Yoshimitsu Banno (坂野 義光 was a Banno Yoshimitsu)Japanese director, writer, and producer best known for Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971), which he directed and co-wrote. Banno was a special guest at G-Fest XII in 2005 and an executive producer for Legendary Pictures' Godzilla (2014). He passed away on May 7, 2017, at the age of 86. Legendary's next three Godzilla films, Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), Godzilla vs. Kong (2021), and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024), credit him posthumously as an executive producer, with a dedication to him included in the credits of the former.
His memoir, The Man Who Made Godzilla Fly, was first published in 2014, with an expanded and refined version published two years later in 2016.
YOSHIMITSU BANNO (Executive Producer) is the veteran Japanese filmmaker best known for the cult-classic “Godzilla vs. Hedorah” (1971, a.k.a. “Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster”), directing and co-writing the 11th film in Toho Company’s long-lived franchise, which began in 1954 with the eponymous original directed by Ishiro Honda.
- The Nature of Japan and the Dreams of Japanese (1970)
- Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971)
- Prophecies of Nostradamus (1974) [associate]
- Godzilla (2014)[a]
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) [posthumous][b]
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) [posthumous][c]
- Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024) [posthumous][d]
- Throne of Blood (1957) - Assistant director [uncredited]
- Monkey Sun (1959) - Assistant director [uncredited]
- Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971) - Screenwriter [with Takeshi Kimura] / underwater stunt double for Akira Yamauchi / lyricist ("Return the Sun!")
- Prophecies of Nostradamus (1974) - Adaptation [with Toshio Masuda]
- Tokyo Earthquake Magnitude 8.1 (1980) - Producer [with Shunji Okamoto, Norio Komata]
- Monarch: Legacy of Monsters (TV 2023-2024) - Producer [posthumous; with Brian Rogers, Kenji Okuhira]
- Godzilla vs. the Mutant Starfish
- Godzilla vs. Hedorah 2
- Godzilla 3-D - Director [with Keith Melton] / screenwriter
- Gamera 3-D
- Hedorah vs. Midora
- Shin Hedorah (2017)
Yoshimitsu Banno with Gareth Edwards
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