Toei Company

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Toei Company, Ltd
Native name
東映株式会社
Public corporation
Traded as TYO: 9605
Industry Film and Television
Founded October 1, 1950; 66 years ago (1950-10-01)
(as Tokyo Film Distribution)
Headquarters 3-2-17 Ginza, Chūō, Tokyo 104-8108, Japan
Area served
Japan
Key people
Yusuke Okada, President & CEO
Products Motion pictures, publicity materials
Services Film and TV distribution and marketing
Revenue ¥ 66,300,000,000
(as of March 2006)
Number of employees
311
(as of March 31, 2006)
Subsidiaries Toei Digital Lab
Toei Labo Tech
Toei Language Tech Center
Toei Animation
Toei Television Production
Toei Video
Toei Satellite Broadcasting
Toei Agency
Cloverway Inc.
Website www.toei.co.jp

Toei Company, Ltd. (東映株式会社 Tōei Kabushiki-gaisha?) (pronounced toe ay) is a Japanese film, television production, and distribution corporation. Based in Tokyo, Toei owns and operates thirty-four movie theaters across Japan, studios at Tokyo and Kyoto; and is a shareholder in several television companies. It is notable for anime, live action dramas known as tokusatsu which use special visual effects, and historical dramas (jidaigeki).

The name "Toei" is derived from the company's former name "kyō Eiga Haikyū" (画配給?, Tokyo Film Distribution Company).

History[edit]

Tokyo-Yokohama Films (東横映画 Tō-Yoko Eiga?), incorporated 1938, had erected its facilities immediately east of the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line; they managed the Tōkyū Shibuya Yokohama studio system prior to V-J Day. From 1945 through the Toei merger, Tokyo-Yokohama Films leased from the Daiei Motion Picture Company a second studio in Kyoto. Through the merger, they gained the combined talents and experience of actors Chiezō Kataoka, Utaemon Ichikawa, Ryunosuke Tsukigata, Ryūtarō Ōtomo, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Chiyonosuke Azuma, Shirunosuke Toshin, Hashizo Okawa, and Satomi Oka.

On October 1, 1950, the Tokyo Film Distribution Company was incorporated; in 1951 the company purchased Ōizumi Films.

In 1956, Toei established an animation division, Toei Animation Company, Limited at the former Tokyo-Ōizumi animation studio, purchasing the assets of Japan Animated Films (founded in 1948).

Toei was a pioneer in the use of "Henshin"/"character transformation" in live-action martial-arts dramas, a technique developed for the Kamen Rider, Devilman and Super Sentai series; the genre currently continues with Kamen Rider and Super Sentai.

Live-Action[edit]

  • Kung Fu Ali 1998-2000

List of works[edit]

Tokusatsu[edit]

