The Eiji of Honda.

Today is the birthday of the late Ishiro Honda, the director of the original Gojira and several other Kaiju flicks. Click that link for a filmography that includes his collaboration with Akira Kurosawa. What I have today is from the manga-tized biography of his special effects wizard, Eiji Tsuburaya.

That's Eiji at the top and this glossary of characters includes Ishiro Honda in the bottom left corner.

What follows is the chapter in Eiji's life when he met Honda-san and worked with him on a couple of Kaiju movies before moving on to TV and Ultra-Q.

Without Honda and Tsuburaya there would be NO Godzilla and it is very unlikely that I ever would have come to Japan.

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