Due to the Passing of Ray Harryhausen on Tuesday, I was remiss in posting a birthday salute/remembrance for famed Japanese film director Ishiro Honda, who would have been 102.
It’s interesting that Harryhausen passed on the same day as Honda’s birthday. It was because of Harryhausen’s work on Eugene Lourie’s BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (1953) that helped shape Producer Tomoyuki Tanaka’s ideas and plans for Honda’s GOJIRA (1954), which is probably Honda’s most famous work. Last year, TCM honored Honda’s body of work by featuring three of his films that had never been aired in the US in their original Japanese versions along with Gojira. Hopefully we’ll see more of his work honored in the future.