Sadamasa Arikawa

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Sadamasa Arikawa
Sadamasa Arikawa
Born June 17, 1925
Tokyo, Japan
Died September 22, 2005 (aged 80)
Higashiizu, Shizuoka, Japan
Occupation Special effects cinematographer,
director of special effects
First work The Invisible Man Appears (1949)
Notable work Godzilla (1954)
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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, Arikawa worked first as a cameraman, shooting the effects for every Toho science fiction film from 1954 to 1966. Arikawa's first directorial assignment came in the form of the 1962 war film Blood in the Sky,[1] though he would not receive credit as a special effects director until the second episode of Tsuburaya Productions' Ultra Q (1966). Toward the end of Tsuburaya's life, Arikawa succeeded him as the special effects director of the Godzilla series, beginning unofficially with Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966) and officially with Son of Godzilla (1967), until Destroy All Monsters (1968).

Arikawa's final film for Toho was 1970's Space Amoeba,[a] after which he parted with the company due to Tsuburaya's death and the subsequent dissolution of Toho's in-house special effects department.[1] Another of Tsuburaya's students, Teruyoshi Nakano, took over effects on the Godzilla series in 1971. Arikawa transferred to International Television Films, Inc., through which he would ultimately collaborate with Toho again on the 1972 television series Warrior of Love Rainbowman. He also worked on two foreign films in the late 1970s: the 1977 Hong Kong film The Mighty Peking Man, for which he worked alongside several other 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


See also

External links


  1. Episode 15 of the Toho co-production Warrior of Love Rainbowman, which featured special effects by Arikawa, was blown up for a theatrical release at the Summer 1973 Toho Champion Festival.


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 Pusateri, Richard; Aiken, Keith (3 October 2005). "SADAMASA ARIKAWA 1926-2005". Henshin!Online. Archived from the original on 1 January 2006.
  2. Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters (hardcover ed.). Chronicle Books. 2007. pp. 145, 169. ISBN 978-0811860789.


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