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Tomoyuki Tanaka  Tomoyuki Tanaka (田中友幸)
  Producer / Writer
  Date of birth:
  April 26th, 1910
  Osaka, Honshu, Japan
  Date of death:
  April 2nd, 1997
  Tokyo, Japan
Producer Filmography - Concept Filmography

Biography

The head man at Toho Studios for some time, Tomoyuki Tanaka produced every Toho monster movie, Godzilla or otherwise, from the start of the first Godzilla film in 1954 up until 1995's Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. He also produced several of Akira Kurosawa's best pictures, and in total was involved in the production of more than 200 movies in his 51 year career.

Five years after attending at Kansai University's Economics Department, Tanaka first joined Toho in 1940. Like many of his peers, the producer also briefly left the company in 1947, amid strikes that resulted in the creation of rival studio Shin Toho. In 1954, Tanaka would spearhead the film Godzilla (1954), which would later become the company's most well known asset. Higher ups were pleased, with executive producer Iwao Mori telling him to "make another one", which resulted in Godzilla Raids Again (1955). While most of his work took place inside Toho, Tanaka did occasionally venture outside of their films. He was a big supporter of actor Toshiro Mifune's self-titled Mifune Productions, producing some of his films and seeing their release within Toho on productions such as The Legacy of the 500,000 (1963).

The continued success of his produced films placed Tanaka in the spotlight within Toho. In 1971, Tanaka was promoted to President of Toho's Film Art Production wing, which oversaw many of the kaiju films produced such as Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972). In 1975, Tanaka was again promoted, this time to President of Toho's main film unit, "Toho Eiga". In the mid-1980's, Tanaka became very active again, likely spurred by his renewed interest thanks to the success of The Return of Godzilla (1984). Because of this, the producer was again promoted, this time to Chairman at "Toho Eiga" at the end of the decade.

In 1995, with the death of Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (1995), Tanaka stepped down from his Chairman position at Toho. He then took on an advisor role for Toho up until his death in 1997.

Given his influence, Tanaka was given concept credit for several productions. This includes the posthumous credit for Rebirth of Mothra II (1997). In terms of scripting an entire concept, Tanaka also wrote the script for the aborted The Reawakening of Godzilla.

Tanaka was married to Drunken Angel (1948) actress Chieko Nakakita.

