Koichi Kawakita

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Koichi Kawakita
Koichi Kawakita with the Oxygen Destroyer prop and a Godzilla maquette
Born December 5, 1942
Nihonbashi, Chuo, Tokyo, Japan
Died December 5, 2014 (aged 72)
Occupation Director, director of special effects, special effects cinematographer, optical photographer, writer, actor
First work Gorath (1962)
Notable work Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)
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Koichi Kawakita (川北 紘一,   Kawakita Kōichi) was a Japanese director, cinematographer, and optical photographer best known for his work on most of the Heisei era Godzilla films and the first two Rebirth of Mothra films. He also occasionally appeared in cameos in some of Toho's tokusatsu productions. Kawakita passed away on December 5, 2014, his 72nd birthday.[1]

Selected filmography

Assistant special effects cinematographer

Optical photographer

Assistant director

Assistant director of special effects

  • Submersion of Japan (1973) [with Eiichi Asada, Makoto Yasuda, Hideyuki Inoue, Kazuo Yoshida, Fumisuke Okada]

1st assistant director of special effects

Director of special effects



  • Gunbot (TV 2014) [episodes 1-4]





Kawakita plays his younger self in the Godzilla-themed episode of Stories of Narrow Escapes from Death


External links


  1. Unlike most of Kawakita's other work, Gunbot consisted primarily of tokusatsu scenes, and its special effects unit was therefore its primary crew. Because of this, Kawakita was credited as "director" while Kazuki Omori, who directed the human scenes, was credited as "main part director."


This is a list of references for Koichi Kawakita. 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. "平成ゴジラ特技監督、川北紘一さん死去".
  2. "1/35 Gunhed 2025 Special Edition w/DVD". HobbyLink Japan by Kotobukiya. Retrieved 30 March 2022.
  3. "ガンヘッド Blu-ray 2枚組". Amazon. 30 March 2022.


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