Ishiro Honda  Ishiro Honda (本多猪四郎)
  Director/Writer/Editor/Special Effects Director/Actor
  Date of birth:
  May 7th, 1911
  Yamagata, Japan
  Date of death:
  February 28th, 1993
  Tokyo, Japan
Director Filmography - Assistant Director Filmography - Writer Filmography - Editor Filmography - SFX Director Filmography

Biography

Ishiro Honda, Toho's most renowned director of science fiction, is most famous for his numerous entries in the Godzilla series, including the first: Godzilla (1954). This genre would end up defining his career, as he worked on numerous productions around giant monsters, including Rodan (1956), Mothra (1961) and The War of the Gargantuas (1966) to name a few.

Despite his reputation for his work on science fiction, Honda actually started off working largely on war pictures and documentaries. He was also a close friend of director Akira Kurosawa. The pair worked together early in their career, both being assistant directors on projects like Horse (1941). Toward the end of the decade Honda transitioned to being an assistant director to Kurosawa briefly on Stray Dog (1949). Afterwards, Honda struck it out on his own and held a directing career throughout the 1950's to 1970's. After this long career, the director stepped out of the limelight only to be brought back in by Kurosawa in the 1980's. This saw the two work on movies like Kagemusha (1980), Ran (1985) and others, including having Honda direct segments of Dreams (1990).


Director Toho Filmography

Date      Title Type
1951 The Blue Pearl Produced
1952 The Man Who Came to Port Produced
1952 The Skin of the South Produced
1953 The Eagle of the Pacific Produced
1953 Adolescence Part II Produced
1954 Godzilla Produced
1954 Farewell Rabaul Produced
1955 Half Human Produced
1955 Love Makeup Produced
1955 Mother and Son Produced
1956 Rodan Produced
1956 Young Tree Produced
1956 People of Tokyo, Goodbye Produced
1957 The Mysterians Produced
1957 Good Luck to These Two Produced
1957 A Teapicker's Song of Goodbye Produced
1957 The Woman I Called My Sister Produced
1957 A Rainbow Plays in My Heart: Part 1 Produced
1957 A Rainbow Plays in My Heart: Part 2 Produced
1958 Varan Produced
1958 H-Man Produced
1958 Song for a Bride Produced
1959 Battle in Outer Space Produced
1959 An Echo Calls You Produced
1959 Inao: Story of an Iron Arm Produced
1959 Seniors, Juniors, Co-Workers Produced
1960 The Human Vapour Produced
1961 Mothra Produced
1961 The Scarlet Man Produced
1962 King Kong vs. Godzilla Produced
1962 Gorath Produced
1963 Atragon Produced
1963 Matango Produced
1964 Mothra vs. Godzilla Produced
1964 Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster Produced
1964 Dogora Produced
1965 Invasion of Astro-Monster Produced
1965 Frankenstien vs. Baragon Produced
1966 The War of the Gargantuas Produced
1966 Come Marry Me Produced
1967 King Kong Escapes Produced
1968 Destroy All Monsters Produced
1969 All Monsters Attack Produced
1969 Latitude Zero Produced
1970 Space Amoeba Produced
1972 Mirror Man Distributed
1972 Mirror Man: Reanimates Dinosaur Aroza Distributed
1973 Zone Fighter: Episode 4 Television
1975 Terror of Mechagodzilla Produced
1993 Madadayo Distributed

Assistant Director Toho Filmography

Date      Title Type
1935 Three Sisters with Maiden Hearts Distributed
1936 Enoken's Ten Millions Distributed
1937 Avalanche Distributed
1937 A Husband's Chastity: If Spring Comes Distributed
1937 A Husband's Chastity: Fall Once Again Produced
1937 Enoken's Chikiri Kinta Part 1: Momma, the Hat... The Nice Way Produced
1937 Enoken's Chikiri Kinta Part 2: Returning is Scary, but the Weather Will Clear If You Wait Distributed
1937 The Beautiful Hawk Distributed
1937 Humanity and Paper Balloons Produced
1938 Subterranean Heat Produced
1938 Tojuro's Love Produced
1938 Tsuruhachi Tsurujiro Produced
1941 Horse Distributed
1942 Battle Troop Produced
1944 Colonel Kato's Flying Squadron Produced
1949 Stray Dog Distributed
1949 Children of the Wind Produced
1980 Kagemusha Produced
1985 Ran Distributed
1990 Dreams Produced

Writer Toho Filmography

Date      Title Type
1951 The Blue Pearl Produced
1952 The Man Who Came to Port Produced
1952 The Skin of the South Produced
1954 Godzilla Produced
1956 Young Tree Produced
1956 People of Tokyo, Goodbye Produced
1957 A Teapicker's Song of Goodbye Produced
1966 The War of the Gargantuas Produced
1968 Destroy All Monsters Produced
1990 Dreams Produced
1993 Madadayo Distributed

Editor Toho Filmography

Date      Title Type
1993 Madadayo Distributed

Special Effects Director Toho Filmography

Date      Title Type
1969 All Monsters Attack Produced