May 7th in Ohtsuna, Asahi-mura, Higashitagawa-gun, Yamagata prefecture,
the youngest child of Father Houkan, who was the chief Buddhist priest
at Chuurenji temple in Yudono-san, and Mother Miyo. He had 3 older
brothers and 1 older sister, and having been born the fourth son in the
year of the pig/boar, he was named Ishiro (the kanji characters of his
name signify gboarh and gfourth sonh) His family had been priests
for generations and their lives were devoted half to agriculture and
half to the priesthood.
in 3rd grade, his Father became the chief priest for Iouji temple in
Takaido, Tokyo and the entire family moved to the city, where he
attended Takaido Elementary school. Later, the family moved to
Kanagawa prefecture where he entered Kougyokusha Middle School (now
Kougyokusha Garden). Throughout elementary and middle school, he
enjoyed youth and science magazines. He
also encountered film for the first time at a touring elementary school
film screening, making a great impact on young Ishiro.
point he viewed a variety of films, mainly gcliffhangersh which were
popular at the time. He was especially impressed by Friedrich
Wilhelm Murnaufs gThe Last Laughh (1926) starring Emil Jannings and
narrated by Musei Tokugawa.
|Graduated Kougyokusha Middle School.
the world and possibility of film, which was called gthe eighth arth,
he enrolled in the newly established Nihon University Art Departmentfs
Film Department as part of the very first group of students.
|P.C.L (Photo Chemical Laboratory), which is now Toho, opens and begins film production.
by Iwao Mori, an executive of P.C.L. as well as a lecturer at Nihon
University Film Department, he participated in a youth film gathering
formed to train and cultivate new talent. Along with Senkichi
Taniguchi and Fumio Kamei, he became a disciple of Mori.
August prior to graduating Nihon University, as part of a group invited
by Mori, he was employed by P.C.L. Film Production Department.
Belonging to the Production Department Directing Section, he worked for
the first time as an assistant director for Director Sotoji Kimura on
gTadano Bonji Jinsei Benkyoh.
|Passed the physical examination given at conscription as gA-gradeh.
During filming of gEnoken no Seishun Suikodenh, met Director Kajiro Yamamoto under
whom he later studied. He also acted as the third, then second
assistant director for Director Shigeo Yagura on gKinu no Dorogutsuh
and Director Mikio Naruse on gOtome Gokoro Sannin Shimaih.
|January - Enlisted in the First Regiment Infantry - First Army Division First Regiment Fifth Company.
|February – Encounterd the 2.26 (February 26) Incident, an attempted coup dfetat raised by young radical Army officers.
May – Dispatched to Manchuria. This is the same time when Toho films, under P.C.L. was established.
– Sent home on leave. Returned to the film studio, and
participated in the production of Kajiro Yamamotofs gOtto no
Teisouh. Met Akira Kurosawa, who was a fellow assistant director
on the same film, who turned out to be a life-long friend.
to work as a second assistant director on Yamamotofs gEnoken no
chakkiri Kinta (Parts 1 & 2)h, as well as an aid on
Director Sadao Yamanakafs gNinjo kamifuusenh. Also worked on
Kajiro Yamamotofs gUtsukushiki Takah and Mikio Narusefs gNadareh.
working on Director Eisuke Takizawafs gChinetsuh (chief: Kurosawa,
second: Honda), Director Mansaku Itamifs gKyojindenh, Kajiro Yamamotofs
gTojuro no Koih and Mikio Narusefs gTsuruhachi Tsurujirouh, he was
promoted to chief assistant director on Director Takeshi Satofs
gChocolate to Heitaih.
|March – Married Kimi, who was a scriptor at the time.
on Takeshi Satofs gSara Otomeh, Director Hideo Ogunifs gRoppa Uta no
Miyako e Yukuh, Kajiro Yamamotofs gEnoken no Zangiri Kintah.
During the filming of Yamamotofs gUmah in December, he was called back to active duty in the Army.
Once again departed for the Chinese front, and viewed the completed gUmah while out on the front.
|First child, daughter Takako born.
|Submited gSenchi Dayorih for gToho Eiga Sanpou Kaihouh.
