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Tomoyuki Tanaka is a Scriptwriter, Producer, Original Music Composer and Creator Japonais born on 26 april 1910 at Kashiwara (Japon)

Tomoyuki Tanaka

Tomoyuki Tanaka
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Nationality Japon
Birth 26 april 1910 at Kashiwara (Japon)
Death 2 april 1997 (at 86 years) at Tokyo (Japon)

Tomoyuki Tanaka (田中 友幸 Tanaka Tomoyuki) was a Japanese film producer, most famous for creating the Godzilla series. He was born in Kashiwara, Osaka, Japan on April 26, 1910, and died in Tokyo on April 2, 1997. Tanaka was married to the actress Chieko Nakakita (1926 – 2005). He died of a stroke at the age of 86.

Soon after graduating from Kansai University in 1940, Tanaka joined Toho Studios. After four years with the company, he began producing his own films, and his first effort, Three Women of the North, was released in 1945. In his 60-year career with Toho, Tanaka produced more than 200 films.

He is best known as the creator, with storyteller Shigeru Kayama, director Ishirō Honda and special-effects wizard Eiji Tsuburaya, of Godzilla, the towering embodiment of post-World War II anxiety. Tanaka created Godzilla in 1954 in an effort to illustrate the terror Japanese felt after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In an interview in 1985 Tanaka summed up the symbolism of Godzilla:


In those days, Japanese had a real horror of radiation, and that horror is what made Godzilla so huge. From the beginning he has symbolized nature's revenge on mankind.
The classic Gojira (1954; released in the U.S. in 1956 as Godzilla, King of the Monsters!) would spawn a series of sequels, adding up to 28 films by 2004. Tanaka produced every Toho monster movie. He often worked with the other three members of the Godzilla team: Honda, Tsuburaya, and composer Akira Ifukube, to complete such works as The Mysterians (1957) and Matango (1963). Tanaka produced six films directed by the acclaimed Akira Kurosawa. Their film Kagemusha (1980) was nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar and took the Palme d'Or at Cannes.

The American Godzilla was dedicated to his memory.

Usually with

Ishirō Honda
Ishirō Honda
(31 films)
Akira Kurosawa
Akira Kurosawa
(10 films)
Haruo Nakajima
Haruo Nakajima
(29 films)
Akihiko Hirata
Akihiko Hirata
(28 films)
Takashi Shimura
Takashi Shimura
(25 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Tomoyuki Tanaka (84 films)

