Kiyoko Shibuya

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Kiyoko Shibuya
Kiyoko Shibuya circa 2015
Born 1970
Tokyo, Japan[1]
Occupation Visual effects director/producer
First work The Last Dance (1993)
Notable work Always: Sunset on
Third Street
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Kiyoko Shibuya (渋谷 紀世子,   Shibuya Kiyoko) is a Japanese visual effects director and producer. Inspired to work in effects by Star Wars (1977) and Back to the Future (1985), she joined Shirogumi as a miniature builder before debuting as a compositor on Juzo Itami's The Last Dance (1993).[1]

Shibuya is a frequent collaborator of director Takashi Yamazaki, and has received four VFX-JAPAN awards for her work on his films Always: Sunset on Third Street 3 (2012), The Eternal Zero (2013), Fueled: The Man They Called Pirate (2016), and Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura (2017).[2] She has also been involved with all three of Yamazaki's projects involving Godzilla: Always: Sunset on Third Street 2 (2012), Godzilla the Ride: Giant Monsters Ultimate Battle (2021), and Godzilla Minus One (2023). Shibuya, along with Yamazaki and other staff from Shirogumi, won Best Visual Effects for Godzilla Minus One at the 96th Academy Awards, making her the first woman of color to be nominated for or win the category.[3]

Selected filmography

Visual effects director



  • Shibuya is the first woman to direct for a Godzilla film.

External links


This is a list of references for Kiyoko Shibuya. 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 "クリエイティブが生まれる現場 白組・Fudeトップクリエイター特別インタビュー". Wacom. Retrieved 4 September 2023.
  2. "過去のアワード". VFX-JAPAN. Retrieved 4 September 2023.
  3. Tangcay, Jazz. "How 'Godzilla Minus One' Came Together With a $15 Million Budget and 35 VFX Artists — and Made Oscars History". Variety. Retrieved 23 February 2024.
  4. Miyake, Tomoyuki (19 December 2022). "高解像度ドームスクリーンで魅せる60fpsの大迫力映像〜ライドアトラクション『ゴジラ・ザ・ライド大怪獣頂上決戦』VFXメイキング". CGWORLD.


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