Takao Okawara

Takao Okawara (大河原 孝夫, Ōkawara Takao, born December 20, 1949 in Tokyo) is a Japanese film director, writer, and producer.


Most famous for his entries in the Heisei Godzilla series, Takao Okawara joined Tōhō in 1973, but would not get his first shot in the director's chair until 1980, when he joined Akira Kurosawa and Ishirō Honda on the film Kagemusha (1980). Four years later, he worked as an assistant director for the first Godzilla film of the Heisei series: The Return of Godzilla (1984). Okawara debuted as primary director seven years later on the film Reiko, the Psyche Resurrected (1991), which he also wrote. His most notable credit is perhaps the crafting the most profitable Godzilla film, Godzilla vs. Mothra, in 1992. The director stated that his work on the first film in the Millennium series, Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999), would be his last for the series. It would also mark the end of his career at Tōhō.


Year Title Director Notes
1973 Tidal Wave Fourth assistant director
1974 Prophecies of Nostradamus Fourth assistant director
1980 Kagemusha Assistant director
1984 The Return of Godzilla Chief assistant director
1987 Goodbye to the Girls Chief assistant director
1989 My Phoenix Assistant director
Buddies Assistant director
1991 Chōshōjo Reiko Yes Writer
Effects director
1992 Godzilla vs. Mothra Yes
Bloody Scary Horror Yes
1993 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II Yes
1994 Yamato Takeru Yes Effects director (uncredited)
1995 Godzilla vs. Destoroyah Yes
1997 Yukai Yes
1999 Godzilla 2000 Yes Story (uncredited)


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