Takashi Yamazaki

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Takashi Yamazaki
Yamazaki in 2019
Born June 12, 1964
Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan
Occupation Director, screenwriter,
visual effects supervisor
First work A Taxing Woman's Return (1988)
Notable work Always: Sunset on
Third Street
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My childhood dreams are coming true one after another… If I could tell my younger self, I would definitely cry tears of joy from the overwhelming happiness.

— Takashi Yamazaki, on getting to work on both Godzilla and Ultraman projects[1]

Takashi Yamazaki (山崎 貴,   Yamazaki Takashi) is a Japanese film director, writer, and visual effects artist. Inspired to enter the movie business after seeing Encounter with the Unknown (1972) and Star Wars (1977) at the age of 13,[2] Yamazaki began his career in the late 1980s, working in the special effects department at Shirogumi. His earliest jobs included Juzo Itami's A Taxing Woman's Return (1988) and Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Sweet Home (1989). He made his directorial debut in 2000 with the science fiction film Juvenile.

Yamazaki's third film, Always: Sunset on Third Street (2005), won the Japanese Academy Award for Best Picture and was followed by two sequels. The first of them, released in 2007, featured Godzilla in an imaginary sequence. In 2021, he directed the short film Godzilla the Ride: Giant Monsters Ultimate Battle for a motion simulator ride at the Seibuen amusement park. Yamazaki was finally selected to helm a mainline Godzilla film with Godzilla Minus One, which was released in 2023. He also wrote and directed the 2022 fantasy film yokaipedia.

Yamazaki is the VFX supervisor of all of his own movies, continuing to work through Shirogumi to this day. He also works frequently with production company ROBOT COMMUNICATIONS, which has been involved with shooting/animating all but one of his films, and Toho, which has (co-)financed all but one of his films and distributed all of them. Yamazaki is married to fellow filmmaker Shimako Sato, with whom he had previously collaborated on K-20: Legend of the Mask (2008) and Space Battleship Yamato (2010).

Selected filmography



Visual effects supervisor


Selected bibliography




Conversation with Adam Wingard and Takashi Yamazaki
Takashi Yamazaki and Gareth Edwards



This is a list of references for Takashi Yamazaki. 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 ""Ultraman The Ride" Opens At Seibuen Amusement Park On July 14th". SciFi Japan. 13 June 2023.
  2. "【山崎貴】「永遠の0」こだわったリアリティー 映像効果の第一人者が大事にする"重なり" (1/2ページ)". zakzak. Yukan Fuji. 20 December 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2022.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Miyake, Tomoyuki (19 December 2022). "高解像度ドームスクリーンで魅せる60fpsの大迫力映像〜ライドアトラクション『ゴジラ・ザ・ライド大怪獣頂上決戦』VFXメイキング". CGWORLD.
  4. "GMK and B&W (!) SHIN GODZILLA Announced as Final "Takashi Yamazaki Selection Godzilla Screenings"". SciFi Japan. 4 October 2023.
  5. Bessatsu Kadokawa Special Issue: "Ponyo". Kadokawa Mook. 279. Kadokawa Shoten. 10 September 2008. p. 61.


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