Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters
Defending the Earth with ULTRAMAN, GODZILLA, and FRIENDS in the GOLDEN AGE OF JAPANESE SCIENCE FICTION FILM
Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters is a 2007 American nonfiction book written by August Ragone and published by Chronicle Books. It documents the life and film career of Eiji Tsuburaya and some of the history of his company Tsuburaya Productions up to the production of Ultraman Max. Details of Tsuburaya include his technical wizardry, such as the invention of the modern camera crane and the giant pool used for water battles, his dreams of flying, and the history of Godzilla films and Ultra Series television shows during his lifetime.
"Eiji Tsuburaya was a very reserved man on the set. Most of the direction he gave me for the performance was, 'I trust you to do it. Do what you feel is best, I'll leave it up to you.' And that's the way he was for most of the films we worked on together after Godzilla.
After the wires broke on the Rodan suit, causing me to fall several meters onto the miniature set, he chided, 'It's good that you didn't die; because I need you to finish the film.' And I replied, 'That's easy for you to say, I'm the one inside the costume.' But, these things would sometimes happen.
"When I moved to America to start filming Godzilla, this was one of the few books I brought with me. Eiji is a true inspiration, and a one of a kind innovator of special effects, the likes of which we'll probably never see again in cinema."
- Contents (p. 13)
- Introduction (p. 14)
- Chapter 1: Head in the Clouds (p. 16)
- Chapter 2: Innovations, War, and Occupation (p. 24)
- Chapter 3: The Roar Heard Around the World (p. 32)
- (p. 46) Godzilla Invades America: the Americanization of Godzilla and Godzilla Raids Again by August Ragone
- Chapter 4: Master of Monsters (p. 48)
- (p. 72) Collaborating with the Master by Ed Godziszewski
- Chapter 5: The House that Eiji Built (p. 74)
- (p. 102) Eiji's Collaborators: Remembering Ishiro Honda; Celebrating with Teruyoshi Nakano; Riding with Jun Fukuda; Roaring with Akira Ifukube by Guy Mariner Tucker
- (p. 108) Gamera, Guilala, and Gappa... Oh My! The Monster Boom of the 1960s by John Paul Cassidy
- Chapter 6: Hero from the Stars (p. 113)
- (p. 132) The Ultra Zone: From the Inner Mind to the Outer Limits by August Ragone
- Chapter 7: The Monsters' Last Hurrah (p. 134)
- (p. 148) This is How Godzilla Was Born by Shogo Tomiyama
- Chapter 8: The Ultra Aftermath (p. 150)
- (p. 158) Working at the Family Store by Akira Tsuburaya
- Chapter 9: Farewell to the Master (p. 161)
- (p. 176) Life with the Tsuburayas by Brad Warner
- Chapter 10: The Legacy (p. 178)
- (p. 182) Eiji's Creations: 50 Years On by Norman England
- (p. 184) Collecting Eiji Tsuburaya by Mark Nagata
- Selected Filmography: Key Japanese Films and International Releases (p. 192)
- Acknowledgements & Dedications (p. 200)
- Index (p. 201)
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