Kenpachiro Satsuma

Kenpachiro Satsuma (薩摩剣八郎, Satsuma Kenpachirō) (born May 27, 1947, in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese actor. He is probably best known for playing Godzilla in the Heisei series of Godzilla films (1984–1995), but played other giant monsters (daikaijū) like Gigan and Hedorah.[1] While filming Godzilla movies, Satsuma would regularly pass out on the set due to lack of oxygen while wearing the poorly ventilated and rubber suits; this was especially a problem during production of Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, in which the steam effect on the suit (meant to represent Godzilla going into meltdown) was achieved using pure carbon dioxide.[2]



  1. ^ "Kenpachiro Satsuma, best known as the Heisei era Godzilla". DC. 26 October 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Split Screen: The men behind the masks". Yahoo! Movies. 26 October 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2012.

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