Toho Company, Limited is a large 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 (monster) and tokusatsu (special effects) movies, the films of Akira Kurosawa, and the anime films of Studio Ghibli. List of Toho Kaiju

Toho Co., Ltd. (東宝株式会社, Tōhō Kabushiki-kaisha?, TYO: 9602) is a Japanese film, theater production, and distribution company. It is headquartered in Yūrakuchō, Chiyoda, Tokyo, and is one of the core companies of the Hankyu Hanshin Toho Group. It is best known outside Japan as the producer or distributor of many kaiju (monster) and tokusatsu (special effects) movies, the Chouseishin tokusatsu superhero TV franchise, the films of Akira Kurosawa, and the anime films of Studio Ghibli. Its most famous and worldwide creation is Godzilla, known as the King of the Monsters. It has also been involved in the production of numerous anime titles. Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah, Mechagodzilla, and Rodan are described as being Toho's Big Five due to the monsters' numerous appearances in all three eras of the franchise, as well as spin-offs. Its subdivisions are Toho Pictures Incorporated, Toho International Company Limited, Toho E. B. Company Limited, Toho Music Corporation & Toho Costume Comapay Limited. The company is the largest shareholder (7.96%) of Fuji Media Holdings Inc.

History[edit | edit source]

[1][2]The classic TohoScope logo, used for Toho's 2.40:1 widescreen movies from 1957 to 1964 and in 2004's Godzilla Final Wars.Toho was founded by the Hankyu Railway in 1932 as the Tokyo-Takarazuka Theater Company (東京宝塚劇場株式会社, Tōkyō Takarazuka Gekijō Kabushiki-kaisha?). 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 through Henry G. Saperstein, 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]

The Shintoho Company, which existed until 1964, was named New Toho because it broke off from the original Toho Company.

The company has contributed to the production of some American films, including Sam Raimi's A Simple Plan.

It's most famous creation, by Tomoyuki Tanaka is Godzilla.

Headquarters[edit | edit source]

Toho's headquarters, the Toho Hibiya Building (東宝日比谷ビル, Tōhō Hibiya Biru?), are in Yūrakuchō, Chiyoda, Tokyo. The company moved into its current headquarters in April 2005.

Major productions & distributions[3]Edit[edit | edit source]

Film[4]Edit[edit | edit source]

*Godzilla (1954)

  • Godzilla Raids Again (1955)
  • Rodan (1956)
  • The Mysterians (1957)
  • Varan (1958)

1960s[edit | edit source]

*Mothra (1961)

  • King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
  • Atragon (1963)
  • Matango (1964)
  • Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
  • Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
  • Devil Woman (1964)
  • Invasion of the Astro Monster (1965)
  • Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)
  • Punch Guy (1966)
  • Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966)
  • Son of Godzilla (1967)
  • Destroy All Monsters (1968)
  • All Monsters Attack (1969)

1970s[5]Edit[edit | edit source]

*Space Amoeba (1970)

1980s[edit | edit source]

*The Return of Godzilla (1984)

  • Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989)

1990s[edit | edit source]

*Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991)

2000s[edit | edit source]

*Godzilla vs. Megaguirus (2000)

  • Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack (2001)
  • Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002)
  • Godzilla, Mothra, Mechagodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S (2003)
  • Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)

Cancelled Films[edit | edit source]

*Godzilla 3D to the MAX

Toho in Television[edit | edit source]

Tokusatsu[edit | edit source]

*Warrior Of Love: Rainbowman (1972)

In more recent years and for a period, they have produced video games, including a series of games based on Godzilla.

Also See[edit | edit source]

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