December - Returned home on leave from the military.
to the film studio sets. Acted as chief assistant director on
Kajiro Yamamotofs gKato Hayabusa Sentou-taih. The shooting
continued through March of the following year. This also was the
year Toho Co., Ltd. was established.
|March – Along with the completion of gKato Hayabusa Sentou-taih, once again he is called back to duty by the Army.
Second child, first son Ryuji born
|August – War ends as he is in Jianghan by the Han River, a left tributary of the Yangtze River.
|March – Repatriation after approximately 6 months of being a Prisoner Of War.
Returned to Tohofs filming – assistant director department in the midst of their first quarrel strike.
Worked on Director Motoyoshi Odafs gJuuichinin no Jogakuseih (first division) and Director Kunio Watanabefs gAi no Sengenh
on gChikagai Nijyuuyojikanh, a collaboration work by Directors Tadashi
Imai, Hideo Sekikawa and Kiyoshi Kusuda, Kajiro Yamamotofs gEnoken
Roppa no Shin-baka Jidai (Parts 1 & 2)h and gHaru no Tawamureh.
working on Kajiro Yamamotofs gKaze no Koh (the first Eiga Geijutsu
Kyoukai work), he directed the documentary gIse Shimah. Then after
working on Kajiro Yamamotofs gHaru no Tawamureh, acted as the aide to
director on Akira Kurosawafs gStray Dogh. On this film he also
was in charge of location filming for the B-team, and directed the
scene where you see Toshiro Mifune from behind as he walks through
|Directed cultural film gSeikatsu Kyoudou Kumiaih.
Acted as the advisor to the director on Kajiro Yamamotofs gDatsugokuh.
on Kajiro Yamamotofs gElegy", and in August, made his
long-wished for directorial debut with the project gThe
His Occasional Thoughts titled gSojou no Koih presented in Minami Nihon Newspaper.
a symposium called gEiga no Meijingei (Masterful Performances in Film)h
for the September issue of gMaruh with Kozaburo Yoshimura, Akira
Kurosawa, Keinosuke Nanbu and Iwao Mori.
titled "Konna Eiga ga Tsukuraereru Jikaisaku wo Kiku" (This Kind of
Film Will Be Made Next--Hearing About the Next Work) about Honda's
debut work "Aoi Shinju" (The Blue Pearl), published in the June issue
of "Eiga Fan"
|2nd directorial film gThe Skin of the Southh
3rd directorial film gThe Man Who Came to Porth, during which he met Tomoyuki Tanaka and Eiji Tsuburaya.
Wrote essay titled gUmi no Eigah for gTokushinbunkah.
|4th directorial film gAdolescence Part IIh
5th directorial film gThe Eagle of the Pacifich, with which he teamed up with Eiji Tsuburaya on a full scale
his reply for gKinema Junpouh Fall issue gAnkeito Keishiki ni Yoru
Shinjin Kantoku Kaigi (New Directors Conference in Questionnaire
Format)h. Wrote and submitted gShousan Naki Tatakai (Fight
Without Prospects of Victory)h for the December issue of gEiga fanh as
a resolution piece to follow gThe Eagle of the Pacifich.
|6th directorial film gFarewell Rabaulh
7th directorial film gGodzillah
|8th directorial film gLove Makeuph
9th directorial film gMother and Sonh
10th directorial film gHalf Humanh
|11th directorial film gYoung Treeh
12th directorial film gNight Schoolh (Daiei)
13th directorial film gPeople of Tokyo, Goodbyeh
14th directorial film gRodan, The Flying Monsterh (first color work)
|15th directorial film gGood Luck to These Twoh
16th directorial film gA Teapickerfs Song of Goodbyeh
17th directorial film gA Rainbow Plays in My Hearth (2-part film)
18th directorial film gA Farewell to the Woman Called My Sisterh
19th directorial film gThe Mysteriansh (first widescreen film)
text titled gKantoku no Kotoba (Words of the Director)h for article
gShuyaku no Hyojo – Kochi Momoko -- Waga Mune ni Niji wa Kiezuh
(Expressions of a Leading Actor – Momoko Kochi -- A Rainbow Plays In My
Hearth) published in the June 24th issue of gShukan Shinchoh.
