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Kenpachiro Satsuma entering Godzilla

Satsuma (Center) entering the Godzilla costume on the set of Godzilla vs Mothra (1992).

Kenpachiro Satsuma (born May 27, 1947, in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan) was a Japanese actor who played Gigan in the MST3K experiment Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973) and earlier in Godzilla vs Gigan (1972).

He is best known however, for playing Godzilla in the Heisei series of Godzilla films: (The Return of Godzilla (1984), Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989), Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991), Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992), Godzilla vs. MechaGodzilla II (1993), Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994), and Godzilla vs. Destroyah (1995).) He also played Hedorah in Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971).



While filming Godzilla movies Satsuma would regularly pass out on the set due to lack of oxygen while wearing the poorly ventilated and heavy rubber suits.

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