RECOLLECTIONS OF TOHO’S GOD OF CLOUDS! Fuchimu Shimakura on Painting the Studio’s Tokusatsu Backdrops!

Fuchimu Shimakura in January 2021. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on October 5, 1940, Fuchimu Shimakura began working at Toho in the late 1950s, creating or assisting in the creation of tokusatsu backdrops for the Showa era's most notable special effects movies, including Battle in Outer Space (1959), Mothra (1961), King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), … Continue reading RECOLLECTIONS OF TOHO’S GOD OF CLOUDS! Fuchimu Shimakura on Painting the Studio’s Tokusatsu Backdrops!

THE GODFATHER OF GODZILLA’S ATOMIC RAY! Sadao Iizuka on His Optical Effects Work at Toho!

Sadao Iizuka in January 2021. Photo © Brett Homenick. Born on December 26, 1934, Sadao Iizuka joined Toho Studios in 1954 during the production of the original Godzilla, working as an assistant in the tokusatsu art department. Mr. Iizuka stayed at Toho for many years thereafter, eventually pioneering Toho’s trademark optical effects that would become … Continue reading THE GODFATHER OF GODZILLA’S ATOMIC RAY! Sadao Iizuka on His Optical Effects Work at Toho!

FLY ME TO THE MOON! Actress Elise Richter Recalls Toho’s ‘Battle in Outer Space’!

  Philadelphia native Elise Richter moved to Japan in the 1950s with her family, but she could not have guessed that the experience would have led to a career in the movies. While she appeared in numerous films for various studios, Ms. Richter’s best remembered role is that of Sylvia in Battle in Outer Space … Continue reading FLY ME TO THE MOON! Actress Elise Richter Recalls Toho’s ‘Battle in Outer Space’!

BODMER IN OUTER SPACE! Heinz Bodmer on His Career as an Extra in Japanese Films!

Battle in Outer Space (1959) remains a popular entry in Toho’s special effects films series, and given the sheer number of foreign talent used in the film, it’s a rather unusual one. One such player is Heinz Bodmer, who appeared in the movie as a SPIP crew member who travels to the Moon to do … Continue reading BODMER IN OUTER SPACE! Heinz Bodmer on His Career as an Extra in Japanese Films!