Eiji Tsuburaya

Eiji Tsuburaya

Known for: Visual Effects
Biography: 1901-07-07
Deathday: 1970-01-25 (68 years old)

Biography

Eiji Tsuburaya ranks alongside Willis H. O'Brien and Ray Harryhausen as one of the great visionary SFX masters of twentieth-century fantasy cinema. Best remembered as the amazing special effects genius behind the "Godzilla" series of monster films commencing in 1954, he also contributed effects to a host of other Japanese monster / fantasy / science fiction / drama / propaganda films for over four decades.


Eiji Tsuburaya had a keen interest in the cinema from a young age, and legend has it that he acquired a second-hand movie projector when he was only ten years old, and pulled it apart and put it back together with relative ease. He began work as a cinematographer in Kyoto around 1919 and then enhanced his skills to include camera work throughout the 1920s, at which time his eye for detail was in high demand from many studios. Around 1938, he became head of Special Visual Techniques at Toho Studios, and during the Second World War, he was involved in the production of several Japanese propaganda films. He went freelance after the war, and in 1954 he collaborated with director Ishirô Honda on the monster epic Gojira (1954) (aka "Godzilla"). The film was an enormous hit in Japan, and additional scenes were filmed with US actor Raymond Burr and then inserted strategically to give the movie western appeal. "Godzilla, King Of The Monsters" was then released in the USA to strong box office takings, and Godzilla has since appeared in over two dozen films spanning over fifty years, becoming a key cult icon of Japanese culture!!


The incredibly talented Tsuburaya went on to be the SFX director behind dozens of Japanese monster & science fiction classics including Sora no daikiju Radon (1956) (aka "Rodan"), Bijo to ekitai ningen (1958) (aka "The H-Man"), Densô ningen (1960) (aka "The Telegian"), Mosura (1961) (aka "Mothra"), Kingu Kongu tai Gojira (1962) (aka "King Kong versus Godzilla"), Varan the Unbelievable (1962), Matango (1963), Furankenshutain tai chitei kaiju Baragon (1965) (aka "Frankenstein Conquers the World"), and Kaiju soshingeki (1968) (aka "Destroy All Monsters" ). Tsuburaya had also established his own production company in 1963 (Tsuburaya Productions), creators of the highly popular "Ultraman" character, and subsequent TV shows and films.


On January 25, 1970, while vacationing in Shizuoka Prefecture, Tsuburaya suffered a sudden, fatal heart attack. His incredible film & SFX production company is still active today under the guidance of his grandson, Kazuo Tsuburaya.

Filmography

all 145

Movies 109

TV Shows 36

Creator 34

Director 12

Writer 6

Producer 3

self 1

Screenplay 1

Story / Visual Effects / Special Effects / Visual Effects Director
Godzilla

Godzilla (1977)

Movie
Production Manager
Latitude Zero

Latitude Zero (1969)

Movie
Special Effects / Visual Effects
Crazy Big Explosion

Crazy Big Explosion (1969)

Movie
Special Effects Supervisor
Destroy All Monsters

Destroy All Monsters (1968)

Movie
5.38
Special Effects Manager / Visual Effects
The War of the Gargantuas

The War of the Gargantuas (1966)

Movie
Special Effects / Visual Effects / Visual Effects Director
Invasion of Astro-Monster

Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965)

Movie
5.45
Special Effects / Visual Effects Director
Frankenstein Conquers the World

Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)

Movie
3.67
Special Effects Supervisor
Dogora

Dogora (1964)

Movie
Special Effects Supervisor
Whirlwind

Whirlwind (1964)

Movie
Special Effects / Visual Effects
Mothra vs. Godzilla

Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)

Movie
5.49
Special Effects Coordinator
Atragon

Atragon (1963)

Movie
Special Effects / Visual Effects / Special Effects Supervisor
Matango

Matango (1963)

Movie
2
Special Effects / Visual Effects
King Kong vs. Godzilla

King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963)

Movie
7.5
Visual Effects / Special Effects
Varan the Unbelievable

Varan the Unbelievable (1962)

Movie
6
Special Effects
47 Ronin

47 Ronin (1962)

Movie
Visual Effects / Special Effects
King Kong vs. Godzilla

King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Movie
5.35
Special Effects / Visual Effects Director / Visual Effects
Gorath

Gorath (1962)

Movie
Special Effects Coordinator
The Last War

The Last War (1961)

Movie
Visual Effects
Mothra

Mothra (1961)

Movie
Special Effects Supervisor
Daredevil in the Castle

Daredevil in the Castle (1961)

Movie
Special Effects / Visual Effects / Visual Effects Director
The Human Vapor

The Human Vapor (1960)

Movie
Visual Effects / Special Effects / Visual Effects Director
Battle in Outer Space

Battle in Outer Space (1959)

Movie
Special Effects / Visual Effects
The Three Treasures

The Three Treasures (1959)

Movie
Special Effects / Visual Effects
Gigantis, the Fire Monster

Gigantis, the Fire Monster (1959)

Movie
Visual Effects / Special Effects
Varan

Varan (1958)

Movie
Visual Effects
The H-Man

The H-Man (1958)

Movie
Special Effects / Visual Effects
Song for a Bride

Song for a Bride (1958)

Movie
Special Effects / Visual Effects
The Mysterians

The Mysterians (1957)

Movie
Visual Effects / Story / Special Effects / Visual Effects Director
Godzilla, the Monster of the Pacific Ocean

Godzilla, the Monster of the Pacific Ocean (1957)

Movie
Visual Effects
Rodan

Rodan (1956)

Movie
Special Effects / Visual Effects / Story / Visual Effects Director
Godzilla, King of the Monsters!

Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)

Movie
5.68
Special Effects / Visual Effects
Half Human

Half Human (1955)

Movie
Visual Effects / Special Effects / Story / Visual Effects Director
Godzilla

Godzilla (1954)

Movie
5.66
Special Effects
The Lovers

The Lovers (1953)

Movie
Special Effects Supervisor
Eagle of the Pacific

Eagle of the Pacific (1953)

Movie
Visual Effects
Anatahan

Anatahan (1953)

Movie
Visual Effects / Special Effects Supervisor
The Invisible Man Appears

The Invisible Man Appears (1949)

Movie
Special Effects
Hot Wind

Hot Wind (1943)

Movie
Special Effects Supervisor
Wings of Victory

Wings of Victory (1942)

Movie
VFX Director of Photography
Bouquet of the South Seas

Bouquet of the South Seas (1942)

Movie
Screenplay / Special Effects
Ramayana

Ramayana (1942)

Movie

Ratings

Average 5.87
Based on 308 Thousand movie and tv ratings over time
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1962
1955
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Information

Known For
Visual Effects

Gender
Male

Birthday
1901-07-07

Deathday
1970-01-25 (68 years old)

Birth Name
圓谷 英一

Birth Place
日本,京都府

Religion
Catholicism

Children
Noboru Tsuburaya, Hajime Tsuburaya

Relatives
Yūko Tsuburaya

Citizenships
Japan

Also Known As
円谷英二, 特撮の神様, 쓰부라야 에이지, 圓谷英二, 円谷英一

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