Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, From Godzilla to Kurosawa

Item # 150871.

Written by Steve Ryfle and Ed Godziszewski. Contributions by Yuuko Honda-Yun. Foreword by Martin Scorsese.

Ishiro Honda was arguably the most internationally successful Japanese director of his generation, with an unmatched succession of science fiction films that were commercial hits worldwide. Godzilla (the first kaiju), Mothra, Rodan, The Mysterians, King Kong vs. Godzilla, and many others, Honda’s films reflected postwar Japan’s real-life anxieties and incorporated fantastical special effects, a formula that appealed to audiences around the globe and created a popular culture phenomenon that spans generations.

The authors shed new light on Honda’s work and the experiences that shaped it—including his days as a reluctant Japanese soldier, witnessing the aftermath of Hiroshima, and his lifelong friendship with Akira Kurosawa. Hardbound: 324 pp.




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