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Scriptwriter

Rebirth of Mothra II, 1h38
Origin Japon
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, La fin du monde, Kaiju films, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Transport films, Animaux préhistoriques, Films about insects, Les fées, Giant monster films, Disaster films
Actors Megumi Kobayashi, Sayaka Yamaguchi, Maho Nonami, Hikari Mitsushima, Fumie Hosokawa, Misako Konno
Rating55% 2.7576552.7576552.7576552.7576552.757655
Off the coast of Japan, the environment has been ravaged with poisonous starfish-like creatures called Barem. Meanwhile, the Elias sisters, Moll and Lora, survey the destruction and enlist the help of three children, who had just discovered and befriended a strange little creature dubbed "Ghogo" to help find the mysterious treasure of Ninai Kanai, an ancient lost civilization, to save the Earth from the declining environment.
Rebirth of Mothra, 1h44
Origin Japon
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, La fin du monde, Kaiju films, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Transport films, Animaux préhistoriques, Films about insects, Films about dragons, Les fées, Giant monster films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Disaster films
Actors Megumi Kobayashi, Sayaka Yamaguchi, Hitomi Takahashi
Rating59% 2.956472.956472.956472.956472.95647
Millions of years ago, a titanic terror from another realm arrived to destroy the planet Earth. Named Desghidorah, this three-headed dragon was forced to deal with resistance in the form of a species of highly advanced, enormous moths. These monsters were the protectors of the Elias, a race of tiny, humanlike beings who inhabited the planet. After the ensuing battle, Desghidorah was defeated and sealed within the Earth, although a great deal of life on the planet Earth was lost. Three Elias sisters, Moll, Lora and Belvera, were all who were left of their once prosperous civilization. Though the benevolence of Moll and Lora was undeterred, Belvera became twisted and vengeful due to the mass extinction of her race. These tiny fairies, along with one final guardian named Mothra, lingered on for thousands of millenniums. To preserve her species, Mothra created an egg in 1996; however, she became physically exhausted from the ordeal. Shortly thereafter, a logging company uncovered the subterranean prison of the demonic space beast that had ravaged the Earth so long ago. When the seal that had bound the creature was removed from the area, one of the workers of the company took it home and gave it to his young daughter, Wakaba, as a souvenir. Seizing the advantage, Belvera controls Wakaba and uses her to torment her brother Taiki, reminding Belvera of her hatred towards her sisters.
The Return of Godzilla, 1h43
Directed by Kōji Yakusho, Koji Hashimoto
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, La fin du monde, Kaiju films, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Transport films, Animaux préhistoriques, Giant monster films, Godzilla films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Disaster films
Actors Yasuko Sawaguchi, Ken Tanaka, Raymond Burr, Keiju Kobayashi, David Ury, Eitarō Ozawa
Roles Story
Rating62% 3.1000653.1000653.1000653.1000653.100065
After a volcanic eruption on Daikoku Island, the Yahata-Maru Japanese fishing vessel is caught in strong currents off its shores. As the boat drifts into shore, the island begins to erupt, and a giant monster lifts itself out of the volcano. A few days later, reporter Goro Maki is sailing in the area and finds the vessel intact but deserted. As he explores the vessel, he finds all the crew dead except for one young man called Hiroshi Okamura, who has been badly wounded. Suddenly a giant Shockirus sea louse attacks him but he is saved by Maki who kills it with a cleaver.
Godzilla 1985, 1h27
Directed by Koji Hashimoto
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, Kaiju films, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Transport films, Giant monster films, Godzilla films, Disaster films
Actors Raymond Burr, Ken Tanaka, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Keiju Kobayashi, Eitarō Ozawa, Hiroshi Koizumi
Roles Story
Rating62% 3.1000653.1000653.1000653.1000653.100065
The Japanese fishing vessel Yahata Maru is trying to find its way to shore in a horrible storm while near an uninhabited island, when a giant monster appears out of the island and attacks the boat. A day later, reporter Goro Maki finds the vessel intact, along with its sole survivor Hiroshi "Kenny" Okumura.
Mount Hakkoda, 2h49
Directed by Shirō Moritani
Origin Japon
Genres Drama
Actors Ken TAKAKURA, Kin'ya Kitaōji, Rentarō Mikuni, Hideji Ōtaki, Tetsurō Tamba, Shōgo Shimada
Rating69% 3.4552053.4552053.4552053.4552053.455205
En 1902, au Japon, une compagnie de soldats japonais, commandée par le colonel Nakabayashi, entreprend une traversée des Monts Hakkoda. Malgré l'apparition d'une importante tempête de neige, les officiers décident de continuer le voyage. La quasi-totalité des hommes périront de froid ou d'épuisement.