Year Title
1959 Planet Prince
1959 Planet Prince – The Terrifying Spaceship
1960 The Final War
1961 Invasion of the Neptune Men
1966 The Magic Serpent
1966 The Terror Beneath the Sea
1967–1968 Johhny Sokko and His Flying Robot
1968 The Green Slime
1975 Wolfguy: Enraged Lycanthrope
1977 Legend of Dinosaurs & Monster Birds
1978 Message from Space
1978 Spider-Man
Choushinsei Flashman: The Movie
Flashman: Big Rally! Titan Boy!
1987 Hikari Sentai Maskman: The Movie
1987 Choujinki Metalder: The Movie
1992 Shin: Kamen Rider Prologue
1993 Gosei Sentai Dairanger: The Movie
1993 Kamen Rider ZO
1993 Tokusou Robo Janperson: The Movie
1994 Ninja Sentai Kakuranger: The Movie
1994 Kamen Rider J
1994 Blue SWAT: The Movie
1995 Chōriki Sentai Ohranger: The Movie
1995 Juukou B-Fighter: The Movie
1995 Mechanical Violator Hakaider
1995 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
1996 Chōriki Sentai Ohranger: Ohra vs. Kakuranger
1997 Gekisou Sentai Carranger vs. Ohranger
1997 Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie
1998 Denji Sentai Megaranger vs. Carranger
1999 Kyuukyuu GoGoFive the Movie: Sudden Shock! A New Warrior
2000 Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGoFive vs. Gingaman
2001 Mirai Sentai Timeranger vs. GoGoFive
2001 Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger: The Fire Mountain Roars
2001 Kamen Rider Agito: Project G4
Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger vs. Gaoranger
2002 Kamen Rider Ryuki: Episode Final
Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger Shushuuto the Movie
2003 Bakuryū Sentai Abaranger DELUXE: Abare Summer is Freezing Cold!
2003 Kamen Rider 555: Paradise Lost
2003 Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon
2004 Bakuryū Sentai Abaranger vs. Hurricaneger
2004 Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger The Movie: Full Blast Action
2004 Kamen Rider Blade: Missing Ace
2005 Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger vs. Abaranger
2005 Mahou Sentai Magiranger the Movie: Bride of Infershia ~Maagi Magi Giruma Jinga~
2005 Kamen Rider Hibiki & The Seven Senki
2005 Kamen Rider The First
2006 Mahou Sentai Magiranger vs. Dekaranger ~Maagi Giruma Deka Magika~
2006 GoGo Sentai Boukenger The Movie: The Greatest Precious
2006 Kamen Rider Kabuto: God Speed Love
2007 GoGo Sentai Boukenger vs. Super Sentai
2007 Juken Sentai Gekiranger: Nei-Nei! Hou-Hou! Hong Kong Decisive Battle
2007 Kamen Rider Den-O: I'm Born!
2007 Kamen Rider The Next
2008 Engine Sentai Go-onger vs. Gekiranger
2008 Kamen Rider Den-O & Kiva: Climax Deka
2008 Engine Sentai Go-onger: Boom Boom! Bang Bang! GekijōBang!!
2008 Kamen Rider Kiva: King of the Castle in the Demon World
2008 Saraba Kamen Rider Den-O: Final Countdown
2009 Engine Sentai Go-onger vs. Gekiranger
2009 Cho Kamen Rider Den-O & Decade Neo Generations: The Onigashima Warship
2009 Samurai Sentai Shinkenger The Movie: The Fateful War
2009 Kamen Rider Decade: All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker
2010 Samurai Sentai Shinkenger vs. Go-onger: GinmakuBang!!
2009 Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider W & Decade: Movie War 2010
2010 Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider The Movie: Cho-Den-O Trilogy
2010 Tensou Sentai Goseiger: Epic on the Movie
2010 Kamen Rider W Forever: A to Z/The Gaia Memories of Fate
2010 Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider OOO & W Featuring Skull: Movie War Core
2011 Tensou Sentai Goseiger vs. Shinkenger: Epic on Ginmaku
2011 OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Riders
2011 Gokaiger Goseiger Super Sentai 199 Hero Great Battle
2011 Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger the Movie: The Flying Ghost Ship
2011 Kamen Rider OOO Wonderful: The Shogun and the 21 Core Medals
2011 Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Mega Max
2012 Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie
2012 Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen
2012 Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters the Movie: Protect the Tokyo Enetower!
2012 Kamen Rider Fourze the Movie: Space, Here We Come!
2012 Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Wizard & Fourze: Movie War Ultimatum
2013 Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters vs. Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger: The Movie
2013 Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z
2013 Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger: Gaburincho of Music
2013 Kamen Rider Wizard in Magic Land
2013 Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Gaim & Wizard: The Fateful Sengoku Movie Battle
2014 Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger vs. Go-Busters: The Great Dinosaur Battle! Farewell Our Eternal Friends
2014 Heisei Riders vs. Shōwa Riders: Kamen Rider Taisen feat. Super Sentai
2017 Power Rangers

Saburo Yatsude[edit]

Saburo Yatsude (八手 三郎 Yatsude Saburō?, alternatively read as Saburo Hatte) is a collective pen name used by Toei Company television producers when contributing to their various anime and tokusatsu series, whereas Izumi Todo is solely Toei Animation. The use of the pen name began with The Kagestar and has been used throughout the Super Sentai (in the adapted Power Rangers series starting with Ninja Storm, the credits list Saburo Hatte. Before this, the credits listed "Original Concepts by Saburo Yatsude") and Metal Hero Series as well as for Spider-Man, Choukou Senshi Changéríon, Video Warrior Laserion, Chōdenji Robo Combattler V, Chōdenji Machine Voltes V, Tōshō Daimos, Daltanius, Beast King GoLion, and Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV. The name is also used as a contributor to the soundtracks for the series. In the Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger series, Saburo Hatte is an actual person who is godlike within the fictional reality that the show takes place in. In fact, his hand appears at the end of the first half of the series to cover the camera lens and end the show, later having the second half be made under Malseena's influence while in the hospital in the real world.

It should be noted that Saburo Yatsude's name isn't inspired by Saburo/Hakaider.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ポッピンQ". eiga.com (in Japanese). Retrieved March 11, 2016. 

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