Monster suit- and model-maker Eizo Kaimai passed away of leukemia at his Setagaya Ward home on April 24. He was 90.
Born in 1929, Kaimai joined the production of the original Godzilla (1954) to help build the Godzilla suit, working closely with Teizo Toshimitsu and the other sculptors. Kaimai would go on to work on many of the tokusatsu classics of Toho’s golden age, such as Rodan (1956), The Mysterians (1957), Mothra (1961), King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), and Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964), before founding his own production company, Kaimai Productions, in 1966. He would continue working on kaiju films while also moving over to television productions like Ultra Q (1966) and Return of Ultraman (1971-72).
A private funeral was already held, but plans for a farewell party are under way.
RIP, Mr. Kaimai. He will be missed.