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Rest In Peace
February 17, 1923 to December 3, 2000
Jun Fukuda was born on February 17, 1923 in Manchuria and he was a Japanese film director, writer and producer for the Toho Motion Picture Company. Jun Fukuda actually join this motion picture company in 1946 and would eventually venture into the realm of assistant director as well as such people like Hiroshi Inagaki took the young man under his wing and gave him the necessary tools to eventually become a director to several Godzilla films.
It would be by 1959 that Jun Fukuda would begin his career as a full-flexed director. Even though his earlier work was directly direct it towards mystery type movies he would eventually begin to expand into more comedic roles by the middle of the 1960s. He will go on to do films such as Iron Finger which came out in 1965. In and around this time Jun Fukuda was approached and given an opportunity to direct a Godzilla film and that film would be Ebirah: Horror of the Deep or as some would call it in the United States Godzilla Versus the Sea Monster and this particular film would come out in 1966.
It was directed by Jun Fukuda and the soundtrack would naturally be done by Akira Ifukube however he was passed over for this particular film and Masaru Sato would be chosen for this particular film and yes this particular soundtrack is very unique and very 70s in style is one of the soundtrack that you will learn to appreciate. Masaru Sato was chosen as a composer for this film simply because Jun Fukuda was more familiar with his soundtracks or his musical scores.
Jun Fukuda would go on to direct other entries in the Toho vault of films. However he was best known for his work in the Godzilla films. It is a little known fact that Jun Fukuda was that “go to” director for special effects productions after Ishiro Honda stepped out of the limelight. Jun Fukuda also wrote the unproduced invisible man versus the human torch. There’s a little trivia for you.
He would also do another Godzilla film that is called “Son of Godzilla” which came out in 1967. This particular movie was perhaps not the most hated but the weirdest of all movies simply because we have the son of Godzilla showing off without no mother whatsoever in the film there is no connection as to how it suddenly showed up in the film. The next film that he would go on to do in the Godzilla series would be Godzilla versus Gigan which came out in 1972.
This in my opinion is perhaps one of the best ones he has done I am particularly fond of this film as well as Godzilla versus a sea monster which came out in 1966 however there is many famous elements within the film Godzilla versus Gigan. It is the very 1st film were Godzilla actually bleeds and it is the very 1st film that shows a replica or statue or tower that represents Godzilla there is many famous elements in this film.
Jun Fukuda has also directed many Kaiju related TV shows. One being Zone Fighter which came out in 1973. This particular show would have Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Gigan, and other Kaiju’s showing up in this show he would go on to direct some of the shows within this series. The next film in my opinion is a very good film and has a Godzilla suit that is very simple in design but very should child friendly I happen to like this a lot in this movie is cheesy in its own way but in a good way. This particular movie is called Godzilla versus Megalon which came out in 1973.
The next particular Godzilla film that he would go on to do is Godzilla versus Mechagodzilla which came out in 1974 this is the 1st set of 2 movies that would represent a mechanical version of Godzilla. The next film you would think he would have done however it was done by Ishiro Honda and this would be his last film and that would be the Terror of Mechagodzilla came out in 1975 and would in the Showa Series of Godzilla films until 1984. Thus another great pioneer has gone to the stars and has given us many great Godzilla films may he rest in peace for he passed away on December 3, 2000 in Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan.