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Eiji Tsuburaya (1901–1970)

Eiji Tsuburaya ranks alongside Willis H. O'Brien and Ray Harryhausen as one of the great visionary SFX masters of twentieth century fantasy cinema. Best remembered as the amazing special effects genius behind the "Godzilla" series of monster films commencing in 1954, he also contributed effects to a host of other Japanase monster / fantasy / ... See full bio »


(age 68) in Tokyo, Japan
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Godzilla Special Effects
Ultraman Producer
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 1979 Ultraman (special effects supervisor)
 1979 Ultraman: Monster Big Battle (special effects supervisor)
 1977 Godzilla (special photographic effects)
 1970 The Militarists (special effects director: archive footage - uncredited)
 1969 All Monsters Attack (special effects)
 1969 Battle of the Japan Sea (special effects director)
 1969 Latitude Zero (director of special effects)
 1968 Rengô kantai shirei chôkan: Yamamoto Isoroku (special effects director)
 1968 Destroy All Monsters (special effects supervisor)
 1967 Son of Godzilla (director of special effects)
 1967 King Kong Escapes (director of special effects)
 1966 Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (director of special effects)
 1966 The War of the Gargantuas (director of special effects)
 1966 Zero faita dai kûsen (special effects director)
 1966 Kiganjô no bôken (special effects director - uncredited)
 1965 Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (special effects director)
 1965 Ironfinger (special effects)
 1965 Crazy Adventure (special effects director)
 1965 Frankenstein Conquers the World (director of special effects)
 1965 Taiheiyô kiseki no sakusen: Kisuka (director of special effects)
 1965 City in the Sea (director of special effects: footage taken from the Toho production "Atragon" - uncredited)
 1965 None But the Brave (special effect director: Toho Special Effects Group)
 1964 Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (special effects director)
 1964 Dogora (director of special effects)
 1964 Mothra vs. Godzilla (director of special effects)
 1964 Kyô mo ware ôzora ni ari (special effects supervisor)
 1964 Shikonmado - Dai tatsumaki (special effects director)
 1963 Atragon (director of special effects)
 1963 The Lost World of Sinbad (special effects director)
 1963 Matango (director of special effects)
 1963 Chintao yôsai bakugeki meirei (special effects director)
 1963 Attack Squadron! (special effects director)
 1962 Varan the Unbelievable (director of special effects - Japanese scenes, uncredited)
 1962 Chushingura (special effects director)
 1962 King Kong vs. Godzilla (director of special effects)
 1962 Gorath (special effects director)
 1962 Kurenai no sora (special effects director)
 1961 Valley of the Dragons (special effects supervisor: Rodan - uncredited)
 1961 The Last War (special effects director)
 1961 The Youth and His Amulet (director of special effects)
 1961 Blood on the Sea (special effects director)
 1961 Mothra (special cinematography director)
 1961 Daredevil in the Castle (director of special effects)
 1960 The Human Vapor (director of special effects)
 1960 Storm Over the Pacific (special effects director)
 1960 Densô ningen (director of special effects)
 1959 Battle in Outer Space (special effects)
 1959 Nippon tanjô (director of special effects)
 1959 Submarine I-57 Will Not Surrender (special effects director)
 1959 Gigantis, the Fire Monster (director of special effects)
 1959 Songoku: The Road to the West (special effects director)
 1958 Half Human (special effects - as Eigi Tsuburaya)
 1958 Daikaijû Baran (director of special effects)
 1958 The H-Man (director of special effects)
 1958 Song for a Bride (special effects)
 1957 The Mysterians (director of special effects)
 1957 Gokurakuto monogatari (special effect director)
 1957 Throne of Blood (special effects - uncredited)
 1956 Rodan (director of special effects)
 1956 Madame White Snake (special effects director)
 1956 Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (special photographic effects)
 1955 Bicycle in Dream (Documentary short) (special effects)
 1955 Meoto zenzai (special effects supervisor - uncredited)
 1955 Jû jin yuki otoko (director of special effects)
 1955 Godzilla Raids Again (director of special effects)
 1954 Tômei ningen (special effects director)
 1954 Godzilla (special effects director)
 1954 Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (special effects - uncredited)
 1954 Saraba Rabauru (director of special effects)
 1954 Sound of the Mountain (special effects - uncredited)
 1953 The Lovers (special effects supervisor - uncredited)
 1953 Eagle of the Pacific (director of special effects)
 1953 Youth of Heiji Senigata (special effects - uncredited)
 1953 Anatahan (special effects)
 1952 The Man Who Came to Port (special effects supervisor)
 1952 The Woman Who Touched the Legs (special effects supervisor - uncredited)
 1952 The Skin of the South (special effects supervisor)
 1951 The Lady from Musashino (special effects supervisor - uncredited)
 1949 Invisible Man Appears (special effects supervisor)
 1949 Hana kurabe tanuki-goten (special effects)
 1947 Tôhô sen'ichi-ya (special effects supervisor)
 1946 The Descendants of Taro Urashima (special photographic effects)
 1945 Tokyo gonin otoko (special effects supervisor)
 1945 Ato ni tsuzuku o shinzu (special effects)
 1945 Kanjôkai no bara (special effects)
 1945 Shôri no hi made (special effects)
 1944 Ikari no umi (special effects)
 1944 Kato hayabusa sento-tai (special effects supervisor)
 1944 Ano hata o ute (special effects)
 1943 Rôkyokû Chûshingura (special effects)
 1943 Susume dokuritsuki (special effects)
 1943 Neppû (special effects)
 1943 Otoko (special effects supervisor)
 1943 Asagiri no gunkâ (special effects)
 1943 Bôrô no kesshitai (special effects)
 1943 Hyoroku yume-monogatari (special effects)
 1943 Ongaku dai-shingun (special effects)
 1943 Ahen senso (special effects)
 1943 Ai no sekai: Yamaneko Tomi no hanashi (special effects)
 1942 Hawai · Maree oki kaisen (director of special effects)
 1942 Tsubasa no gaika (special effects)
 1942 Nankai no hanataba (special photographic effects)
 1942 Shiroi hekiga (special effects)
 1940 Enoken no songokû: songokû zenko-hen (special effects supervisor)
 1940 Songoku 1 (special effects)
 1940 Songoku 2 (special effects)
 1940 Kaigun bakugekitai (special effects)
 1937 Atarashiki tsuchi (director of special effects)
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Alternate Names:

Eigi Tsuburaya | Eiichi Tsuburaya

Did You Know?


When several studios merged and Toho established their Tokyo Studios, an area on the lot was specifically devoted to "special techniques" (special effects). Tsuburaya was put in charge of this department and became Japan's first "Director of Special Techniques (Special Effects).". See more »



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