Hirochika Muraishi

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Hirochika Muraishi
Hirochika Muraishi in a 2004 interview for The Gransazers
Born March 1, 1947
Tokyo, Japan[1]
Died March 27, 2022 (aged 75)[2]
Occupation Director, writer, actor
First work Ultraman (TV 1966-1967)
Notable work Ultraman Tiga:
The Final Odyssey
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Hirochika Muraishi (村石 宏實,   Muraishi Hirochika) was a Japanese writer and director best known for his tokusatsu works.

Getting his start as an assistant optical photographer at Tsuburaya Productions in 1967,[3] he transitioned into assistant directing in 1970 and made his directorial debut on OH! Kao in 1973.[1] Muraishi's first directorial position on a tokusatsu production was on the 49th and 50th episodes of P-Productions' Electroid Zaborger (1975).[3][4] He went on to direct episodes of numerous entries in Tsuburaya's Ultra Series, as well as Toho's Cyber Cop (1988-89), Guyferd (1996) and The Gransazers (2003-04). Muraishi also provided the voice of The Gransazers' ultimate antagonist in its final episode, credited under the pseudonym Mr. Village (Mr.ビレッジ,   Misutā Birejji): a pun on his surname, which begins with the kanji for "village." He passed away on March 28, 2022, at the age of 75.[2]

Selected filmography


Director of special effects


  • Ultraman Tiga (TV 1996-1997) as bartender [episode 33; uncredited]
  • Ultraman Dyna (TV 1997-1998) as owner of jazz bar [episode 33] / citizen in Osaka [episode 35]
  • Ultraman Gaia (TV 1998-1999) as KCB director [episode 37] / KCB staff [episode 49]
  • Ultraman Cosmos (TV 2001-2002) as Tokawa Villager [episode 59]
  • The Gransazers (TV 2003-2004) as Will of the Universe [voice; episode 51, as Mr. Village]
  • Ultraman Max (TV 2005-2006) as TV staff [episode 9] / ancient village elder [episode 19] / Matagi [episode 29]



  1. Episode 41 with Hitoshi Ishikawa. Episode 49 with Takeshi Yagi.
  2. Episodes 7 and 43-44 with Hiromasa Mitsudome.
  3. Episode 49 with Takeshi Yagi.
  4. Miscredited as Hiromi Muraishi in the export version.
  5. Episode 13 with Minoru Kawasaki. Episode 14 with Kazuyoshi Nakazaki.


This is a list of references for Hirochika Muraishi. 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 "第25回 監督 村石宏實 (3)". Tamashii Nations. 15 July 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Televi-Kun (28 March 2022). "3月27日に村石宏實監督が75歳で逝去されたそうです 円谷プロで活躍後 #電脳警察サイバーコップ #電光超人グリッドマン #ウルトラマンティガ #七星闘神ガイファード #ウルトラマンガイア #超星神グランセイザー #ウルトラマンマックス 等多くの作品を監督 謹んで哀悼の意を表します #村石宏實 監督". Twitter.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "村石宏實". ja.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 5 February 2022.
  4. "電人ザボーガー". ja.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 5 February 2022.


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