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Toho Co., Ltd.
Native name
東宝株式会社
Public
Traded as TYO: 9602
Industry Motion picture, theater, television
Founded August 12, 1932; 85 years ago (1932-08-12) (as Tokyo-Takarazuka Theater Company)
Tokyo, Japan
Founder Ichizō Kobayashi
Headquarters Yūrakuchō, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
Key people
Yoshishige Shimatani
(President)
Number of employees
360+
Subsidiaries
  • Toho-Towa Distribution
  • Toho Pictures
  • Toho International Company Limited
  • Toho E. B. Company Limited
  • Toho Music Corporation
  • Toho Costume Company Limited
  • Toho Animation
  • Toho Cinemas
Website toho.co.jp/en

Toho Co., Ltd. (東宝株式会社, Tōhō Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese film, theater production, and distribution company. It has its headquarters in Yūrakuchō, Chiyoda, Tokyo, and is one of the core companies of the Hankyu Hanshin Toho Group. Outside Japan, it is best known as the producer and distributor of many kaiju and tokusatsu films, the Chouseishin tokusatsu superhero television franchise, the films of Akira Kurosawa, and the anime films of Studio Ghibli. Other famous directors, including Yasujirō Ozu, Kenji Mizoguchi, Masaki Kobayashi, and Mikio Naruse, also directed films for Toho.

Toho's most famous creation is Godzilla, who features in 29 of the company's films. Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, King Ghidorah and Mechagodzilla are described as Toho's Big Five because of the monsters' numerous appearances in all three eras of the franchise, as well as spin-offs. Toho has also been involved in the production of numerous anime titles. Its subdivisions are Toho-Towa Distribution, Toho Pictures Incorporated, Toho International Company Limited, Toho E. B. Company Limited, and Toho Music Corporation & Toho Costume Company Limited. The company is the largest shareholder (7.96%) of Fuji Media Holdings Inc.

Toho is a member of the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan (MPPAJ), and is one of Japan's Big Four film studios.

History[edit]

Toho was created by the founder of Hankyu Railway, Ichizo Kobayashi, in 1932 as the Tokyo-Takarazuka Theater Company (東京宝塚劇場株式会社, Tōkyō Takarazuka Gekijō Kabushiki-gaisha). 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.

Toho and Shochiku competed with the influx of Hollywood films and boosted the film industry by focusing on new directors of the likes of Kurosawa Akira, Ichikawa Kon, Kinoshita Keisuke and Shindo Kaneto.[1]

After several successful film exports to the United States during the 1950s through Henry G. Saperstein, Toho took over the La Brea Theatre in Los Angeles to show its own films without the need to sell them to a distributor. It was known as the Toho Theatre from the late 1960s until the 1970s.[2] Toho also had a theater in San Francisco and opened a theater in New York City in 1963.[3]

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

The company has contributed to the production of some American films, including Sam Raimi's 1998 film, A Simple Plan.[citation needed]

Major productions and distributions[edit]

Film[edit]

Toho Educational Film Companies Logo from 1932–51, presented in a windowboxed 1.33:1 frame

1930s[edit]

Film Release Date Notes
Three Sisters with Maiden Hearts 1935 The first movie made by Toho.
Enoken's Ten Millions 1936 The second movie made by Toho. The film would also later have a sequel.
Enoken's Ten Millions sequel 1936
Tokyo Rhapsody 1936
Humanity and Paper Balloons 1937
Avalanche 1937
A Husband Chastity 1937
Tojuro's Love 1938
Enoken's Shrewd Period 1939
Chushingura I 1939
Chushingura II 1939 sequel to Chushingura I.

