Teizo Toshimitsu

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Teizo Toshimitsu
Teizo Toshimitsu working on the head of the original Anguirus suit
Born October 15, 1909
Oita, Japan
Died 1982
First work The War at Sea from
Hawaii to Malaya
Notable work Godzilla (1954)
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Teizo Toshimitsu (利光 貞三,   Toshimitsu Teizō) was a Japanese sculptor and monster modelling artist. First becoming involved with Toho in 1942,[1] Toshimitsu pioneered the creation of kaiju suits for Godzilla in 1954, alongside Eizo Kaimai and the Yagi brothers. As the company continued to produce tokusatsu films, Toshimitsu took the role of chief modeler, specializing in kaiju faces and maquette prototyping. He is credited with participating in every Toho kaiju film from 1954 to 1970, leaving the company in 1971 after the dissolution of Toho Studios' Special Technology Division.[1] Toshimitsu worked freelance in the 1970s, notably designing the monster Sartan for Tsuburaya Productions' Return of Ultraman and providing monster designs for the Toho Planning series Go! Godman. Though Toshimitsu's tenure at the company ended after Godzilla vs. Hedorah, the King Ghidorah and Godzilla suits he worked on for Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster and Destroy All Monsters, respectively, would go on to appear in Godzilla vs. Gigan. Toshimitsu was succeeded by his apprentice Nobuyuki Yasumaru, who became chief modeler at Toho's new special effects production subsidiary, Toho Eizo. Toshimitsu passed away sometime in 1982.

Selected filmography

Chief modeler

Monster designer

Modeled monsters


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This is a list of references for Teizo Toshimitsu. 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 Godzilla Character Encyclopedia: Toho Special Effects Movie Complete History. Kodansha. 15 July 2014. p. 37. ISBN 978-4062190046.
  2. "Godzilla (ゴジラ)". Toho. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  3. "Godzilla Raids Again (ゴジラの逆襲)". Toho. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  4. "The Last War (世界大戦争)". Toho. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  5. "Gorath (妖星ゴラス)". Toho. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  6. "King Kong vs. Godzilla (キングコング対ゴジラ)". Toho. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  7. "Atragon (海底軍艦)". Toho. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  8. "Mothra vs. Godzilla (モスラ対ゴジラ)". Toho. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  9. "Frankenstein vs. Baragon (フランケンシュタイン対地底怪獣バラゴン)". Toho. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  10. "The War of the Gargantuas (フランケンシュタインの怪獣 サンダ対ガイラ)". Toho. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  11. "Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (ゴジラ・エビラ・モスラ 南海の大決闘)". Toho. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  12. "Son of Godzilla (怪獣島の決戦 ゴジラの息子)". Toho. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  13. "Destroy All Monsters (怪獣総進撃)". Toho. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  14. "Latitude Zero (緯度0大作戦)". Toho. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  15. "Space Amoeba (ゲゾラ・ガニメ・カメーバ 決戦!南海の大怪獣)". Toho. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  16. 16.0 16.1 The Super Heroes Chronicles. Takeshobo. November 1995. p. 95. ISBN 978-4884758745.


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