Eizo Kaimai

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Eizo Kaimai
Eizo Kaimai
Born 1929[1]
Tokyo, Japan[1]
Died April 24, 2020 (aged 90)
Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan[1]
Occupation Modeler, suit actor, Chairman of Kaimai Productions
First work Godzilla (1954)

Eizo Kaimai (開米 栄三,   Kaimai Eizō), nicknamed Cho-san (チョウさん,   Chō-san) for his tall stature, was a Japanese businessman and modelmaker. Originally working at amusement parks and haunted houses, he was discovered by Toho in 1954 and brought on to aid in the production of the first Godzilla suit. He worked closely with fellow modelers Teizo Toshimitsu and Kanju and Yasuei Yagi during his tenure at Toho, and continued to work for the company until 1966 when he departed to form his own company, Kaimai Productions (開米プロダクション,   Kaimai Purodakushon). Kaimai would go on to work on a number of films and television series from Daiei, Tsuburaya Productions, and more until the early 80s. Kaimai passed away on April 24, 2020 at age 90 due to leukemia.[1]

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This is a list of references for Eizo Kaimai. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "開米栄三さん死去、90歳 ゴジラ、ウルトラマンなどの着ぐるみ造形". The Mainichi Newspapers. 4 May 2020.


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