"There is so much writing in English on Japanese cinema that can't be accepted at face value — not because the writers are careless, but because the differences in culture and language are just too intricate. When I see August Ragone's name on a piece of writing, it gives me permission to place my faith in it completely. Among Japanese fantasy film historians, he's the best working in English." —Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog


Sunday, July 10, 2011

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EIJI TSUBURAYA!
July 10, 1901 - January 25, 1970

お誕生日おめでとう、円谷英二様!


With storyboards for BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE (1959). ©Toho

Click here for more about Eiji Tsuburaya, the Father of Japanese Special Visual Effects.

2 comments:

ChrisM said...

so why does the Wikipedia article say that his birthday was on July 7th?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eiji_Tsuburaya

August Ragone said...

Chris,
First off, no one should depend on Wikipedia. Secondly, click the link to go to my earlier birthday posting, where I explain the whole story... (also explained in my book on Eiji Tsuburaya, which is his official and authorized biography). So, please follow the link. The link is your guide...

Cheers,
August