Keiichi Sakurai

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Keiichi Sakurai
Keiichi Sakurai circa 2014
Born 1950
Kagoshima, Japan[1]
Occupation Cinematographer
First work Zone Fighter (TV 1973)[1]
Notable work Shin Godzilla (2016)
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I actually entered Toho Studios in order to create Godzilla movies. This was the whole reason why I joined the company. Back then we had a specialized special effects cinematography team that worked just on these type of movies and at one point that team kind of fell apart, it went away. I am the last special effects cinematographer for Toho Studios.

— Sakurai, paraphrased from an interview with Famous Monsters TV

Keiichi Sakurai (桜井 景一,   Sakurai Keiichi) is a Japanese cameraman. A lifelong fan of tokusatsu, he entered the genre as an assistant on an episode of Zone Fighter.[1] He joined Toho Eizo thereafter and participated in several of the company's special effects films, including on both the drama and tokusatsu units of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla.[1] In the 1990s, Sakurai served as an adviser on three of the Heisei Godzilla films, and was the director of photography of Rebirth of Mothra 3's special effects unit. Sakurai has continued to shoot special effects films and TV series, and is a frequent collaborator of Shinji Higuchi.

Selected filmography

Assistant special effects cinematographer

Associate cinematographer

Special effects cinematographer



  1. Also an assistant on the drama unit.[1]


This is a list of references for Keiichi Sakurai. 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 1.7 Nakamura et al. 2014, p. 90
  2. "日本沈没". Toho Reference Room. Retrieved 19 November 2022.
  3. "ノストラダムスの大予言". Toho Reference Room. Retrieved 19 November 2022.
  4. "惑星大戦争". Toho Reference Room. Retrieved 19 November 2022.
  5. "地震列島". Toho Reference Room. Retrieved 19 November 2022.



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