Producer

Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, 1h43
Directed by Takao Okawara
Origin Japon
Genres Science fiction, Action, Adventure, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, La fin du monde, Kaiju films, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Films about religion, Transport films, Films set in the future, Animaux préhistoriques, Giant monster films, Political films, Dystopian films, Godzilla films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Disaster films
Actors Megumi Odaka, Momoko Kôchi, Yōko Ishino, Akira Nakao, Akihiko Hirata, Masahiro Takashima
Roles Executive Producer
Rating68% 3.4477053.4477053.4477053.4477053.447705
In 1996, after the death of SpaceGodzilla, Miki Saegusa travels to Birth Island to check on Godzilla and its adopted child, but finds the entire island destroyed. Godzilla appears in Hong Kong, covered in glowing lava-like rashes. It goes on a rampage, causing major collateral damage and killing thousands of civilians. A group of representatives from the Japan Self Defense Forces (JSDF) hires college student Kenichi Yamane, the grandson of Dr. Kyohei Yamane, to work at the center in an attempt to unravel the mystery of Godzilla's condition. Yamane suspects that Godzilla's heart, which acts as a nuclear reactor, is going through a nuclear meltdown. He theorizes that, when Godzilla's temperature reaches 1,200 degrees Celsius, it will explode with a force approximately "1,000 times greater than all nuclear weapons put together, a burst of power unseen since time began.
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, 1h48
Origin Japon
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, La fin du monde, Kaiju films, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Transport films, Animaux préhistoriques, Films about insects, Films about extraterrestrial life, Les fées, Giant monster films, Godzilla films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Robot films, Disaster films
Actors Megumi Odaka, Akira Emoto, Kenji Sahara, Akira Nakao
Roles Executive producer
Rating58% 2.9497952.9497952.9497952.9497952.949795
Godzilla cells brought into space by Biollante and Mothra are exposed to intense radiation from a black hole. The celestial fission creates a highly aggressive extraterrestrial beast closely resembling Godzilla. This "SpaceGodzilla" quickly makes its way to Earth.
Yamato Takeru, 1h44
Directed by Takao Okawara
Genres Fantasy, Adventure
Actors Yasuko Sawaguchi, Masahiro Takashima, Hiroshi Abe
Roles Producer
Rating62% 3.1464153.1464153.1464153.1464153.146415
The movie starts out with the birth of twin princes. Their father, the emperor of Yamato, feels a great loathing for his one child Ousu. Being convinced that this feeling is a premonition, the emperor orders the shaman Tsukinowa to kill the boy, yet his efforts are spoiled by Amano Shiratori, the White Bird of the Heavens. The emperor’s sister, seeing this as a clear sign of divine intervention, takes it upon herself to raise the child. Years later, when the boy has matured into a man, he is given pardon by his father and allowed to return to the castle. Unfortunately, not long after, his mother falls ill and dies mysteriously. This sends his brother into a rage and causing him to attack Ousu, who defends himself and kills his sibling in the process. His father, furious at these events, orders his son to leave the castle and not return until the barbarians living in the Kumaso domain are dealt with. The prince makes haste to complete this task, stopping off at a shrine on his way where, after a quick battle, he befriends Oto who joins him on his journey. They, along with companies Genbu and Seriyu, raid the castle, killing Kumaso Takeru and their god Kumasogami. Following this feat, the prince changes his name to Yamato Takeru, yet fails to win the acceptance of his father. His aunt, though, warns him of a great threat looming overheard, as the god Tsukuyomi is posed to return, endangering the Earth, as Yamato Takeru must prepare to halt this from occurring.
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, 1h48
Directed by Takao Okawara
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, La fin du monde, Kaiju films, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Transport films, Animaux préhistoriques, Giant monster films, Godzilla films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Robot films, Disaster films
Actors Megumi Odaka, Masahiro Takashima, Shelley Sweeney, Akira Nakao, Kenji Sahara, Shinobu Nakayama
Roles Executive Producer
Rating65% 3.2985853.2985853.2985853.2985853.298585
In 1992, the United Nations establishes the United Nations Godzilla Countermeasures Center (UNGCC) to stop Godzilla. The remains of Mecha-King Ghidorah are salvaged from the ocean and used to create two anti-Godzilla machines. The first is a flying gunship called Garuda. The second and more powerful machine, modeled after Godzilla itself, is called Mechagodzilla.
Godzilla vs. Mothra, 1h42
Directed by Takao Okawara
Origin Japon
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, La fin du monde, Kaiju films, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Transport films, Animaux préhistoriques, Films about insects, Les fées, Giant monster films, Godzilla films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Disaster films
Actors Megumi Odaka, Satomi Kobayashi, Akiji Kobayashi, Akira Takarada, Susumu Kurobe, Yoshiko Tanaka
Roles Executive Producer
Rating61% 3.0994953.0994953.0994953.0994953.099495
