Narita Takayama Kaijus Filled With Love

The color version of the image previously posted showing Takayama modeling Garamon

The abundant expressiveness of the monsters modeled by Ryosaku Takayama seems to be greatly attributable to the relatively high mobility of the costumes that enabled the actors inside to act quite easily.

It is well known that Takayama’s kaiju costumes were much lighter than the Toho monsters although they failed to win favor with Haruo Nakajima, the original Godzilla actor.

Nakajima says that he found kaiju costumes for TV shows too light lacking in a feeling of massiveness to be expected from monsters.


Alongside the appearances faithfully modeled after the designs drawn by Tohl Narita, they are said to have been made in consideration of the actors who perform inside.

Tetsuo Yamamura says that the costumes made by Takayama were distinctively flexible while the latex surfaces taken out of the mold were attached with another latex and rubber cement instead of adhesive which was normally used by the other modeling workshops leaving the costumes too stiff to act freely when it dried up.

According to him, the inside of each monster was covered with cotton fabric carefully sewed all over the inner side.


There seem to have been people, however, who showed disagreement to TV show kaiju costumes among those involved in modeling film monsters as it looked to them like the latter were being made very easily.

I hear Narita consoled Takayama saying that it should be all right as they were making costumes taking inside actors into account for their own good when they heard criticism about their monsters.

While I think I already wrote about most of the above on this blog before, I find Narita Takayama kaijus were full of love in every aspect.

2 thoughts on “Narita Takayama Kaijus Filled With Love”

  1. Somehow I found myself agreeing with Nakajima in that sometimes Ultraman’s monster don’t really move like enormous creatures like they should. But I don’t think the suits have any responsability in that: more flexibility can’t be an hindrance in any way. I’d say the problem to me lies in how often the kaiju scene are shot at normal speed! Maybe it was a matter of saving running time, though.

    1. My understanding is that they shot special effects scenes including kaijus on 35 mm film, the same as movies, at a high speed and converted them into 16 mm film at a normal speed afterwards while the part featuring human actors was shot on 16 mm film from the beginning.
      But I may be wrong and I’m not sure about technical issues like this.
      So what you said may be the point.

      Thanks for sharing your view from another perspective!

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