Koji Hashimoto

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Koji Hashimoto
Koji Hashimoto
Born January 21, 1936
Ashikaga, Tochigi, Japan
Died January 9, 2005
First work King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
Notable work The Return of Godzilla (1984)
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I wanted viewers to feel sorry for Godzilla, and I think I succeeded. The existence of Godzilla itself is a dilemma. Godzilla is a living conflict of evil and sadness.

— Koji Hashimoto in an interview with Toho SF Special Effects Movie Series Vol. 1

Koji Hashimoto (橋本 幸治,   Hashimoto Kōji) was a Japanese film director and producer. He was best known for directing two major science-fiction films for Toho in 1984: Bye-Bye Jupiter and The Return of Godzilla. They were his only two directorial jobs after over 70 assignments as an assistant director, including several Ishiro Honda kaiju films and one Akira Kurosawa film, Dodes'ka-den.[1] Following The Return of Godzilla, Hashimoto become a producer for Toho. He passed away of coronary heart disease on January 9, 2005 at the age of 69.

Selected filmography

Assistant director

First assistant director





This is a list of references for Koji Hashimoto. 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. Steve Ryfle (1998). Japan's Favorite Mon-Star: The Unauthorized Biography of "The Big G". ECW Press. p. 231.


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