Takeshi Kimura (February 4, 1912 – January 1988) was a Japanese
screenwriter who wrote many films for
Toho studios. Kimura scripted
several films for director Ishirō Honda, including Rodan, The
Mysterians, Matango, Frankenstein Conquers the World, War of the
Gargantuas, King Kong Escapes, and Destroy All Monsters. He was a
member of the
Japanese Communist Party
Japanese Communist Party whose screenplays often
included political themes. His scripts are frequently contrasted with
those written by Shinichi Sekizawa, whose scripts for kaiju films
typically had a more lightweight, "fun" tone.
Kimura considered the screenplay for Ishirō Honda's
Matango to be his
best work, and he considered all of his scripts from Frankenstein
Conquers the World onward to be merely work for hire. To express this
dismissive view of his later work, he started writing under the
pseudonym "Kaoru Mabuchi." He chose the name "Kaoru" to project an
image of anonymity because it can be either a male or female name.
Kimura was known for having a dark and gloomy personality, and he was
reportedly never very close to any of his fellow
Toho employees. He
died from a throat obstruction in his
Tokyo apartment in 1988.
Takeshi Kimura on IMDb
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