Sadamasa Arikawa

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Sadamasa Arikawa
Sadamasa Arikawa
Born June 17, 1925
Tokyo, Japan
Died September 22, 2005 (aged 80)
Occupation Special effects cinematographer,
director of special effects
First work The Invisible Man Appears (1949)
Notable work Godzilla (1954)

Sadamasa Arikawa (有川 貞昌 (さだまさ),   Arikawa Sadamasa), also known as Teisho Arikawa (有川 貞昌 (ていしょう),   Arikawa Teishō), was a Japanese special effects director and cinematographer. A protégé of Eiji Tsuburaya, he worked in some capacity on every Toho science-fiction film from 1954 to 1968, with the exception of King Kong Escapes. Arikawa succeeded Tsuburaya as the special effects director of the Godzilla series toward the end of the latter's life, beginning with Ebirah, Horror of the Deep and ending with Destroy All Monsters. His final film for Toho was 1970's Space Amoeba, after which he parted with the company due to Tsuburaya's death and the subsequent dissolution of Toho's in-house special effects department. Another of Tsuburaya's students, Teruyoshi Nakano, took over effects on the Godzilla series in 1971. Arikawa transferred to International Television Films, Inc., where he collaborated with Toho on the television series Warrior of Love Rainbowman in 1972. He also worked on two foreign films in the late 1970s: the 1977 Hong Kong film The Mighty Peking Man, on which he reunited with several former Toho staff, and the 1978 Taiwanese film The Phoenix. Arikawa passed away at age 80 due to lung cancer on September 22, 2005.

Selected filmography

Special effects cinematographer

Director of special effects


External links


This is a list of references for Sadamasa Arikawa. 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 Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters (hardcover ed.). Chronicle Books. 2007. pp. 145, 169. ISBN 978-0811860789.


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