Toho International

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Toho International, Inc.
The English Toho logo, used by Toho International

Type Licensing and distribution company
Status Active
Led by Koji Ueda (president)[1]
Founded
Head-
quarters
2029 Century Park East, Suite 1140
Los Angeles, California, USA 90067[3]
Also known as International Toho Inc.[4]
Parent company Toho → TOHO Global[5]
Subsidiary companies As of January 1970:
  • Toho Filmes America do Sul Ltda.
  • Toho Film Co., (Hong Kong) Ltd.

Toho International (国際東宝株式会社,   Kokusai Tōhō Kabushiki Gaisha) was the name historically shared by two separate import/export subsidiaries of Toho Company, Limited.

"Toho International, Inc." is the American arm of Toho, founded on July 23, 1953 in Los Angeles, California,[2] where it continues to be headquartered.[3] Described in 2001 by then-General Manager Masaharu Ina as existing "to represent and implement Toho's interests in North America," its duties have included the licensing of distribution and merchandising rights to Toho's properties, the managing of Toho trademarks and copyrights,[2] and the operation of official social media accounts for the Godzilla brand. A New York City branch was established on February 27, 1960,[2] though its status is unknown. As of January 1970, the company was also parent to two subsidiaries: the São Paulo, Brazil-based Toho Filmes America do Sul Ltda. and the Hong Kong-based Toho Film Co., (Hong Kong) Ltd.

"Toho International Co., Ltd." was headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and additionally operated offices in Paris, France; Rome, Italy; and Naha, Okinawa. At present, less is known of this company's operations, and it is unclear whether it is still extant. However, available evidence suggests that it was similarly involved in the licensing and/or distribution of Toho's properties abroad, its name appearing on international posters and other promotional materials since the 1970s. Its last confirmed activity was in 2005.

On July 20, 2023, Toho established TOHO Global Inc. (TOHO Global 株式会社,   Tōhō Gurōbaru Kabushiki Gaisha) to consolidate its operations outside of Japan.[6] As part of this, Toho International, Inc.'s ownership was transferred from Toho itself to TOHO Global that October 1.[5]

Locations

Toho International, Inc. and Co., Ltd. have previously been associated with offices at the following locations:

Toho International, Inc.

  • 369 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, California, USA 90012[4]
  • 834 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, California, USA 90036[7]
  • 1501 Broadway, New York, New York, USA 10036[7]

Toho International Co., Ltd.

  • 2-6-4 Ginza, Chuoku, Tokyo, Japan 104-0061[8]
  • 1-8-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan, 100-0006[9]
  • 1-7-1 Yurakucho, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan 100-0006[10]
  • 41 Av. Pierre 1er de Serbie, 75008 Paris, France[8]
  • Via Reno 4, 00198 Rome, Rome, Italy[8]
  • 2 Matsuo, Naha, Okinawa[8]

Selected film exports

The following is a selection of films known to have been exported abroad by or through one of the Toho International companies. Note that the years listed are of the films' domestic release.

GODZILLA OFFICIAL by TOHO

GODZILLA OFFICIAL by TOHO
GODZILLA OFFICIAL by TOHO's YouTube channel icon
Languages English
Status Active
Launched December 29, 2020
Address https://youtube.com/c/GodzillaToho/

GODZILLA OFFICIAL by TOHO is the official North American YouTube channel for the Godzilla franchise, operated by Toho International, Inc. Its first upload was the North American trailer for Godzilla vs. Kong on January 27, 2021. It has since posted the Japanese trailers for all 30 of the main Godzilla films, subtitled episodes of various Godzilla TV and web series which were previously only available in Japanese, the original web series Godzilla CHOMP hosted by the company's then-creative manager Chris Mowry, and miscellaneous content like collaboration announcements and product reviews.

Releases

The GODZILLA OFFICIAL by TOHO channel has made the following series available:


Gallery

References

This is a list of references for Toho International. 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. Salkowitz, Rob (11 July 2023). "Godzilla Spotted Approaching America! New Japanese Production Arriving In December". Forbes.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Lees 2001, p. 54
  3. 3.0 3.1 "個人情報保護について". Toho. Retrieved 4 July 2022.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Toho Films. Vol. 2. Toho. c. 1956. p. 50. |volume= has extra text (help)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "吸収分割に係る事後開示書類". Nikkei. 1 October 2023.
  6. "子会社設立及び会社分割(簡易吸収分割)による国際事業分社化のお知らせ" (PDF). Nikkei. 13 July 2023.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sakamoto & Yamaki 1967, p. 40
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Kuroda 1970, p. 39
  9. Godzilla vs. Biollante (press pamphlet). Toho International Co., Ltd. c. 1989. Back cover.
  10. Toho's Best Classics: Action. Toho International Co., Ltd. c. 2004. p. 1.
  11. "Godzilla Minus One - News Roundup". Toho Kingdom. 11 July 2023. Retrieved 13 July 2023.

Bibliography

  • Lees, J.D. (March–April 2001). "Keeper of the Radioactive Flame". G-FAN. No. 50. Daikaiju Enterprises.
  • Sakamoto, Osamu; Yamaki, Hisako, eds. (October 1967). "Business Directory". UniJapan Film Quarterly. Vol. 10 no. 4. Association for the Diffusion of Japanese Films Abroad.
  • Kuroda, Toyoji, ed. (January 1970). "Business Directory". UniJapan Film Quarterly. Vol. 13 no. 1. Association for the Diffusion of Japanese Films Abroad.

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