The book documents the life and film career of Eiji Tsuburaya and the some of the history of his company Tsuburaya Productions up to the production of. Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters. likes · 1 talking about this. BACK IN PRINT! August Ragone’s biography of the father of Japanese Visual. Eiji Tsuburaya (円谷 英二, Tsuburaya Eiji) was a Japanese special effects director responsible the official English-language biography on this important figure of cinema, Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters, Chronicle Books,

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This book expresses all that passion I have seen boiling up in him since childhood. Mik Geeza rated it liked it May 30, Through intense lighting and high-speed filming, Tsuburaya was able to add to the realism of the effects by giving them a slightly slower, ponderous weightiness.

The Lost Films Paperback. He also won another award in for the creation of the “Toho Versatile Monstrs an optical printer for widescreen pictures, which he built in-house and first used on The Three Treasures in Hajime, the first of their three sons, was born a year later.

It’s a quick read, but mmaster info and the pics are invaluable. The First Contact Cosmos 2: Mlnsters hero to anyone who’s thrilled by giant monsters duking it out over Tokyo, Eiji Tsuburaya was the visual effects mastermind behind Godzilla, Ultraman, and numerous Japanese science fiction movies and TV showsbeloved around the world. One person found this helpful.

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Now the book is in print again and going for far more reasonable prices. If you have an interest in the man who formed the “rubber suit” genre in Japan, don’t miss this! During monaters s, he moved among a number of studios and became known for his meticulous work. Moistvomit rated it liked it Sep 02, The Adventure Begins Great: Fans of Japanese Sci-fi rejoice!


I thought to myself, ‘I will someday make a monster movie like that. Well, it was hard to drop that kind of cash on a used book, so I decided to hold off. They will let you see a view of the painstaking work that went into the detailed miniature sets these Japanese artists created from scratch. While the Tsuburaya family’s traditional religion was Nichiren BuddhismTsuburaya converted to Roman Catholicism in his later years his wife had already been a practicing Roman Catholic.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Unfortunately, Tsuburaya didn’t live past the decade where he did his greatest works, but his legacy lives on in every thudding footstep.

Fans of Japanese monster movies will love the smart prose and eye-catching layouts, as well as the author’s clear passion for the subject matter. I tried getting my hands on this book years ago.

Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters

You won’t regret it! This technique, now most closely associated with Japanese kaiju or monster movies, has come to be called ” suitmation ,” a term originated in the Japanese fan press during the s. The first book on this legendary film figure in English, this highly visual biography surveys his fascinating life and career, featuring hundreds of film stills, posters, concept art, and delightful on-set photos of Tsuburaya prompting monsters to crush landmark buildings.

For Godzilla fans wanting to know more about the series, you should be aware that this book has a laser focus on Tsuburaya, and does not continue to give much insight on the Godzilla films made after his death.

Eiji Tsuburaya

His mother died when he was only three and his father moved to China for the family business. Chronicle Books May 6, Language: Jan 21, Jason harris rated it it was amazing. Review “A gorgeous book filled with fantastic photos and information about the father of tokusatsu.

Godzilla Godzilla vs. Aug 03, Andreia added it. I’m sure the Old Man would be as happy as I am. My library Help Advanced Book Search. A must-have for fans, this towering tribute also features profiles of Tsuburaya’s film collaborators, details on his key films and shows most available on DVDand features on the enduring popularity of the characters he helped create.


He was the father of special effects in Japan, and the success and iconic stature of these films owes more to him than any other one person. It’s about a man and the team of loyal and dedicated artisans he assembled that, collectively, with their “sensei’s” guidance, expertise, vision and instinct created some of the most impressive cinema visual effects ever.

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I would’ve killed somebody to own this book when I was 7. He went freelance with his own production company, Tsuburaya Visual Effects Research working on films for other studiosuntil he returned to Toho in the early s.

The lowest-priced item that has been used or worn previously. I really enjoyed reading about the thought that went into creating Godzilla and Ultraman! You see, along with all that good stuff I’ve covered, this tome is basically an art book!

Eiji was truly the heart of Japanese science fiction and fantasy films in the ’50s and ’60s. In covering Tsuburaya’s life and career August Ragone covers the era that interests me most. Monster from the Deep. I feel that, aside from some exceptions, most Japanese kaiju films made in the last few decades have been analogues to reheated leftovers.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Definitely enlightening but it moves through his projects at a rapid pace. Ultraman Mebius Side Story: Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

The first book on this legendary film figure in English, this highly visual biography details his fascinating life and career, featuring hundreds of film stills, posters, concept art, and delightful on-set photos of Tsuburaya prompting monsters to crush landmark buildings.