Toho and Tsuburaya Productions optical photography expert Sadao Iizuka answers questions about his career. Photo by Brett Homenick.
Today I returned to DeNs Cafe in Sagamihara, Kanagawa, for the first time in several months. Because of my work schedule, I had to miss the last several events featuring Sadao Iizuka, the veteran optical effects expert who worked on numerous Toho films.
The topic of this event was Iizuka-san's work on King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) and Gorath (1962). Unfortunately, I missed this part of the presentation. But I made it in time for the dinner portion of the event. During this time, I talked with one of my friends about a variety of topics, everything from Hammer horror movies to the upcoming Godzilla Resurgence.
I had a great time catching up with many familiar faces, but I wish I'd made it to the main presentation. There's always next time, and more events are on the way. I just hope everything works out next time!
Iizuka-san is well known for animating Godzilla's atomic ray, King Ghidorah's gravity beams, and Ultraman's trademark Specium Ray. But those accomplishments only begin to scratch the surface of a career that began in 1954 and continues to this day!