Eiji Tsuburaya Net Worth

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  • Full Name: Eiji Tsuburaya
  • Net Worth: $5 Million
  • Date Of Birth: July 7, 1901
  • Died: 1970-01-25
  • Place Of Birth: Sugasawa City, Fukushima, Japan
  • Profession: Special Effects, Cinematographer, Producer
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Spouse: Masano Araki
  • Children: Hajime Tsuburaya, Noboru Tsuburaya, Akira Tsuburaya
  • Parents: Isamu Shiraishi, Sei Tsuburaya
  • IMDB: http://imdb.com/name/nm875212
  • Movies: Ultraman, The H-Man, Tomei Ningen, A Page of Madness, Sekido koete
  • TV Shows: Ultraman


  • At the height of special effects productions at Toho, Tsuburaya’s department had over 200 full time employees.
  • A diabetic.
  • Because of his expertise in virtually all phases of film production, during World War II he did extensive work on films that would later be regarded as propaganda. Because of this work, the American Occupation Forces blacklisted him from working in the Japanese motion picture industry.
  • It was not until 1957, after the production of “Sora no daikaiju Rodan” (1956) (U.S.: “Rodan”) that Toho formally organized their Special Techniques Department with Tsuburaya as an official department head.
  • When several studios merged and Toho established their Tokyo Studios, an area on the lot was specifically devoted to “special techniques” (special effects). Tsuburaya was put in charge of this department and became Japan’s first “Director of Special Techniques (Special Effects).”.
  • Is regarded as the “Father of Tokusatsu.” (“Tokusatsu” is the Japanese term for “special effects”).
  • As a trained qualified pilot, he was able to fulfill his military obligation by working as an air courier.
  • His first job was at Tsugishima Manufacturing where he was able to save enough money to fulfill a long-time ambition by attending the Nippon Flying School in Haneda.
  • In 1963, while still head of the special effects department at Toho, he established his own independent production company, Tsuburaya Special Effects Productions. The company started off making science fiction/fantasy productions, requiring many special effects, for television. His sons became heavily involved with the company. Their most successful creation, and one of their earliest, was “Urutoraman: Kuso tokusatsu shirizu” (1966) which they were able to sell internationally under the title “Ultraman.” The series would have various television and feature film incarnations going into the 21st century. The company would later be renamed as simply Tsuburaya Productions.
  • He created the famous Toho Company, Ltd. logo, which has been faithfully recreated in the early 1980s, and in 1992 (for Toho’s 60th Anniversary).
  • He was a pilot and had a personal interest in flying. This has been cited as the reason his flying sequences (planes, flying saucers, and even flying monsters as in “Sora no daikaiju Radon” (1956)) were created with special attention to detail and often utilized a “pilot’s-eye view.” His special effects cinematographer, Sadamasa Arikawa (Teisho Arikawa) was also a pilot and shared his passion for flying which also contributed to the quality of these sequences.
  • Among his final works included exhibits for Expo ’70 (the world’s fair being held that year in Osaka). He died in January before the fair opened.