|20th directorial film gSong for a Brideh
21st directorial film gThe H-Manh
22nd directorial film gVaran The Unbelievableh
reply to gQuestionnaire – Waga Guntai Seikatsu no Omoide (Memories of
Our War-Time Life)h for the October issue of gTokushu Maru Dai 9shu
Nihon Rikukaigun Senshi (Maru Special 9th Compilation – Japanese Army
Navy Military History)h (publisher: Ushioshobo).
|23rd directorial film gAn Echo Calls Youh
24th directorial film gInao Story of an Iron Armh
25th directorial film gSeniors, Juniors, Co-Workersh
26th directorial film gBattle in Outer Spaceh
|27th directorial film gThe Human Vaporh
the Japanese version of a joint Finnish and Soviet production titled
gSampo / The Day the Earth Frozeh (released in 1962).
article for 6/8th Tokyo Newspaper PM edition on gSampoh as well as the
next project due titled gKyou mo Ware Ouzora ni Ari / Tiger Flighth.
|28th directorial film gMothrah
29th directorial film gThe Scarlet Manh
a symposium for gSF Magazinefs December issue (publisher: Hayakawa
Shobo) titled gEiga/ SF wa SF / Eiga ni Nani wo Kitai Dekiruka (Film /
SF is SF / What Can be Expected Out of Film)h with Eiji Tsuburaya, Kobo
Abe and Yo Sano.
|30th directorial film gGorathh
31st directorial film gKing Kong vs. Godzillah
release of gSampo / The Day the Earth Frozeh, wrote an essay for the
film pamphlet titled ghSampoh Sono Tokushu Satsuei (hSampoh and its SFX
|32nd directorial film gMatango" (Attack of the Mushroom People)
33rd directorial film gAtragon
|34th directorial film gMothra vs. Godzilla" (Godzilla vs the Thing)
35th directorial film gSpace Monster Dogora" (Dagora, The Space Monster)
directorial film gGhidrah, The Three-Headed Monster"
|37th directorial film gFrankenstien vs. Baragon" (Frankenstein Conquers the World)
38th directorial film gInvasion of Astro-Monster" (Monster Zero)
Wrote article gKuusou Eiga no Tanoshisa (The Fun of Fantasy Film)h for gToho Eigah February issue.
reply to a survey titled gDai issen kantoku wa ima kō kangaeru –
kinjōhōkokutokushū (This is the current thinking of a forefront
director – current events special)h
|39th directorial film gThe War of the Gargantuash
40th directorial film gCome Marry Meh
an essay titled gIanfu Gakari Gunsou no Kaisou (A Sergeantfs
Reflections on Comfort Women)h for the April issue of gEiga geijutsuh.
talk session with Kumi Mizuno titled gEiga no Omoshirosa wa Tokusatsu
Monode! (The Fun of Film is in SFX!) is published in the June issue of
Directed TV drama gShinkon-sanh episodes 10 & 14, aired the following year.
|41st directorial film gKing Kong Escapesh
|42nd directorial film gDestroy All Monstersh
Essay gMirai Ningen wo Tsukuru (Making People of the Future)h published in the July issue of gToho Eigah.
|43rd directorial film gLatitude Zeroh
44th directorial film gAll Monsters Attack" (Godzilla's Revenge)
Directed TV drama gOttoyo Otokoyo Tsuyokunareh eposides 5 & 12.
|January 25th – Eiji Tsuburaya passes away (at age 69).
45th directorial film gSpace Amoeba" (Yog, Monster From Space)
gKo Tsuburaya Kantoku wo Itamu (Mourning the Late Director Tsuburaya)h
for the March issue of gHouenh and gTokusatsu no Majutsushi – Tsuburaya
Oyaji (The Magician of SFX – Tsuburaya)h for the April issue of gBungei
TV series gKaettekita Urutoraman (Return of Ultraman)h episodes 1, 2, 7
& 9 as well as gMiraaman (Mirrorman)h episodes 1 & 2.
