Godzilla series SFX director Teruyoshi Nakano. Photo by Brett Homenick.
After work was finished, I was able to join another dinner with the great Teruyoshi Nakano and Takashi Naganuma. Nakano-san was the SFX director for the Godzilla series from Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster (1971) through Godzilla 1985 (1984). He also worked under the legendary Eiji Tsuburaya as an assistant SFX director on many Toho classics.
Nakano-san is always a lot of fun to talk to, and he seems to enjoy having a chance to use a few English phrases. I particularly enjoyed talking with him about Toho's Bloodthirsty trilogy, a particular favorite of mine.
Toho model-maker Takashi Naganuma. Photo by Brett Homenick.
Born in Niigata Prefecture in 1947, Takashi Naganuma began his Toho SFX career with Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973) and finished with Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992). His work at Toho focused on mechanical miniatures, and he produced all the JSDF weaponry seen in Godzilla 1985.
Like Nakano-san, Naganuma-san is a always a blast to hang out with. It was certainly great to see these two gentlemen again. Let's do it again soon!