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 of special effects
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 special effects director 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 got his start at Toho as an assistant cameraman before progressing to optical photography, then director's assistance. He made his debut as a special effects director not with Toho, however, but on episode 21 of Tsuburaya Productions' Ultraman Ace. Kawakita passed away on December 5, 2014, his 72nd birthday.[1]

Selected filmography

Director of special effects



Assistant special effects cinematographer

Optical photographer


1st assistant director of special effects


Selected bibliography



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


External links


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.
  4. "【謹んでお悔み申し上げます。】平成ゴジラ特技監督、故・川北紘一氏インタビュー/『ゴジラ-GODZILLA-』発売にあたり" [(Our sincerest condolences) Late Heisei Godzilla special effects director interview, on the release of "Godzilla"]. Famitsu. 18 December 2014.
  5. "All Night". Shin-Bungeiza. Retrieved 5 August 2023.


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