TV series gKaettekita Urutoraman (Return of Ultraman)h episode 51 (the
last episode), gKinkyuu shirei 10-4 10-10h episodes 5, 6, 20 & 21,
gSandaa Masuku (Thundermask)h episodes 1, 2, 4, 5, 14 & 15.
March – gMIraaman (Mirrorman)h episode 1 shown in the movie theater as part of the Toho Champion Matsuri (festival).
|Directed TV series gRyuusei Ningen Zone (Meteor Human Zone) / Zone Fighterh episodes 3, 4, 12, 13, 18, 19 & 23.
as a writer for the book gTsuburaya Eiji – Nihon eigakai ni nokoshita
isan – Gojira no Omoideh (Eiji Tsuburaya – An Inheritence Left to
Japanfs Film Industry – Memories of Godzilla) (publisher: Shogakukan).
|46th and last directorial film gTerror of Mechagodzillah (released in 1975)
Also wrote gTokusatsu Eiga no Tanoshisa (The Fun of SFX Film)h for the pamphlet of this film.
September 21st – Kajiro Yamamoto passes away (at age 72).
in a symposium titled "Gojira no koro - nihon tokusatsu kaiju eiga no
keifu (Back in the Time of Godzilla - the Genealogy of Japan's SFX
Monster Films)" with Sakyo Komatsu, Tomoyuki Tanaka, Noboru Tsuburaya,
Kuichiro Kishida, Jun Fukuda and Mitoshi Ishigami at The 2nd Annual
Japan SF Show, held November 3rd at Kinuta Kumin-Kaikan, Setagaya,
as a writer and submits gGojira no Shuuhen (Environs of Godzilla)h for
the book gAsahi Sonorama Fantasutikku Korekushon No. 5 – Tokusatsu Eizo
no Kyosei – Gojirah (Asahi Sonoroma Fantastic Collection No. 28 -
Giant Star of SFX Film – Godzilla)
|Acted as Chief of Directing Department for Akira Kurosawafs gKagemushah (released in 1980)
Supervised a research book titled gDaitokusatsu (Ultra SFX) – Colossus Editionh (publisher: Yubunsha).
titled gHonda Ishiro – Waga Sakuhin wo Kataru (Ishiro Honda – Discusses
His Own Works)h is published in gSTARBOY Extra No. 1 (Winkle June
special edition / publisher: Kasakura)
Interview in a special issue of fanzine "FERAS" published in July.
short interview titled "Tsuburaya Eiji no Shōgai wo Eigaka Suru Tame no
Ikutsuka no Shiryō (A Few Materials Useful in Making Eiji
Tsuburaya's Life Story into a Film)" published in monthly Manga Shōnen
magazine's supplement issue "Subarashiki Tokusatsu Eizō no Sekai
(The Wonderful World of Special Effects Film)" (publisher: Asahi
(Q&A form, in director's own handwriting) in a September issue of
fanzine "NEO FERAS supplement vol. 1 - RodanEMothra Story Board
15th – Is invited and appears in a talk show with Akihiko Hirata in The
1st SFX Convention, held in Nakano, Tokyo, which was organized by an
message in writing titled gWakai me! (Young sprout!)h for the film
pamphlet of director Takashige Ichisefs independent film gRisokyo
Densetsu (Legend of Utopia)h
21st – Is invited to The 2nd SFX Convention, following the prior yearfs
attendance, and acts as a judge and presenter for the independent film
gWatashi to Tokusatsu Eiga (Me and SFX films)h for the book gToho Tokusatsu Zenshi (Toho SFX Complete Story)h (publisher: Toho)
5th – Wrote gIfukube Ongaku no Omoide (Memories of Ifukube Music)h for
a pamphlet of a concert held at the Hibiya Kokaido titled gIfukube
Akira: SF Tokusatsu Eigaongaku no Yuube (Akira Ifukube: an Evening of
SFX Film Music)h
article titled "Wakai Fan wa Atarashī Nihonsei no Tokusatsu Eiga wo
Taibo Shiteiru (Young Fans are Expectantly Waiting for New Types
of Japanese SFX Films)" for the mook "Super Visual Series Gojira"
issued in December (publisher: Tokuma Shoten).
