Although well known as the director of many of the classic Godzilla movies, Ishiro Honda helmed many excellent but lesser known films. Here, for the first time in English, is a filmography of Ishiro Honda. Original Japanese titles have been translated where possible, followed by the title of American release (if any), followed by original date of release in Japan, followed by cast listings.
Work as Assistant Director at P.C.L Studios
1938P.C.L. becomes Toho
Works as documentary filmmaker at Toho’s documentary branch
Works as director (all from Toho unless noted)
Note: From March, 1971 through September, 1973, Honda directed twenty five half hour segments for five SF/action TV shows including the “Zone Fighter” series, which featured appearences by Godzilla, Gigan and King Ghidorah.
Hondo went into semi-retirement at this point, but is known to have assisted Akira Kurosawa on the moviesKagemusha(1980),Ran(1985),Dreams(1990),Rhapsody in August(1991), andMadadayo(1992). He is known to have directed at least one important sequence in one of those films, and is likely to have directed several more. Further research is pending.
Honda made his official acting debut in the 1987 comedy Come Back Hero (Yarutokya Yaruze) in a surprise climactic cameo. His unofficial debut was as the fleeing back of the villain in Stray Dog, the character’s name is never spoken in the film, but Korosawa bills him as “Honda” in the credits.
Special thanks to Norio Ohta and Yoshihiko Shibata for their translations.
Article © 1995, 2003 Guy Mariner Tucker/Daikaiju Publishing.