Hiroshi Komura

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Hiroshi Komura
Hiroshi Komura
Born 1938
Sendai, Miyagi, Japan[1]
Occupation Art director
First work Mothra (1961)[1]
Notable work Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
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Hiroshi Komura (小村 完,   Komura Hiroshi),[1] also erroneously called Kan Komura[2] and Kan Kobayashi,[3] is a Japanese production designer.

After graduating from Musashino Art University, Komura joined Toho part-time in 1961. Turning down an opportunity to work for NHK through a connection of his father's, Komura moved to Tokyo to continue his work at Toho, becoming a full-time employee within a year. As an art assistant in the Special Art division, Komura worked on various tasks including storyboarding and conceptual drawings, even refining the design of the monster Gabara based on Teizo Toshimitsu's initial sketches. Komura stayed with Toho through its reorganization in 1971, being transferred to Toho's subsidiary company, Toho Bijutsu (presently Toho Eizo Bijutsu).[1] He was given the opportunity to work as a head art director for the 1973 series, Zone Fighter and the 1974 and 1975 films, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla and Terror of Mechagodzilla, but returned to an assistant role for the remainder of his tenure at Toho. Komura seemingly retired sometime after 1987, with Daiei's Tokyo Blackout and Toho's Princess from the Moon being his last films.

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This is a list of references for Hiroshi Komura. 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 1.4 1.5 1.6 Godzilla Toho Champion Festival Perfection. ASCII MEDIA WORKS. 29 November 2014. p. 85, 103. ISBN 978-4-04-866999-3.
  2. The War of the Gargantuas (フランケンシュタインの怪獣 サンダ対ガイラ). Toho. Retrieved on 29 April 2020.
  3. Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (ゴジラ・エビラ・モスラ 南海の大決闘). Toho. Retrieved on 29 April 2020.
  4. M. Ballard, Jim (14 November 2009). ZONE FIGHTER Series Guide. SciFi Japan.

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