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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I don’t give many books five stars but this one deserves that and more if that were possible. Aug 03, Andreia added it. This technique, using detailed miniatures with men-in-monster-suits, is still being tsuburayya today but combined with CGI techniques as well and is now considered a traditional Japanese craft art.

Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters

And you will get a feeling for the absolute hell it was and still can be for eijo stunt actor to be inside one of those cumbersome rubber monster costumes. Excellent look at Japanese special effects craftsman Eiji Tsuburaya.

Master of Monsters, San Francisco based writer August Ragone has produced a fond, generously tsuburaja biography of the tokusatsu special effects genius ‘ – Time Magazine, December 13, ‘The difference between this book and other coffee table volumes that have covered daikaiju before, though, is the staggeringly researched detail that Ragone has put into the text itself.


A must-read for any fan of classic Godzilla films, Ultraman, and kaiju entertainment in general, it will make you feel ten years old again–in the best way. This book makes me 6 again.

He attended elementary school at the Sukagawa Choritsu Dai’ichi Jinjo Koutou Shogakko beginning inand two years later, he took up the hobby of building model airplanes, mastwr to the sensational success of Japanese aviators, an interest he would retain for the rest of his life.

Not insanely in-depth; subscribe to G-Fan if tsuuraya want the down-low nasty nasty behind the scenes stuff – but lovingly designed and full of a ton of handsome photos and materials about THE man tsuburayya the monsters.

Tsuburaya was clearly no exception. Jan 12, Gary rated it really liked it. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. August Ragone has written and commented on Japanese film and pop culture for more than 20 years. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

Dec 15, Mark Matzke rated it it was amazing. In that era the genre had an energy and spirit that has rarely been duplicated since. Aug 19, John Shaw rated it it was amazing.

Eiji Tsuburaya – Master of Monsters: Nathan rated it liked it Feb 10, Ratings and Reviews Write a review. You may also like. 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.


Do what you feel is best, I’ll leave it up to you. Tsuburaya was continually frustrated by both the poor state of equipment he was forced to use, and Toho’s money-pinching that prevented the acquisition of new motion picture technologies. Well worth the read and highly recommended. Godzilla Mothra vs. The tangents were nice, but I feel there were a tad too many, and distracted from Eiji’s professional life story, which this is.

Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters

Biollante Godzilla vs. Showing of 57 reviews. After the wires broke on the Rodan suit, causing me to fall several meters onto the miniature set, he chided, ‘It’s good that you didn’t die; because I need you to finish the film. He also won another award in for the creation of the “Toho Versatile System,” an optical printer for widescreen pictures, which he built in-house and first used on The Three Treasures in Shopbop Tsubudaya Fashion Brands.

Open Preview See a Problem? List of Godzilla games —present. In contrast to the stop motion technique most famously used by Willis O’Brien to create the King KongTsuburaya used a man in a rubber suit to create his giant monster effects.