Director Akio Jissoji #3

“Gendai No Shuyaku”; Eiji Tsuburaya, M1 and Ragon; probably it was set to have Eiji interviewed by the kaijus in the living room of his private home in real life

As described in my previous post, Akio Jissoji could be referred to as an unconventional Japanese who didn’t fit in the thoughts and actions shown by others.

With a TV drama titled “Dekkaku Ikiro! (Live Big!)” directed by him that failed to gain popularity and reputation in 1964, he nearly got sidelined and, while thinking to go to France or other European countries to learn about movies with nothing to do at TBS, Hajime Tsuburaya, Eiji’s first son who was with TBS then, suggested Jissoji to join the Television Movie Department saying, “In addition, why don’t you write a script for a tokusatsu show as you should have a lot of time.”

At Hajime’s suggestion, Jissoji wrote scripts titled “Bakutaru (vague)” and “Kiriganai (endless)” for Ultra Q (UNBALANCE), but the episodes were left unproduced unfortunately. “Bakutaru” is said to have been a story about a kaiju which feeds on dreams based on a legendary monster “Baku” alleged to eat people’s dreams while they are asleep. “Kiriganai” was planned to have an amorphous kaiju which comes back to life endlessly every time it is finished off.

 

For the amorphous kaiju, there is a design drawn by Tohl Narita. It is said that “Bakutaru” developed into Ultraman Episode 15 and “Kiriganai” into Ultraman Episode 34 afterwards. Moreover, Ultraman Tiga Episode 40 “Dream” was based on the idea from Jissoji and the kaiju named Bakugon that was to appear in “Bakutaru” was featured.

In 1965, Jissoji played the role of an assistant director for “Supai/Heikosen No Sekai (Spy/The World Of Parallel Lines)” directed by Hajime Tsuburaya. In 1966 the TV documentary “Gendai No Shuyaku/Ultra Q No Oyaji (Starring Role At The Present Time=something like “a man of the hour” in an English expression that is likely to be more ideomatic/Big Daddy Of Ultra Q)” with Eiji Tsuburaya featured won reputation, and he was temporarily transferred to Tsuburaya Productions from TBS while he directed some episodes of “Ultraman” and “Ultraseven,” for which he got known as a highly reputed director.


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