Tomoyuki Tanaka has produced at least 200 movies in his lifetime
Tanaka was born in April of 1910 in Kashiwara,Osaka, Japan. He Graduated from Kansai University in 1940 and Became a producer which lead him later on to work at Toho Studios. Within four years of producing, he already started producing his first films. One was a Indonesian-Japanese War movie "Behind the Glory", but an issue raised when the Indonesian government denied Tanaka's crew from making the film. A new film had to be made I order to keep up with the demand.
One day while riding a plane back to Japan, Tanaka looked outside of the window he was seated to. He looked down at the sea and imagined a giant creature come out of it, But that gave Tanaka an idea, what if a Giant Monster awoken by nuclear weapons. At the time monster movies were extremely popular and the horror of nuclear weapons was still a very fresh in the minds of the Japanese, it was perfect.
He named the movie "Gojira", which is the two Japanese words gorilla and whale. It became a huge hit at the blockbuster. Thanks to this, executive producer Iwao Mori asked Tanaka to make another one. Eventually a year later the sequel to Tanaka's Gojira was released into theaters.
Thanks to the success of Gojira and it's sequel, Tanaka began producing more and more science-fictional films like The Mysterians and Atragon.