Katsuro Onoue

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Katsuro Onoue
Katsuro Onoue in 2015
Born June 4, 1960
Kagoshima, Japan
Occupation Director of special effects,
VFX supervisor, senior managing director of Tokusatsu Lab
First work Burst City (1982)
Notable work Shin Godzilla (2016)
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Katsuro Onoue (尾上 克郎,   Onoue Katsurō) is a Japanese special effects director and visual effects supervisor, as well as the senior managing director of the Tokusatsu Lab. A frequent collaborator of Shinji Higuchi, he has worked in special effects since the 1980s and has been involved in some capacity with tokusatsu projects from each of the genre's leading studios. Most recently, he served as the associate director of all three live action entries in Hideaki Anno's Shin series (2016-2023), also directing practical effects for all but Shin Ultraman (2022).

Selected filmography

Director of special effects

Special effects supervisor

Associate director





  1. Credited as the "VFX supervisor" of the practical effects materials unit.
  2. Director of the second unit ("B unit"), which shot practical effects sequences.
  3. Director of a live action unit in charge of "special effects material/panel art shooting."
  4. With Kiyotaka Taguchi, Takanori Tsujimoto, Kazuhiro Nakagawa, and Shinji Higuchi.
  5. With Masayuki, Ikki Todoroki, Shinji Higuchi, Hideaki Anno, and Linto Ueda.
  6. With Ikki Todoroki, Hideaki Anno, and Hayate Kashiwazaki
  7. With Shinji Higuchi.


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