Eiji Tsuburaya

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Eiji Tsuburaya
Eiji Tsuburaya with the DaisensoGoji suit on the set of "Invasion of Astro-Monster"
Born July 10, 1901
Sukagawa, Fukushima, Japan
Died January 25, 1970
Occupation Special Effects Director
First work Monkey Sun (1940)
Notable work Godzilla (1954)
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Eiji Tsuburaya (円谷 英二,   Tsuburaya Eiji), born Eiichi Tsumuraya (圓谷 英一,   Tsumuraya Eīchi) and occasionally credited 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 a producer 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.

Selected Filmography

Special Effects Director

Producer

Gallery

Set Photos

Mothra

King Kong vs. Godzilla

Toys

Videos

Eiji Tsuburaya in "Birth of Ultraman," a stage show which aired a week before the premiere of Ultraman

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