Kiyoshi Suzuki. Photo by Brett Homenick.
Today, I had a great afternoon with Kiyoshi Suzuki, who has seen and done just about everything there is to do behind the camera. Suzuki-san began working at Toho in the early 1960s as a part-time employee, working on the SFX shooting staff on such films as The Last War (1961). Suzuki-san joined Tsuburaya Productions from the very beginning. First, he worked as an assistant cameraman, but soon he worked his way up the ladder, ultimately becoming a movie producer in the 1990s.
We had a wide-ranging chat that covered a number of topics. Suffice it to say, I learned a lot. Suzuki-san gave me a nice gift: a staff jacket from Superior 8 Ultraman Brothers (2008), which he produced. Many thanks, Suzuki-san!