Kenpachirō Satsuma

Name in Native Language: "薩摩剣八郎" (Japanese/JA)
Actor | * 05/27/1947 (75) | Kagoshima (Japan)
Kenpachiro Satsuma (薩摩剣八郎, Satsuma Kenpachirō, born May 27, 1947), born Yasuaki Maeda (前田靖昭, Maeda Yasuaki) is a Japanese actor who portrayed Godzilla in the Heisei films, from 1984 to 1995. Born in Kagoshima Prefecture, Satsuma began his acting career in the 1960s with small roles in samurai films. In 1971 he was offered the role of the smog monster antagonist Hedorah in Godzilla vs. Hedorah, opposite Haruo Nakajima as Godzilla. He went on to play Gigan in two further Godzilla films. When Nakajima retired from the Godzilla role in 1972, substitutes were hired between 1973 and 1975 until Satsuma took over permanently in 1984. His portrayal took the character away from the humour of the character's portrayals over the past decades, returning to the more animalistic Godzilla persona of the original 1954 film. 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... ()
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Kenpachirō Satsuma was born on May 27, 1947 in Kagoshima, Japan. He is an actor, known for portraying Godzilla on screen in various films between 1971, in Godzilla vs. Hedorah, and 1995, in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah.

Most frequent genres for this person: Action | Science Fiction | Horror

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Movies with Kenpachirō Satsuma as Actor(22)

as Himself - Suit Actor2019 The Dawn of Kaiju Eiga
as Ao oni (Blue Ogre)1999 Japanese Hell
as Gojira1992 Godzilla vs. Mothra
as Godzilla1985 Godzilla 1985
as Pulgasari1985 Pulgasari
as Godzilla1984 The Return of Godzilla
1981 Station
as Koizumi's Retainers1979 G.I. Samurai
as Gigan1972 Godzilla vs. Gigan
as Hedorah1971 Godzilla vs. Hedorah

Citizenship: Japan
Born: Tuesday, 05/27 1947 (May) in Kagoshima (Japan) (current age: 75 years + 308 days)
Zodiac sign: Gemini (Chinese zodiac sign: Pig)
Other names for Kenpachirō Satsuma (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Kengo Nakayama"
"さつま けんぱちろう" (Kana/Japanese)
"Kenpachiro Satsuma"
Kenpachirō Satsuma frequently works together with these people:
Tomoyuki Tanaka (15x, Crew)
Koichi Kawakita (10x, Crew)
Teruyoshi Nakano (9x, Crew)
Kazuki Ōmori (7x, Crew)
Megumi Odaka (7x, Actress)
Shogo Tomiyama (7x, Crew)
Akira Ifukube (7x, Crew)
Koichi Ueda (6x, Actor)
Haruo Nakajima (5x, Actor)
Junkichi Orimoto (4x, Actor)
Jun Fukuda (4x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:174207, Added: 07/09/2018, Last updated: 03/27/2023