Eiji Tsuburaya

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Eiji Tsuburaya
Eiji Tsuburaya
Born July 7, 1901[1]
Sukagawa, Fukushima, Japan
Died January 25, 1970
Occupation Director, cinematographer,
director of special effects
First work A Page of Madness (1926)
Notable work Godzilla (1954)
Give your child a dream.

— Eiji Tsuburaya[2]

Eiji Tsuburaya (円谷 英二,   Tsuburaya Eiji), born Eiichi Tsumuraya (圓谷 英一,   Tsumuraya Eiichi) and occasionally credited as Eiji Tsumuraya (圓谷 英二,   Tsumuraya Eiji), was a Japanese special effects director, cameraman and producer. Tsuburaya rose to fame primarily due to his work as a cinematographer and special effects director on Toho's kaiju films during the 1950's and 1960's, when he pioneered the techniques of tokusatsu and suitmation. Tsuburaya was one of the creators of Godzilla, who would go on to become Toho's most famous creation and an international icon.

In 1963, Tsuburaya founded his own special effects studio, Tsuburaya Productions, which would become known for producing the Ultra series. Tsuburaya himself served as supervisor for several of the studio's early tokusatsu television series, including Ultra Q, Ultraman and Ultraseven. Toward the end of his life, Tsuburaya continued to receive honorary credit for supervising and directing the special effects in Toho's kaiju films, even though his responsibilities with his own company and eventually his declining health prevented him from actually working on the films. Tsuburaya's understudy Teruyoshi Nakano would take over as Toho's primary special effects director following Tsuburaya's death of a heart attack on January 25, 1970. Tsuburaya's company, Tsuburaya Productions, continued operating under his family until 2007, when it was acquired by TYO Inc. On January 11, 2019, the Eiji Tsuburaya Museum opened in his hometown of Sukagawa, commemorating his life and films.[3]

Selected filmography




Invisible Man


King Kong vs. Godzilla

Invasion of Astro-Monster





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