In 1993, an asteroid lands in the ocean and awakens Godzilla. The next day, a young man named Takuya Fujita is detained after stealing an ancient artifact. Later, a representative of the Japanese Prime Minister arrives with Takuya's ex-wife, Masako Tezuka, and offers him to explore an island with Masako and Marutomo company secretary, Kenji Ando, and become a free man. Takuya initially turns down the offer, on the basis that he is to be released in another week. But after his ex-wife informs him that his sentence has been reconsidered, he accepts. After the trio arrives at the island, they find a cave behind a waterfall. Inside, they discover ancient paintings, including a picture of two giant insects fighting one another. While studying them, the sun shines through a hole in the wall, and the light points to a small opening in the cave, where they come upon a giant egg. The three hear a pair of voices, which belong to the Cosmos. They keep the earth's natural order in balance, and informs them the egg belongs to Mothra.
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, 1h43
Directed by Kazuki Ōmori
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, La fin du monde, Kaiju films, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Transport films, Time travel films, Films set in the future, Animaux préhistoriques, Films about dragons, Giant monster films, Godzilla films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Robot films, Disaster films
Actors Megumi Odaka, Kōsuke Toyohara, Anna Nakagawa, Katsuhiko Sasaki, Akiji Kobayashi, Yoshio Tsuchiya
Roles Producer
Rating65% 3.297283.297283.297283.297283.29728
In 1992, journalist Kenichiro Terasawa (Kosuke Toyohara) is writing a book about Godzilla and learns about a group of Japanese soldiers stationed on Lagos Island in the South Pacific during World War II. They were unintentionally saved from a group of American soldiers by a mysterious dinosaur known as "Godzillasaurus" in February 1944. In 1954, the island was destroyed by a hydrogen bomb test and the radiation from the bomb mutated the dinosaur into Godzilla.
Godzilla vs. Biollante, 1h45
Directed by Kazuki Ōmori
Origin Japon
Genres Science fiction, War, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, La fin du monde, Kaiju films, Films about magic and magicians, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Transport films, Animaux préhistoriques, Giant monster films, Godzilla films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Disaster films
Actors Megumi Odaka, Yoshiko Tanaka, Masanobu Takashima, Toshiyuki Nagashima, Demon Kakka, Tōru Minegishi
Roles Executive Producer
Rating65% 3.297523.297523.297523.297523.29752
In the aftermath of Godzilla's attack on Tokyo and his later imprisonment at Mt. Mihara. a team of scientists discovers cells left in the rubble by the monster and collects them. A group of American militants takes a sample of their own. They attempt to escape with them, but are killed by a lone assassin codenamed SSS9, who steals the sample and departs. He boards a cruise liner and heads to the Republic of Saradia to deliver the cells to the Saradia Institute of Technology and Science. The president of the institute wants to use the cells to merge with genetically modified plants, hoping to transform Saradia's deserts to vast greenery and end the country's dependence on oil wells for wealth. Dr. Genshiro Shiragami and his daughter, Erika, are enlisted to aid with the ambitious project. However, a terrorist bombing destroys the institute's laboratory, ruining the cells and killing Erika.
Gunhed
Gunhed (1989)
, 1h40
Directed by Masato Harada
Origin Japon
Genres Science fiction, War, Action, Horror
Themes Films about computing, Films set in the future, Political films, Cyberpunk films, Dystopian films, Robot films
Actors Brenda Bakke, Masahiro Takashima, Mickey Curtis
Roles Producer
Rating55% 2.754362.754362.754362.754362.75436
In the early 2030s, a new material called Texmexium (more powerful than nuclear energy) enabled the world to be controlled by a new generation of super computers. Due to fear of misusing Texmexium, it was guarded within hyper-nuclear facilities that powered every major city. Concurrently occurring was the world's depletion in raw materials to create new all-powerful computers; conductive plastics and computer chips have out-valued gold and gave rise to tech scavengers that seek their fortunes through acquiring and selling computer parts despite the extreme dangers.
Princess from the Moon, 2h1
Directed by Kon Ichikawa
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Children's films
Actors Toshiro Mifune, Ayako Wakao, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Kōji Ishizaka, Kiichi Nakai, Megumi Odaka
Roles Executive Producer
Rating62% 3.147013.147013.147013.147013.14701
One day wood cutter Taketori-no-Miyatsuko (Toshiro Mifune) discovers a baby girl while he's out in the forest visiting his daughter's grave. Not wanting to leave the infant to die and because of her resemblance to his dead daughter, he takes the child home with him- only to discover that the child grows at an extraordinarily fast rate. Incredibly beautiful, the now grown child Kaya (Yasuko Sawaguchi) attracts the attention of everyone around her, including the land's Emperor. Unwilling to accept their advances, Kaya gives the men a list of increasingly difficult tasks. By the film's end Kaya returns to outer-space by way of a space ship.
Godzilla 1985, 1h27
Directed by Koji Hashimoto
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Action, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, Kaiju films, Seafaring films, La préhistoire, Transport films, Giant monster films, Godzilla films, Disaster films
Actors Raymond Burr, Ken Tanaka, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Keiju Kobayashi, Eitarō Ozawa, Hiroshi Koizumi
Roles Executive Producer
Rating62% 3.1000653.1000653.1000653.1000653.100065
The Japanese fishing vessel Yahata Maru is trying to find its way to shore in a horrible storm while near an uninhabited island, when a giant monster appears out of the island and attacks the boat. A day later, reporter Goro Maki finds the vessel intact, along with its sole survivor Hiroshi "Kenny" Okumura.