Toho Champion Festival

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The Toho Champion Festival (東宝チャンピオンまつり,   Tōhō Chanpion Matsuri) was a Japanese film campaign held by Toho between 1969 and 1978. Kicked off by the release of All Monsters Attack and primarily aimed at children, it re-released and facilitated the new releases of Japanese films at times during the spring, summer, and winter when school was not in session.[1] Included among the festival's featured releases were every Godzilla film between 1969 and 1975, along with several of the company's other tokusatsu films. Some television series episodes were also given theatrical runs, such as those of Tsuburaya's Ultraman Taro and Mirror Man, or Toho's own Warrior of Love Rainbowman. The 1976 Spring Champion Festival was the only event that did not feature a kaiju film; instead, Disney's Peter Pan was the main feature, accompanied by Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck shorts.

The festival also served as a competitor to the Toei Manga Festival, which began six years prior in 1963 and similarly screened movies and television episodes primarily produced by Toei.


Year Lineup
Spring Summer Winter
1969 N/A N/A
December 10[2]
March 21[3]
August 1[4]
  • Space Amoeba
  • Star of the Giants: Fateful Showdown
  • Attack No. 1: The Tearful Roll Reception
  • The Ugly Duckling
December 19[5]
  • Mothra vs. Godzilla
  • The Fragile Planet
  • Attack No. 1: The Tearful World Championship
  • The Adventures of Hutch the Honeybee
March 17[6]
July 24[7]
December 12[8]
March 12[9]
July 22[10]
December 17[11]
March 17[12]
July 28[13]
December 20[14]
March 21[15]
December 14[16]
March 15[17]
  • Terror of Mechagodzilla
  • New Hakkenden: Part I - The Duel at Horyukaku
  • A Gift from Agnes
  • Heidi, Girl of the Alps: The Mountain Children
  • Gon, the Stone-Age Boy: Mammogar
  • Sazae-san: Reading My Farewell Speech!
March 13[18]
  • Peter Pan
  • Mickey's Circus
  • Lion Around
  • Dragon Around
  • No Sail
  • Original Genius Bakabon
  • Brave Raideen
  • Time Bokan
March 19[18]
March 18[19]
  • The Mysterians
  • Lupin III: The Venice Super Express
  • New Star of the Giants: The Walk-On Player Caught in a Storm
  • Nobody's Boy: Remi - My First Friend, Grace
  • Japanese Folklore Tales: Princess Kaguya

Selected attendance

Year Film Attendants[20]
1969 All Monsters Attack 1,480,000
1970 King Kong vs. Godzilla 870,000
Mothra vs. Godzilla 730,000
1971 The Great Monster War: King Ghidorah vs. Godzilla 1,350,000
Godzilla vs. Hedorah 1,740,000
Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: The Greatest Battle on Earth 1,090,000
1972 Godzilla vs. Gigan 1,780,000
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep 780,000
1973 Godzilla vs. Megalon 980,000
Son of Godzilla 610,000
1974 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 1,330,000
1975 Terror of Mechagodzilla 970,000
1977 King Kong vs. Godzilla 480,000



All Monsters Attack trailer
with announcement
1971 Toho Champion Festival Invasion of Astro-Monster re-release trailer
1971 Toho Champion Festival Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster re-release trailer
1972 Toho Champion Festival
Destroy All Monsters re-release trailer
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla announcement


Opening sequence in the Toho Champion Festival cut of King Kong vs. Godzilla
Title cards in the Toho Champion Festival cuts of Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster and Invasion of Astro-Monster
Title card in the Toho Champion Festival
cut of Destroy All Monsters

See also

External links


This is a list of references for Toho Champion Festival. 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]

  1. Romero, Anthony (15 December 2013). "Toho Champion Festival". Toho Kingdom.
  2. Nakamura et al. 2014, p. 30.
  3. Nakamura et al. 2014, p. 32.
  4. Nakamura et al. 2014, p. 34.
  5. Nakamura et al. 2014, p. 36.
  6. Nakamura et al. 2014, p. 38.
  7. Nakamura et al. 2014, p. 39.
  8. Nakamura et al. 2014, p. 42.
  9. Nakamura et al. 2014, p. 44.
  10. Nakamura et al. 2014, p. 46.
  11. Nakamura et al. 2014, p. 48.
  12. Nakamura et al. 2014, p. 50.
  13. Nakamura et al. 2014, p. 52.
  14. Nakamura et al. 2014, p. 54.
  15. Nakamura et al. 2014, p. 56.
  16. Nakamura et al. 2014, p. 58.
  17. Nakamura et al. 2014, p. 60.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Nakamura et al. 2014, p. 62
  19. Nakamura et al. 2014, p. 64.
  20. Nakamura et al. 2014, p. 162.



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