an interview comment for article titled gManatsu no Hīro Daishugo! – 3
(Assembly of Monsters, The Heroes of Summer – 3)h regarding Rikidozan
and Godzilla in the 8/22-8/29 issue of Shukan Taishu.
as the Advisor to the Director on Akira Kurosawafs gRanh. (Film
footage of him on the set can be seen in the Akira Kurosawa
documentary titled gA.K.h by Director Chris Marker, released 1985.)
charge of production and direction of the home video series gToho
Kaijuu – SF Daihyakka (Toho Monsters – SF Ultimate Study)h 11 volumes
(Toho Video), which were released from January to September.
interview by Toshio Sakai titled gTokusatsu wo Meguru Hitobito – Honda
Ishiro (People Surrounding the World of SFX – Ishiro Honda)h featured
in magazine gUchuusenh issues 18-22.
December – Book titled
gGodzilla Collectionh (editor: Hiroshi Takeuchi / publisher: Kokusho
kankoukai) released, a collection of restored materials, which was
supervised by Honda.
a message titled "Hirata Akihiko-kun" to a memorial special issue of
fanzine "Nekoteitsushin 2nd series (Hirata Akihiko Memorial Issue)"
published in August.
interviews by Takeshi Narumi and others published in gToho SF Tokusatsu
Eiga Series – vol. 2-5 (Toho SFX Film Series vol. 2-5)h (publisher:
Toho), which is released the following year.
|Made a special appearance in Director Nobuhiko Oobayashifs gHyouryuu Kyoushitsu (The Drifting Classroom)h. (Not credited)
footage of Honda seen in home video gTokusatsu Mishiyou Firumu
Daizenshuu (SFX Unused Film Ultimate Collection)h (Toho video).
|Played the role of a priest during a wedding scene in Director Eiji Yamana's film "Yarutokya yaruze - COME BACK HERO -"|
|Made a special appearance with dialogue in Nobuhiko Oobayashifs gIjintachi Tono Natsu / The Discarnatesh
article gSeishun Katto Bakku (Adolescence Cut Back)h for the second
volume of the December issue of gZenshuu Kurosawa Akira (Akira Kurosawa Complete Collection)h (publisher: Iwanami Shoten).
as Advisor to the Director on Akira Kurosawafs gDreamsh.
(Film footage of him on the set can be seen in the making-of
documentary titled gMaking of Dreams – Kurosawa AkiraEOobayashi
Nobuhiko eigateki taiwa [Film Dialogues: A. KurosawaEN. Oobayashi]h by
Director Nobuhiko Oobayashi, released 1990)
Wrote the foreword for Yuji Kaida book of paintings titled gKaijuu Giga (Monster Cartoons)h (publisher: Bandai).
|Acted as Advisor to the Director on Akira Kurosawafs gRhapsody In Augusth (released 1991).
mini talk session titled gTsugi no Gojira wa Ore ga Toru! Honda
Ishirō vs Alex Cox" (The Next Godzilla will be Directed by Me!
Ishirō Honda vs Alex Cox) published in the 1/15 double issue of BRUTUS
in a Directors Guild of Japan documentary footage series titled "Senpai
kantoku interview waga eiga jinsei (Senior Film Directors Interview -
Our Lives in Film)" (with Yoshimitsu Banno/recorded January 24th),
which aired repeatedly on various CS (Communication Satellite) film
a series of essays titled gMovie Yawa (Evening Talks on Film)h for a
Sapporo mini community magazine gGomoku Eiga Tuushin (Mixed Film
News)h. (Discontinued after the 8th essay published in the March
issue of 1993)
Interview by Tatsuya Masutou published in gPIA CINEMA CLUB f90 Hougahen (Japanese film edition)h.
essay titled gMiso Chou (Miso Note)h for the March issue of gShousetsu
CLUB (Novel Club)h as well as an end-of-book essay for Takeshi Narumifs
novel gShuranosukeshinmakenh volume 4 (publisher: Kadokawa Shoten).
