Tomoyuki Tanaka

Producer
One of the most prolific of all Japanese feature film producers, Tomoyuki Tanaka enjoyed a career spanning six decades and virtually every genre. All told, he produced over 200 titles, ranging from a gaggle of ... Read more »
Born: 04/26/1910 in Japan

Filmography

Producer (36)

Gunhed 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Godzilla vs. Bioranch 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Eiga Joyu 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Taketori Monogatari 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Gojira 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Makioka Sisters 1985 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Ohan 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Alaska Story 1978 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Godzilla vs Megalon 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

Monsters From an Unknown Planet 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

Monsters From the Unknown Planet 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

Espy 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

Godzilla Versus The Cosmic Monster 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Human Revolution 1972 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Godzilla Versus The Smog Monster 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

War of the Monsters 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Battle of the Japan Sea 1970 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Rebellion 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Son of Godzilla 1966 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

What's Up Tiger Lily? 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Godzilla Versus The Sea Monster 1965 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Red Beard 1965 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Kaitei gunkan 1964 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Chushingura 1963 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Godzilla Versus The Thing 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

High and Low 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru 1963 (Movie)

(Producer)

Sanjuro 1962 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mothra 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)

Yojimbo 1961 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Gigantis, the Fire Monster 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rodan 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

The H-Man 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)

Chikyu Boeigun 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

Godzilla 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)

Half Human 1956 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (2)

28 Days 2000 (Movie)

("Bon Voyage (Escape mix)") (Song)

Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 (Movie)

("Bachelor Pad (FPM edit)") (Song)
Writer (1)

Gojira 1985 (Movie)

(From Story)

Biography

One of the most prolific of all Japanese feature film producers, Tomoyuki Tanaka enjoyed a career spanning six decades and virtually every genre. All told, he produced over 200 titles, ranging from a gaggle of "Godzilla" movies to a number of Kurosawa epics. In 1998, he was finally honored by the Japanese Academy for his voluminous body of work. In '62, Tanaka's Kurosawa drama "Yojimbo" garnered an Oscar nomination but not in the usual category. Rather than Foreign Language Feature, it was honored in the costume category, despite the fact that the film was in black and white. Even though Tanaka made his name as the creator of the famous Godzilla film monster, he always liked to cite a '23 silent, "The Covered Wagon," as his personal favorite film. Fittingly, his final six credits in the '90s (before his 1997 death) were another half-dozen scare-fests starring the giant lizard.

Relationships

Son
had three survived him

Chieko Tomoyuki

Wife
survived him

EDUCATION

Kansai University

Milestones

1995

Final production of Godzilla sequels "Godzilla versus Destroyer"

1965

Produced "Akahige/Red Beard" with Akira Kurosawa

1954

Gained world-wide acclaim with "Godzilla"

1943

Debut as a producer

1940

Joined Toho Co film production firm

Bonus Trivia

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Received a Japanese imperial award called the Order of the Scared Treasure, Gold and Silver Star in 1981

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