Koichi Kawakita

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Koichi Kawakita
Koichi Kawakita with the Oxygen Destroyer prop and a Godzilla maquette
Born December 5, 1942
Tokyo, Japan
Died December 5, 2014 (aged 72)
Occupation Director, director of special effects, special effects cinematographer, optical photographer, writer, actor
Notable role(s) Bar patron, man listening to prime minister, store patron, JSDF officer, secretary of defense, office worker
First work Gorath (1962)
Notable work Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)

Koichi Kawakita (川北紘一,   Kawakita Kōichi), born December 5, 1942, 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 tokusastu productions. Kawakita passed away on December 5, 2014, his 72nd birthday.

Selected filmography

Assistant special effects cinematographer

Optical photographer

2nd assistant director

2nd 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


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