|Above, J. D. Lees and Yoshimitsu Banno at G-FEST in 2005. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
The Hollywood Reporter posted an obituary article on the passing of Godzilla vs. Hedorah director Yoshimitsu Banno.
It begins with:
Japanese director Yoshimitsu Banno, who made his debut with Godzilla vs. Hedorah in 1971, died of a subarachnoid hemorrhage at his home in Kawasaki on Sunday. He was 86.
Released in the U.S. in 1972 as Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster, the film was the 11th in the Godzilla series and featured an anti-pollution message, following the anti-nuclear messages of the earlier films.The article also noted that Banno was a four-time assistant director to Akira Kurosawa.
To read the article, go here.