Akira Inoue

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Akira Inoue
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Born 1929
Tokyo, Japan
Died September 30, 2017
Occupation Art director, modeler
First work The Ice Wall (1959)
Notable work Gamera (1965)
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Akira Inoue (井上章,   Inōe Akira) was a Japanese art director and modeler. Inspired to enter the filmmaking business after first seeing King Kong as a child, Inoue joined Daiei in 1953. He served as an art director on several of the studio's films from the 1950's through early 60's, but his big break came when he was chosen to handle the special effects art for Daiei's first monster film, Gamera. Inoue co-designed Gamera with Masao Yagi, Noriaki Yuasa, and Yonesaburo Tsukiji, and from that point on became the art director for the Gamera series. Inoue was also responsible for art at the 1970 World's Fair. Inoue was set to work on Gamera vs. Two-Headed Monster W with Yuasa, but the studio went bankrupt and the film was canceled, after which he left Daiei. Inoue returned in 1991 to work on the "Gamera Permanent Preservation Plan" LaserDisc set, for which he designed the monster Garasharp. After retiring, Inoue remained active in the industry, serving in guilds and unions for filmmakers and even training younger students of filmmaking. Looking back on his career, Inoue said he was most proud of his work on the Gamera series and that his favorite film he worked on was Gamera vs. Guiron. Inoue passed away on September 30, 2017.

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