The Story of Godzilla’s Birth – Pt 7


The Story of Godzilla's Birth
「ゴジラ誕生語」The Story of Godzilla's Birth by Osamu Yamaguchi

P 16


In 1939, Soji Ushio (real name: Tomio Sagisu) joined the room next to the Special Technology Section and secretly worked as an assistant in the development of optical printers for Tsuburaya.


In May 1940, the special effects of “Naval Bombing Corps” (directed by Souji Kimura) became very popular and received the Special Technology Award.

そして昭和17年の『ハワイ・マレー沖海戦』(山本嘉次郎監督)の特撮は、戦後、日本を占領したGHQ (連合国軍最高司令官総司令部)の幹部が、「これはどう見ても実写である。」とカンちがいし、実戦おこうげきしんじゅの記録フィルムとして差し押さえたほどのできばえだった。円谷は、ゼロ戦が攻撃するハワイの真珠わん湾のセットを、1枚の新聞写真からサイズを割り出して作ったという。

And in the special effects of “The Battle of Hawaii and Malaya” (directed by Kajiro Yamamoto) in 1942, the executives of GHQ (General Headquarters, Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers), who occupied Japan after the war, said, “No matter how you look at it, it’s a live-action film.” It was so successful that it was confiscated as a record film of an actual battle. Tsuburaya is said to have created a set of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, where the Zero fighters would attack, by calculating the size from a single newspaper photograph.


Also in this year, he completed the first domestically produced optical printer, and many people finally recognized the ability of “Tsukutsu of Tsuburaya.”

P 17


Staff gathering


It was the spring of 1954.


“Mr. Tsuburaya, I have a question for you.”


Tomoyuki Tanaka is nine years younger than Eiji Tsuburaya. Tanaka fully acknowledged the competence of Tsuburaya’s special technology.


“Mr. Tsuburaya, I’m going to shoot a monster movie with special effects as the main feature. I’d really like to ask for your help.”

「特撮がメインの映画? そんなものが企画を通ったのか。どんな内容なんだい?」

“Movies with special effects as the main feature? Did something like that go as planned? What kind of content?”


Tanaka threw out the plan he submitted to the meeting at once. While listening to this, Tsuburaya muttered something like this in his mind.


“If such a plan would go through, I should have submitted my plan as well.” In any case, there is no doubt that the dream that I have been cherishing for a long time is one step closer to becoming a reality. It can be said that it is a “godsend.” In addition, Tanaka had worked with him many times before, and was on good terms with him.


“It’s a great story. Let’s do it by all means.”


Tsuburaya held out his hand to Tanaka. Tanaka grabbed his hand. Tsuburaya’s frustration was completely erased by the passion that gushed out from his hands.