Special Effects
Title Year Status Character
Urutoraman 1979 special effects supervisor
Urutoraman – Kaijû daikessen 1979 special effects supervisor
The Militarists 1970 special effects director: archive footage – uncredited
All Monsters Attack 1969 special effects
Battle of the Japan Sea 1969 special effects director
Latitude Zero 1969 director of special effects
Rengô kantai shirei chôkan: Yamamoto Isoroku 1968 special effects director
Destroy All Monsters 1968 special effects supervisor
Son of Godzilla 1967 director of special effects
King Kong Escapes 1967 director of special effects
Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster 1966 director of special effects
The War of the Gargantuas 1966 director of special effects
Zero faita dai kûsen 1966 special effects director
Kiganjô no bôken 1966 special effects director – uncredited
Hyappatsu hyakuchu 1965 special effects
Invasion of Astro-Monster 1965 special effects director
Kureji no daiboken 1965 special effects director
Frankenstein Conquers the World 1965 director of special effects
Taiheiyô kiseki no sakusen: Kisuka 1965 director of special effects
City in the Sea 1965 director of special effects: footage taken from the Toho production “Atragon” – uncredited
None But the Brave 1965 special effect director: Toho Special Effects Group
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster 1964 special effects director
Uchû daikaijû Dogora 1964 director of special effects
Mothra vs. Godzilla 1964 director of special effects
Kyô mo ware ôzora ni ari 1964 special effects supervisor
Shikonmado – Dai tatsumaki 1964 special effects director
Atragon 1963 director of special effects
The Lost World of Sinbad 1963 special effects director
Matango 1963 director of special effects
Chintao yôsai bakugeki meirei 1963 special effects director
Attack Squadron! 1963 special effects director
Varan the Unbelievable 1962 director of special effects – Japanese scenes, uncredited
Chûshingura 1962 special effects director
King Kong vs. Godzilla 1962 director of special effects
Gorath 1962 special effects director
Kurenai no sora 1962 special effects director
Sekai daisensô 1961 special effects director
Gen to fudômyô-ô 1961 director of special effects
Blood on the Sea 1961 special effects director
Mothra 1961 special cinematography director
Daredevil in the Castle 1961 director of special effects
The Human Vapor 1960 director of special effects
Hawai Middowei daikaikûsen: Taiheiyô no arashi 1960 special effects director
Densô ningen 1960 director of special effects
Battle in Outer Space 1959 special effects
Nippon tanjô 1959 director of special effects
Sensuikan I-57 kofuku sezu 1959 special effects director
Songoku: The Road to the West 1959 special effects director
Half Human 1958 director of special effects
Daikaijû Baran 1958 director of special effects
The H-Man 1958 director of special effects
Hanayome sanjûsô 1958 special effects
The Mysterians 1957 director of special effects
Throne of Blood 1957 special effects – uncredited
Rodan 1956 director of special effects
Madame White Snake 1956 special effects director
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! 1956 special photographic effects
Ginrin 1955 Documentary short special effects
Meoto zenzai 1955 special effects supervisor – uncredited
Jû jin yuki otoko 1955 director of special effects
Godzilla Raids Again 1955 director of special effects
Tômei ningen 1954 special effects director
Gojira 1954 special effects director
Miyamoto Musashi 1954 special effects – uncredited
Saraba Rabauru 1954 director of special effects
Yama no oto 1954 special effects – uncredited
Aijin 1953 special effects supervisor – uncredited
Taiheiyô no washi 1953 director of special effects
Seishun Zenigata Heiji 1953 special effects – uncredited
Ana-ta-han 1953 special effects
The Man Who Came to Port 1952 special effects supervisor
Ashi ni sawatta onna 1952 special effects supervisor – uncredited
Nangoku no hada 1952 special effects supervisor
Musashino fujin 1951 special effects supervisor – uncredited
Tômei ningen arawaru 1949 special effects supervisor
Hana kurabe tanuki-goten 1949 special effects
Tôhô sen’ichi-ya 1947 special effects supervisor
Urashima Tarô no kôei 1946 special photographic effects
Tokyo gonin otoko 1945 special effects supervisor
Ato ni tsuzuku o shinzu 1945 special effects
Kanjôkai no bara 1945 special effects
Shôri no hi made 1945 special effects
Ikarî no umi 1944 special effects
Kato hayabusa sento-tai 1944 special effects supervisor
Ano hata o ute 1944 special effects
Nepû 1943 special effects
Otoko 1943 special effects supervisor
Bôrô no kesshitai 1943 special effects
Hyoroku yume-monogatari 1943 special effects
Ongaku dai-shingun 1943 special effects
Ahen senso 1943 special effects
Ai no sekai: Yamaneko Tomi no hanashi 1943 special effects
Hawai · Maree oki kaisen 1942 director of special effects
Tsubasa no gaika 1942 special effects
Nankai no hanataba 1942 special photographic effects
Shiroi hekiga 1942 special effects
Enoken no songokû: songokû zenko-hen 1940 special effects supervisor
Kaigun bakugekitai 1940 special effects
Atarashiki tsuchi 1937 director of special effects
Title Year Status Character
Kyôfu gekijô umbalance 1973 TV Series producer – 1 episode
Dokushin no Scat 1970 TV Mini-Series executive producer
Operation: Mystery! TV Series series producer – 26 episodes, 1968 – 1969 producer – 1 episode, 1968
Mighty Jack 1968 TV Movie producer
Ultraman 1967 producer
Urutora sebun 1967 TV Series supervising producer
Urutoraman: Kûsô tokusatsu shirîzu 1966 TV Series supervising producer
Urutora Q 1965 TV Series producer
Title Year Status Character
Tômei ningen 1954
Kodo Nippon 1940 Documentary
Major Nango 1938
Sekido koete 1936 Documentary
Kaguya hime 1935
Hyakuman-nin no gasshô 1935
Nagadosu fukei 1933
Tâbiwarajî kokyo no utâ 1932
Beni-kômori – Dai sampen: Ketsurui Tonami Chôhachirô no maki 1931
Reimei izen 1931
Beni-kômori – Dai nihen: Yûyaku kessen no maki 1931
Beni-kômori – Dai ippen 1931/I
Fubuki ni sakebu ôkami 1931
Seki no yatappe 1930
Shintei Shiobara Tasuke 1930
Nogitsune Sanji 1930
Sanzâ shigure 1929
Azuma otoko 1929
Ningyô bushi 1928
Kirare yosa 1928
Kaitô Samimaro 1928
Ôse no hangoro 1928
Shirai gonachi 1928
Kagaribi 1928
Fûun jôshi 1928
Tenpô hikenrôku 1927
Gekka no kyôto 1927/I
Kômori zoshî 1927
Yâburê amikasâ 1927
Rangûn 1927
Chîgo no kênhô 1927
Giketsu 1925
Enmeiin no semushi-otoko 1924
Title Year Status Character
Major Nango 1938
Sekido koete 1936 Documentary compilation
Camera Department
Title Year Status Character
Kurutta ippêji 1926 assistant camera – as Eiichi Tsuburaya
Awaremi no kyoku 1919 assistant camera
Title Year Status Character
Urutoraman Bui Esu Kamen Raida 1993 TV Movie character: Ultraman
Animation Department
Title Year Status Character
Godzilla: Save the Earth 2004 Video Game character designer: King Ghidorah – uncredited
Title Year Status Character
Kodo Nippon 1940 Documentary
Production Manager
Title Year Status Character
Latitude Zero 1969 production manager
Title Year Status Character
ABCs of Superheroes 2015 Jens thanks
Title Year Status Character
Ultra Q no oyaji 1966 TV Movie documentary Himself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
Nonfiction W 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
ETV tokushû 2007 TV Series documentary Himself