Takao Okawara
  Director/Writer/Special Effects Director
 Date of birth:
      December 20th, 1949
      Tokyo, Japan
 
      
      
Biography

Most famous for his entries in the Heisei Godzilla series, Takao Okawara joined Toho in 1973, but wouldn't get his first shot in the director's chair until 1980, when Okawara joined Akira Kurosawa and Ishiro Honda on the film Kagemusha (1980). Four years later, the director would find his true calling when he became the assistant director for the first Godzilla film of the Heisei series: The Return of Godzilla (1984). Okawara made his real directorial debut, though, seven years later on the film Reiko, the Psyche Resurrected (1991), which he also wrote. However, his true claim to fame is crafting the most profitable Godzilla film, Godzilla vs. Mothra, in 1992. His work on the first film in the Millennium series, Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999), was touted by the director as the last time he would work on the series, and would also mark the end of his career at Toho.

Director Toho Filmography
Reiko, the Psyche Resurrected (1991)
Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992)
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)
Yamato Takeru (1994)
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995)
Abduction (1997)
Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999)

Assitant Director Toho Filmography
Kagemusha (1980)
The Return of Godzilla (1984)
"Sayonara" die Fräulein (1987)
Buddies (1989)

Writer Toho Filmography
Reiko, the Psyche Resurrected (1991)

Special Effects Director Toho Filmography
Yamato Takeru (1994)