Japan was the first country to suffer damage from an atomic bomb. We have to deal with the monster in a special way when the Japanese make a Godzilla movie, so we don't forget the bomb.
— Teruyoshi Nakano (The Dawn of Kaiju Eiga)
Teruyoshi Nakano (中野
Nakano worked under his mentor Eiji Tsuburaya for much of the Showa series, before taking the reigns as head director of special effects for the Godzilla series following Tsuburaya's passing. Following the end of the Showa series, Nakano continued serving as director of special effects for other Toho films in the 1970's and 80's, such as The War in Space. Nakano's last work on a Godzilla film was as director of special effects for the 1984 revival of the series, The Return of Godzilla, in which Nakano created an expansive miniature cityscape and a giant "Cybot Godzilla" with the larger budget he was given. One of the special effects staff members working under Nakano for this film was Shinji Higuchi, who would go on to become a well-known special effects director in kaiju films such as the Heisei Gamera trilogy, and eventually a full-fledged director for films such as Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1 and Part 2 and Shin Godzilla. Nakano finally retired from his role as special effects director at the age of 52 after directing the special effects for Princess from the Moon in 1987, and subsequently worked on numerous projects related to theme parks and exhibitions.
Since his retirement, Nakano has continued to be a prominent and active figure in the Godzilla franchise, performing interviews about his work on the series and making public appearances at events like G-Fest.
2nd assistant director
- The Three Treasures (1959) [with Masahisa Takase, Kentaro Nakaya, Yoichi Matsue]
- The Human Vapor (1960)
- Mothra (1961) [with Ken Sano, Hiroyasu Sunahara, Hiroshi Haryu]
2nd assistant director of special effects
1st assistant director of special effects
- Matango (1963)
- Atragon (1963)
- Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
- Dogora (1964)
- Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
- Frankenstein vs. Baragon (1965)
- Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)
- The War of the Gargantuas (1966)
- Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)
- King Kong Escapes (1967)
- Son of Godzilla (1967)
- Destroy All Monsters (1968)
- Latitude Zero (1969)
- All Monsters Attack (1969)
- Space Amoeba (1970)
Director of special effects
- The Vampire Doll (1970) [uncredited]
- Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)[a]
- Lake of Dracula (1971) [uncredited]
- Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972)[b]
- Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)[b]
- Zone Fighter (TV 1973) [episodes 1-2, 5-7, 9, 11, 17, 20- 21]
- Submersion of Japan (1973)
- Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)
- Evil of Dracula (1974) [uncredited]
- Prophecies of Nostradamus (1974)
- ESPY (1974)
- Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)
- Conflagration (1975)
- The War in Space (1977)
- Magnitude 7.9 (1980)
- The Return of Godzilla (1984)
- Pulgasari (1985) [uncredited]
- Tokyo Blackout (1987)
- Princess from the Moon (1987)
- Toho Unused Special Effects Complete Collection (1986)
- SciFi Japan TV (web 2012-2014) [episodes 6-7, 36]
- The Dawn of Kaiju Eiga (2019)
Teruyoshi Nakano, Shinji Higuchi, and Takashi Naganuma pose with the Godzilla statue in front of Toho Studios
- Teruyoshi Nakano on the Japanese Wikipedia
- Teruyoshi Nakano on Eiga.com
- Interview by David Milner (July 1994)
- Interview with Teruyoshi Nakano by Brett Homenick (published June 26, 2019)
- Interview with Teruyoshi Nakano by Brett Homenick (published July 18, 2019)
- Credited as "Shokei Nakano" in both the American and international versions of the film.
- Credited as "Akiyoshi Nakano" in the film's international version.
This is a list of references for Teruyoshi Nakano. 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: 
- Nakano, Teruyoshi; Katsuki, Someya (1 July 2014). Director of Special Effects: Teruyoshi Nakano (Movie Bunko ed.). Wides Publishing. ISBN 978-4898302804.
- Toshiaki Iwabatake (1 September 1994). TV Magazine Special Edition 40th Anniversary of the Birth of Godzilla Complete Works. Kodansha. ISBN 4-06-178417-X.
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