Shinichi Sekizawa

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Shinichi Sekizawa
Shinichi Sekizawa
Born June 2, 1920
Kyoto, Japan
Died November 19, 1992 (aged 72)
Nanpeidai, Shibuya, Japan
Occupation Screenwriter
First work Musume Jūhachi
Usotsuki Jidai
Notable work King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
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What's most important is entertainment. If there's too much detail, the audience won't be interested. So my philosophy is [to] just add enough to tell the story and keep it moving along.

— Shinichi Sekizawa[1]

Shinichi Sekizawa (関沢 新一,   Sekizawa Shin'ichi) was a Japanese screenwriter noted for his immense contributions to Toho's tokusatsu output in the Showa era. He also created the 1968 miniseries Agon. Sekizawa passed away on November 19, 1992, at the age of 72 from myocardial infarction.

Selected filmography


Unfilmed screenplays



  • Agon (TV 1968) - Supervisor

Selected discography




  • Sekizawa wrote the lyrics for Mothra's insert song, "Mothra's Song" with Ishiro Honda and Tomoyuki Tanaka under the joint pen name Koji Yuki (由起こうじ,   Yuki Kōji).
  • Sekizawa wrote and directed a science fiction film for Kokumotsu Films in 1956 entitled Fearful Attack of the Flying Saucers, in which aliens from the M87 Nebula launch an attack on Earth using flying saucers. It was his sole stint as a director, having only previously served as an assistant director on Hiroshi Shimizu's Children of the Great Buddha. The film was considered lost until a 16mm print of it sold online for ¥2.1 million in 2010, after which plans were made for a DVD release that has yet to manifest.[2]


  1. Credited as "Screenplay Adviser" in the film's international export version.


This is a list of references for Shinichi Sekizawa. 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. Ryfle, Steve; Godziszewski, Ed (3 October 2017). Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa. Wesleyan University Press. p. 174. ISBN 978-0819577412.
  2. Nekoyama, Reme (13 October 2015). "A Lost Special Effects Movie Has Finally Appeared! Fearful Attack of the Flying Saucers Magazine Roadshow!!". Tokusatsu Hiho. Vol. 2. Yosensha. pp. 8–15. ISBN 978-4-8003-0766-8.


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