Producer Toho Filmography

Date      Title Type
1945 Three Women of the North Produced
1946 Those Who Make Tomorrow Produced
1946 Eleven Girl Students Produced
1947 Snow Trail Produced
1947 Four Love Stories Produced
1947 24 Hours of a Secret Life Produced
1949 Lady from Hell Produced
1949 Jakoman and Tetsu Produced
1950 Angry Street Produced
1950 White Beast Produced
1950 Escape at Dawn Produced
1951 Beyond Love and Hate Produced
1952 Foghorn Produced
1952 Sword for Hire Produced
1952 Woman of Shanghai Produced
1952 Adolensence Produced
1952 The Man Who Came to Port Produced
1952 Swift Current Produced
1953 My Wonderful Yellow Car Produced
1953 Last Embrace Produced
1953 Yasugoro Desse Produced
1953 Mother and Daughter Produced
1953 Adolescence Part II Produced
1953 Youth of Heiji Senigata Produced
1953 Red-Light Bases Produced
1954 Godzilla Produced
1954 Farewell Rabaul Produced
1954 The Sound of Waves Produced
1955 Godzilla Raids Again Produced
1955 Half Human Produced
1955 Love Makeup Produced
1955 Love Never Fails Produced
1955 No Response From Car 33 Produced
1955 O-en-San Produced
1955 Hiba Arborvitae Story Produced
1956 Rodan Produced
1956 The Legend of the White Serpent Produced
1956 Rainy Night Duel Produced
1956 Scoundrel Produced
1957 The Mysterians Produced
1957 The Lower Depths Produced
1957 Yagyu Confidential Produced
1957 Knockout Drops Produced
1957 Man in the Storm Produced
1957 Untamed Woman Produced
1957 The Last Pursuit Produced
1958 H-Man Produced
1958 Varan Produced
1958 Ninjitsu Produced
1958 The Spell of the Hidden Gold Produced
1958 The Rikisha Man Produced
1958 Rat Kid on Journey Produced
1958 Josei S.O.S. Produced
1959 Battle in Outer Space Produced
1959 The Three Treasures Produced
1959 Samurai Saga Produced
1959 The Big Boss Produced
1959 Desperado Outpost Produced
1959 Monkey Sun Produced
1959 The Doom of Night Produced
1959 Whistle in My Heart Produced
1959 Ishimatsu Travels with Ghosts Produced
1959 Dangerous Playing with Fire Produced
1960 The Human Vapour Produced
1960 The Secret of the Telegian Produced
1960 The Bad Sleep Well Produced
1960 The Storm of the Pacific Produced
1960 Westward Desperado Produced
1960 The Rascal of the Skies Produced
1960 Life of a Country Doctor Produced
1960 The Last Gunfight Produced
1961 Mothra Produced
1961 Yojimbo Produced
1961 The Last War Produced
1961 Daredevil in the Castle Produced
1961 The Scarlet Man Produced
1961 The Underworld Bullet Marks Produced
1961 Bandits on the Wind Produced
1961 Big Shots Die at Dawn Produced
1961 The Merciless Trap Produced
1961 Eternity of Love Produced
1961 The Crimson Sea Produced
1961 Witness Killed Produced
1961 Counterstroke Produced
1962 King Kong vs. Godzilla Produced
1962 Sanjuro Produced
1962 Gorath Produced
1962 Chushingura Produced
1962 The Crimson Sky Produced
1962 The Hit Dairy Produced
1962 Operation X Produced
1962 Tatsu Produced
1962 Weed of Crime Produced
1962 Operation Enemy Fort Produced
1963 Atragon Produced
1963 Matango Produced
1963 High and Low Produced
1963 Samurai Pirate Produced
1963 Warring Clans Produced
1963 Attack Squadron! Produced
1963 Siege of Fort Bismarck Produced
1963 Interpol Code 8 Produced
1963 Young Swordsman Produced
1963 Outpost of Hell Produced
1963 Operation Mad Dog Produced
1963 The Legacy of the 500,000 Distributed
1964 Mothra vs. Godzilla Produced
1964 Dogora Produced
1964 Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster Produced
1964 Oh! My Bomb! Produced
1964 The Rabble Produced
1964 Trap of Suicide Kilometer Produced
1964 Tiger Flight Produced
1964 Blood and Diamonds Produced
1964 The Rabble Produced
1964 Whirlwind Distributed
1965 Invasion of Astro-Monster Produced
1965 Frankenstein vs. Baragon Produced
1965 Red Beard Produced
1965 Crazy Adventure Produced
1965 The Retreat from Kiska Produced
1965 Iron Finger Produced
1965 Samurai Assassin Produced
1965 Fort Graveyard Produced
1965 Key of Keys Produced
1965 Judo Saga Distributed
1966 Ebirah, Horror of the Deep Produced
1966 The War of the Gargantuas Produced
1966 The Adventure of Taklamkan Produced
1966 Zero Fighter Produced
1966 Rise Against the Sword Produced
1966 The Mad Atlantic Distributed
1967 Son of Godzilla Produced
1967 King Kong Escapes Produced
1967 Japan's Longest Day Produced
1967 Epoch of Murder Madness Produced
1967 Samurai Rebellion Produced
1967 The Killing Bottle Produced
1968 Destroy All Monsters Produced
1968 Admiral Yamamoto Produced
1968 Booted Babe, Busted Boss Produced
1968 Kill! Produced
1968 Neck Produced
1969 All Monsters Attack Produced
1969 Latitude Zero Produced
1969 Battle of the Japan Sea Produced
1969 Portrait of Hell Produced
1969 Siege of Fort Bismarck Produced
1969 Computer Free-for-All Produced
1969 Samurai Banners Distributed
1970 Space Amoeba Produced
1970 Vampire Doll Produced
1970 Terror in the Streets Produced
1970 Will to Conquer Produced
1970 Mitsubishi Pavilion Event
1971 Godzilla vs. Hedorah Produced
1972 Godzilla vs. Gigan Produced
1973 Godzilla vs. Megalon Produced
1973 Submersion of Japan Produced
1973 The Human Revolution Produced
1973 Zone Fighter Televison
1974 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla Produced
1974 Prophecies of Nostradamus Produced
1974 ESPY Produced
1975 Terror of Mechagodzilla Produced
1975 Conflagration Produced
1976 Zero Pilot Produced
1976 The Human Revolution Continues Produced
1977 House Produced
1977 The War in Space Produced
1977 Mount Hakkoda Produced
1977 The Alaska Story Distributed
1980 Kagemusha Produced
1980 Magnitude 7.9 Produced
1981 The Imperial Navy Produced
1983 The Makioka Sisters Produced
1984 The Return of Godzilla Produced
1984 Bye Bye Jupiter Produced
1984 Zero Produced
1984 Ohan Produced
1987 Actress Produced
1987 Princess from the Moon Produced
1989 Godzilla vs. Biollante Produced
1989 Gunhed Produced
1991 Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah Produced
1992 Godzilla vs. Mothra Produced
1993 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II Produced
1994 Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla Produced
1994 Yamato Takeru Produced
1995 Godzilla vs. Destoroyah Produced

Concept Toho Filmography

Date      Title Type
1973 Zone Fighter Television
1985 Caribe, Sinfonia de Amor Produced
1996 Rebirth of Mothra Produced
1997 Rebirth of Mothra II Produced