Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters: Defending the Earth with Ultraman, Godzilla, and Friends in the Golden Age of Japanese Science Fiction Film

Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters: Defending the Earth with Ultraman, Godzilla, and Friends in the Golden Age of Japanese Science Fiction Film

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by August Ragone
     
 

Now in paperback! Behind-the-scenes 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 shows beloved around the world. The first book on this legendary film figure in English, this highly visual

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Now in paperback! Behind-the-scenes 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 shows beloved around the world. 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. A must-have for fans, this towering tribute also profiles Tsuburaya's film collaborators, details his key films and shows, and spotlights the enduring popularity of the characters he helped create.

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"When I moved to America to start filming Godzilla, this was one of the few books I brought with me. Eiji is a true inspiration, and a one of a kind innovator of special effects, the likes of which we'll probably never see again in cinema."-Gareth Edwards, director of Monsters and Godzilla (2014).
Library Journal

While the cinematic smack down of Freddy vs. Jasonowes a huge debt to the interfilm monster battles of Japanese sci-fi movies, it can't hold a flaming skyscraper to the clash between Godzilla and King Ghidorah or any of the other beastly brawls orchestrated by visual-effects wizard Eiji Tsuburaya during the 1950s and 1960s. In this first English-language book about the creator of Mothra and Ultraman characters, Japanese film and culture commentator Ragone highlights Tsuburaya's inspirations, technological advances, and lasting impact on popular culture and the Japanese film industry. Ragone expertly weaves biographical anecdotes into his exhaustive accounts of film productions, showing readers how a young aviator and toy designer fascinated by King Kongwould, with his singular vision, exorcise the demons of postwar Japan, push the boundaries of television, and launch the careers of many talented writers and designers. A selected filmography and plethora of beautiful photographs of film sets, promotional materials, and figurines based on Tsuburaya's creatures will satisfy hard-core fans and novices alike. Recommended for all academic and large public library film and Asian studies collections.
—Blanche Angelo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781452135397
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
05/06/2014
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
466,917
Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

August Ragone has written and commented on Japanese film and pop culture for more than 20 years. He lives in San Francisco.

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