Shuzaburo Araki

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Shuzaburo Araki
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Born 1913
Kyoto, Japan
Died February 2, 1961 (aged 48)
Occupation Optical photographer, cinematographer
First work Eagle of the Pacific (1953)
Notable work Godzilla (1954)

Shuzaburo Araki (荒木 秀三郎,   Araki Shūzaburō), sometimes erroneously credited as Hidesaburo Araki and Hinnsaburo Araki, was a Japanese optical photographer and cinematographer.

The brother of Eiji Tsuburaya's wife Masano, Araki joined J.O. Studios after graduating from business school. During World War II, he worked as a cameraman for the Federated News Agency, primarily serving Indonesian paratroopers in New Guinea. By the early 1950s, Araki joined Toho Studios where he assisted Tsuburaya as a camera operator. Specializing in optical photography, he worked on a number of Toho's early tokusatsu films, such as the original Godzilla, its sequel Godzilla Raids Again, and Rodan, before transitioning into special effects cinematography with The Mysterians in 1957. Araki continued to work for Toho alongside fellow cinematographer Sadamasa Arikawa until his untimely death on February 2, 1961, succumbing to an intracranial hemorrhage at just 48. He was succeeded by Yukio Manoda.

Selected filmography

Optical photographer

Special effects cinematographer

Family tree

Sei TsumurayaIsamu Tsumuraya
Shuzaburo ArakiMasano TsuburayaEiji Tsuburaya
Noboru TsuburayaHajime TsuburayaAkira Tsuburaya
Kazuo TsuburayaMasahiro TsuburayaHideaki TsuburayaYuko Tsuburaya
Hiroshi TsuburayaHitomi Tsuburaya


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