the Sony PCL 40th Commemoration Event "Kurosawa Akira to wakamonotachi
tono taiwa (Dialogues with Akira Kurosawa and the Youth)" held at Asahi
Hall in Yurakucho, Tokyo on April 11th with Director Akira
Kurosawa. Footages from a Q&A held after the premier
screening of "Rhapsody In August" aired on June 9th on NHK-BS2 channel
in a program titled "Kurosawa Akira no subete - Kurosawa kantoku "sekai
no wakamono to kataru (All About Akira Kurosawa - Director Kurosawa
Speaks with the Youth of the World)". This program has been
re-broadcasted repeatedly since.
session with Yoji Yamada held for gKinema Junpouh first half of June
issue gHachigatsu no Rapusodii – Kurosawa eiga no miryoku wo kataru
(Rhapsody in August – Discussion on the Charm of Kurosawa Films)h.
September 22nd – Invited to give a lecture at the gFuruyu Eigasai (Furuyu film festival)h held in Fujicho, Saga prefecture.
wo Tsukutta Kantokutachi no Jidai – Honda Ishiro to Oomori Kazuki no
taiwa (Times of the Directors Who Made Godzilla – Dialogues with Ishiro
Honda and Kazuki Omori)h (publisher: Furuyu Eigasai) published in the
latter half of December issue of gKinema Junpouh.
appearance on TV Asahifs gTonighth, which aired December 12th for a
special program on gGodzilla vs. King
Interview featured in the December issue of Mookfs
gToho Kaijuu Gurafitii (Toho Monster Graffiti)h (publisher: Kindai EigashaEScreen Tokuhenban).
|Acted as Advisor to the Director on Akira Kurosawafs gMaadadayoh (released 1993).
session with Hisashi Inoue titled gEiga Gojira to Watashi no Seishun
(My Youth Days and the Film Godzilla) published in the February issue
of gOru Yomimono (All Reading Materials) g.
Interview gKaijuu Eiga to Genshibakudan – Honda Ishiro Kantoku wo Kakonde (Monster Films
and the Atomic Bomb – Surrounding Director Ishiro Honda)h published in
gKurosawa Akira Kenkyuukaishi No. 10 (Akira Kurosawa Research Group Magazine No. 10)h.
Wrote an introduction for article titled
gJinbutsu Waido – Nyuusu na Otoko to Onna (Character Wide – Men and Women in News)h for gShuukan Gendaih July 25th issue.
– Research book by Naofumi Higuchi titled gGood Morning, Gojira –
Kantoku Honda Ishiro to Satsueijo no Jidai (Good Morning, Godzilla –
Director Ishiro Honda And The Film Studio Days)h (publisher:
||February 28th 11:30am – Ishiro Honda passes away due to respiratory failure (at age 81).
March 6th – A non-secular memorial service held at Joushouji Kaikan in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan.
recorded interview featured in gToho SF Tokusatsu Eiga Series vol.
7 – Gojira vs Mosura (Toho SFX Film Series Vol. 7 Godzilla VS Mothra)h,
published in January.
A TV Asahi special memorial program gM10h aired March 11th.
article gSaraba Gojira no Chichi - Honda Ishiro (Goodbye to the Father
of Godzilla – Ishiro Honda)h published in the March 18th issue of
article gTsuitou – Honda Ishiro Kantoku Arigatou, Gojira wa Eien Nifumetsu Desu! (Memorial – Thank You,
Director Ishiro Honda, Godzilla is Forever Immortal!)h published in the
March 23rd issue of gShuukan Playboyh.
Memorial article by Jun Kobayashi published in the latter half of April issue of gKinema Junpouh.
April 17th – theatrical release of his last work gMaadadayoh.
memorial article written by Susumu Shimokawa in the April issue of
fanzine "Voice Last Issue - Ishiro Honda Special" and a complete
transcript of a lecture (talk session with critic Yuichiro Nishimura)
held at the 8th Furuyu Film Festival in 1991 published.
– laser disc release of gStray Dogh. A commentary text he wrote
titled gNorainu no omoide (Memories of Stray Dog)h becomes his last
Memorial article by Shinsuke Nakajima published in the June issue of gGekkan New Typeh, which was on sale May 10th.
