Toru Matoba

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Toru Matoba
Toru Matoba as a man launching fireworks in Monster Booska
Born July 10, 1920
Yurakucho, Tokyo, Japan
Died 1992
Occupation Special effects director, cameraman
First work Earth (1939)
Notable work Ultraman (TV 1966-1967)

Toru Matoba (的場 徹,   Matoba Tōru) was a Japanese special effects director and cameraman. Matoba began his career in 1939, working as an assistant cameraman for the now-defunct film company Nikkatsu Tamagawa Photo Studio and became inspired by the two-part 1940 film Enoken's Sun Wukong. He joined Daiei Tokyo Studio as a cinematographer during World War II. Specializing in visual effects, he worked on a number of Daiei's early tokusatsu films, such as 1956's Warning from Space, 1957's The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly, and 1962's Killer Whale.

Selected filmography

Director of special effects

Special effects cinematographer

  • Buddha (1961) [with Chikashi Makiura]
  • Killer Whale (1962) [with Hiroshi Ishida]


  • Monster Booska (TV 1966-1967) as island chieftain [episode 9] / man launching fireworks [episode 26] / captain of cruiseferry [episode 42]


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