Shinji Higuchi
  Director/Special Effects Director
 Date of birth:
      September 22nd, 1965
      Tokyo, Japan
 
      
      
Biography

The director and special effects director most famous for his special effects work on the 90s Gamera trilogy, Shinji Higuchi is one of only a handful of figures to go back and forth between the worlds of anime and tokusatsu. A huge fan of tokusatsu and anime films as a youth, he was one of the founding members of the anime studio Gainax and after a job at age 18 working on The Return of Godzilla (1984), he was special effects director for Yamata no Orochi‘s Counterattack, a live action special effects film produced at Gainax which was considered so impressive for a micro budget independent film it managed to get a video release. After that, Higuchi worked as a storyboard artist and animator on such Gainax titles as Wings of Honneamise (1988) and Gunbuster before handling the entire second half of 1990's Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water under friend Hideaki Anno (who would later name the character Shinji in Neon Genesis Evangelion after him). The following year he directed the special effects for his colleague Tomoo Haraguchi's indie horror flick Mikadroid (1991). At the age of 28, he managed to secure the job as special effects director on Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995). Higuchi would win immense praise for his work on the film and worked on the two sequels Gamera 2: Advent of Legion (1996) and Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999), doing even better, more jaw-dropping FX work with each. After doing special effects work for Sakuya, Slayer of Demons and The Princess Blade and some FX supervision on Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001) and Casshern, he graduated to full fledged director and in 2005, his directorial debut, Lorelei, was released.

Director Toho Filmography
Lorelei (2005)
Sinking of Japan (2006)
The Last Princess (2008)
Attack on Titan (2015)
dot Godzilla Resurgence (2016)

Assitant Director Toho Filmography
Wings of Honneamise (1988)

Special Effects Director Toho Filmography
Mikadroid (1991)
Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995)
Gamera 2: Advent of Legion (1996)
Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999)
Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)
dot Godzilla Resurgence (2016)

Assitant Special Effects Director Toho Filmography
The Return of Godzilla (1984)

Special Effects Designer Toho Filmography
Dragonhead (2003)