 Article | See more »

Official Sites:

Official Site [Japan]

Alternate Names:

Ltd. Toho Co. | Inoshiro Honda | Inoshirô Honda | Ishiro Honda

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Personal Quote:

Looking back on Ghidorah, I feel that [most fans were] elementary and middle school students... We, however, have never once made a film just for children. I am concerned that we are drifting toward taking the easy route, believing a silly story line is OK, though it might be mocked by adults, simply because the film is made for children. Kids will not tolerate nonsense. See more »

Trivia:

Before his death, the first American Godzilla film began production. Honda expressed interest as he felt that it might have resulted in a Godzilla film that was more compelling than the current movies being produced in Japan. See more »

Trademark:

Characters hiking steep mountain slopes and hillsides. See more »

Star Sign:

Taurus

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