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Toho Company, Limited (東宝株式会社,   Tōhō Kabushikikaisha), officially stylized TOHO, is a major Japanese film studio. It is headquartered in Chiyoda, Tokyo, and is one of the core companies of the Hankyu Hanshin Toho Group. In the West, it is best known as the producer of many kaiju and tokusatsu movies, the films of Akira Kurosawa, and the anime films of Studio Ghibli, as well as the Pokémon movies.

The company's most famous creation, Godzilla, was co-created by producer Tomoyuki Tanaka.

History[edit | edit source]

The classic TohoScope logo, used for Toho's widescreen movies from 1957 to 1964, and once more in 2004's Godzilla: Final Wars

Toho was founded by the Hankyu Railway in 1932 as the Tokyo-Takarazuka Theater Company. It managed much of the kabuki in Tokyo and, among other properties, the Tokyo Takarazuka Theater and the Imperial Garden Theater in Tokyo; Toho and Shochiku enjoyed a duopoly over theaters in Tokyo for many years.

After several successful film exports to the United States during the 1950s, Toho opened the La Brea Theatre in Los Angeles to show its own films without selling to a distributor. It was known as the Toho Theatre from the late 1960s until the 1970s.[1] Toho also had a theater in San Francisco and opened a theater in New York in 1963.[2]

An offshoot of Toho called Shintoho, was established in 1947 due to labor turmoil at Toho. The company went on to produce a slew of films during its short lifespan and declared bankruptcy in 1961.[3]

They have contributed to the production of some American films, including Sam Raimi's A Simple Plan.

Selected productions[edit | edit source]

1940s[edit | edit source]

1950s[edit | edit source]

1960s[edit | edit source]

1970s[edit | edit source]

1980s[edit | edit source]

  • Gunhed (1989) [co-produced with the Gunhed Production Committee]

1990s[edit | edit source]

2000s[edit | edit source]

​2010s[edit | edit source]

2020s[edit | edit source]

  • Monster Hunter (2020) [co-produced with Constantin Film and Tencent Pictures; also distributed in Japan]
  • Shin Ultraman (2021) [co-produced with Tsuburaya Productions and Khara]

Cancelled films[edit | edit source]

Main article: Category:Unmade Films.

Television[edit | edit source]

Selected distributions[edit | edit source]

Note: This section only lists movies not produced by Toho. All movies produced by Toho in the previous section were also distributed by the company.

1960s[edit | edit source]

1970s[edit | edit source]

1980s[edit | edit source]

1990s[edit | edit source]

2010s[edit | edit source]

2020s[edit | edit source]

Selected staff[edit | edit source]

Producers[edit | edit source]

Directors[edit | edit source]

Writers[edit | edit source]

  • Akira Kurosawa
  • Hayao Miyazaki
  • Ikuma Dam
  • Ishiro Honda
  • Jun Fukuda
  • Kinji Fukasaku
  • Masaaki Tezuka
  • Nobuhiko Obayashi
  • Seishi Yokomizo
  • Shogo Tomiyama
  • Shusuke Kaneko
  • Takao Okawara
  • Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Wataru Mimura

Composers[edit | edit source]

Special effects crew[edit | edit source]

Musical artists[edit | edit source]

  • Asami Abe
  • Masatoh Eve
  • U-Ya Asaoka

Editors[edit | edit source]

  • Akira Kurosawa
  • Nobuhiko Obayashi

Cinematographers[edit | edit source]

Sound department[edit | edit source]

  • Ichiro Minawa
  • Sadamasa Nishimoto
  • Hideyo Sasaki
  • Yuji Tan
  • Hiromi Ogawa
  • Akihiko Okase
  • Naoko Asari
  • Tatsuhiko Sasaki
  • Yoichi Nishimura
  • Kimiko Asakura
  • Haru Yamada
  • Toru Noguchi
  • Satoshi Motoyama

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Toho. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]


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