Kensho Yamashita

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Kensho Yamashita
Yamashita in 2015
Born July 8, 1944
Kushira, Kagoshima, Japan
Died August 16, 2016 (aged 72)
Komae, Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Director
First work Who Am I (1969)
Notable work Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994)
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I think Godzilla must remain an antagonist. I see LittleGodzilla as a very bad omen because he is so cute.

— Kensho Yamashita, when asked about the future of the Godzilla series

Kensho Yamashita (山下 賢章,   Yamashita Kenshō) was a Japanese film director. An assistant director at Toho since 1969, he worked as Ishiro Honda's 1st AD on Terror of Mechagodzilla in 1975. He went on to direct three total films, two of which were science fiction stories with special effects directed by Koichi Kawakita: Nineteen (1987) and Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994). The latter was his final work on a film before retiring. Yamashita passed away at age 72 from heart failure on August 16, 2016.

Selected filmography

First assistant director

Assistant director



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