17th – release of Nobuhiko Oobayashifs gMizu no tabibito – Samurai KIDS
(The Water Traveler)h, in which Honda makes an appearance in a
October – TV Asahi group program gOdoroki Momonoki 20 seiki – Gojira no Tanjou (Surprise Peach Tree 20th Century
– The Birth of Godzilla)h airs.
Memorial article by Teruyoshi
Nakano and Koji Kajita featured in gToho SF Tokusatsu Eiga Series vol.
8 – Gojira vs Mekagojira (Toho SFX Film Series Vol. 8 Godzilla VS
Mechagodzilla)h, published in December.
A never-published long
interview featured as part of a memorial project in gGojira Daihyakka –
Mekagojira hen (Encyclopedia Of Godzilla – Mechagodzilla Edition)h
– A special screening of independent films held at Studio AMS in
Sangenjaya, Tokyo, called gKenshou! Nihon no Eiga Kantokutachi vol. 17
– Honda Ishiro Tokushuu (Investigation! Film Directors of Japan Vol. 17
– Ishiro Honda Special)h PART 1-3 held.
December - A collection of
interviews with Honda during his life titled gHonda Ishiro – Gjira to
waga eiga jinsei (Ishiro Honda - gGodzillah And My Life In Film)h
(publisher: Jitsugyononihonsha) published.
||September 6th – Akira Kurosawa passes away (at age 88).
- Book by Hiroshi Takeuchi titled gHonda Ishiro Zen Shigoto (Ishiro
Hondafs Complete Works)h (publisher: Sonorama) published.
transcription of a lecture Honda made at a screening held at Tokyo
Genzousho (now Imagica) in 1987 featured in the commentary booklet of
the CD box set gToho Tokusatsu Champion Matsurih (Vap).
wo Tsukutta Otokotachi – Honda Ishiro Monogatari (Men Who Made Godzilla
– The Ishiro Honda Story)h (zen & go (part 1&2) by Kazuya
Yasutaku published in gShuukan Shounen Magajinh vol. 52 which went on
sale in November and in 2002 vol. 1 which went on sale on December 5th.
transcription of a discussion group Honda participated in between Akira
Kurosawa, Keinosuke Uegusa and Teruyo Nogami titled "Youshouki no Kioku
"Gama no abura" no Tame no Koudankai (Memories of Childhood, Discussion
Group for "Gama no abura")" published in KineJunMook "Kurosawa Akira:
Tensai no kurou to souzou (Akira Kurosawa: The Hardships and Creations
of a Genius)" (publisher: Kinema Junposha).
- gEiga wo tazunete – Inoue Hisashi Taidanshuu (Visiting Film –
Hisaishi Inouefs Conversations)h (publisher: Chikumashobo) published,
which features a conversation with Honda held in 1992.
||February – official website gishirohonda.comh established.
|2008||November - English version of official website is established.|
October, the broadcast of gCentennial Anniversary Program: This
is Ishirō Honda Laboratory!h commences via 25 community FM stations
around the nation.|
On November 6th, a talk show / screening /
exhibition titled gCentennial Anniversary Event: Ishirō Honda,
'Godzilla' and Life in Filmh was held at Kitakata-shi, Fukushima
prefecture with their community FM station gKITAKATA CITY FMh.
December 8th, the book gGojira to Waga Eiga Jinsei (Godzilla and My
Life in Film)h is put back in print by Wani Books PLUS Shinso.
|2011||On January 16th, a centennial anniversary pre-event celebration is held at the gAsagaya Lofth in Tokyo.|
Special centennial anniversary website ghondaishiro100.comh launches on January 17th.
5th - A three-part event composed of talk show, concert and screening
titled "Idai na Eigajin no Sokuseki: Honda Ishiro Seitan 100nen -
Gojira ni Kami wo Yadoshita Otoko - (The Footprints of a Great
Film Maker: Ishirō Honda 100 Year Centennial - The Man Who Put
Spirit into Godzilla -" was held at the 2011 Chōfu Film Festival
(venue: Chōfushi Bunkakaikan Tazukuri).
June - A reprint of the
book "Good Morning Godzilla - Director Ishiro Honda and an Era at the
Film Studio" (author: Naofumi Higuchi) is made available again by