Takao Okawara

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Takao Okawara
Takao Okawara in 2020. Photo by Brett Homenick.
Born December 20, 1949
Chiba, Japan
Occupation Director, screenwriter
First work Submersion of Japan (1973)
Notable work Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)

Takao Okawara (大河原 孝夫,   Ōkawara Takao) is a Japanese film director and writer. After graduating from Waseda University in 1972, Okawara worked under directors like Shiro Moritani and Toshio Masuda. He won the second prize at the 13th Kido Awards in 1991 for Reiko, Psyche Resurrected, his first film as a director and the only film for which he is credited as screenwriter.

Selected filmography

Assistant director

First assistant director




  • As of 2022, Okawara is the last living director of any pre-Millennium series Godzilla movie.

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