1940s[edit]

Film Release Date Notes
Song of Kunya 1940 The first movie made by Toho in the 1940s.
Enoken Has His Hair Cropped 1940
Songoku: Monkey Sun 1940
Hideko the Bus-Conductor 1941
Uma 1941
The War at Sea from Hawaii to Malay 1942 aka Hawai Mare oki kaisen
Sanshiro Sugata 1943 aka Sugata Sanshirō, aka Judo Saga
The Most Beautiful 1944 aka Ichiban utsukushiku
Sanshiro Sugata Part II 1945 sequel to Sanshiro Sugata.
The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail 1945
No Regrets for Our Youth 1946 aka Waga seishun ni kuinashi
Those Who Make Tomorrow 1946
One Wonderful Sunday 1947
Snow Trail 1947 The first film that was composed by Akira Ifukube. He would later compose many of the Godzilla films and many other non-Godzilla Toho kaiju films later on.
Drunken Angel 1948
Stray Dog 1949 aka Nora Inu

1950s[edit]

Film Release Date Notes
The Lady of Musashino 1951 aka Musashino-Fujin
Repast 1951 aka Meshi, a post-WW2 drama
Ikiru (To Live) 1952 aka Doomed
Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) 1954 This film was one of the 2 films that almost caused Toho to go into bankruptcy, with the other one being Godzilla. However both films became massive hits and box office successes.
Godzilla (Gojira) Nov. 3, 1954[4] The first Godzilla film made by Toho, which became Toho's longest running film series; inspired by the 1952 re-release of King Kong and The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms; Gojira was released in the US in 1956, dubbed in English and heavily re-edited into the film we know as Godzilla: King of the Monsters!. (This heavy re-editing would be done again with the Americanized versions of Godzilla Raids Again, Half Human, Varan the Unbelievable, King Kong vs. Godzilla and the Daiei Studios film Gamera: The Giant Monster)
Tomei Ningen (The Invisible Man)[5] 1954 aka The Invisible Avenger; never dubbed in English; B&W/full screen.[6]
Sound of the Mountain 1954 aka Yama no Oto
Late Chrysanthemums 1954 aka Bangiku
Floating Clouds 1955 aka Ukigumo
Godzilla Raids Again (aka Gigantis, the Fire Monster) Apr. 24, 1955[7] aka Gojira no gyakushu (Godzilla's Counterattack)[8]; shot in B&W/full screen; featured the 1st appearance of the monster Angilas; a rushed sequel to the previous Godzilla; series was put on hiatus after this until 1962's King Kong vs. Godzilla.
Half Human (Jujin Yukiotoko/ Monster Snowman) Aug. 14, 1955[9] The original Japanese version was banned due to the film's depicting the Ainu people in a negative light; the re-edited American version, featuring added footage of John Carradine, was only released in 1958[10] and is the only version available on home video worldwide.
I Live in Fear (Ikimono no kiroku) 1955 aka Record of a Living Being, aka What the Birds Knew
Sudden Rain 1956 aka Shūu
A Wife's Heart 1956 aka Tsuma no kokoro
Vampire Moth 1956 aka Kyuketsuki-ga; murder mystery
Sazae-san 1956 comedy/drama based on a manga comic book
Madame White Snake 1956[11] aka Byaku fugin no yoren, aka The Bewitched Love of Madame Pai; released in US in 1965[12]
Flowing 1956 aka Nagareru
Rodan Dec. 26, 1956[13] aka Sora no daikaiju Radon (The Sky's Giant Monsters: Rodan)[14]; first Toho film made in color; featured the first appearance of both Rodan and the Meganurons
Untamed 1957 aka Arakure
The Mysterians[15] Dec. 28, 1957[16] aka Chikyu Boeigun (Earth Defense Force); first appearance of the robot Moguera
The Secret Scrolls Part One 1957 aka Yagyu Bugeicho, aka Yagyu Secret Scrolls; released subtitled in US in 1967[17]
Throne of Blood 1957[18] aka Kumonosu-djo (Cobweb Castle); aka Castle of the Spider's Web[19]
Ikiteiru koheiji 1957 musical
Knockout Drops 1957[20] aka Tokyo no Tekisasujin, directed by Motoyoshi Oda[21]
The Lower Depths 1957 aka Donzoko; directed by Akira Kurasawa
The Secret Scrolls Part Two 1958 aka Ninjutsu; released in US in 1968, subtitled [22]
The H-Man 1958 aka Bijo To Ekatai-Ningen (Beauty and the Liquid People)[23]
The Hidden Fortress 1958 aka Kakushi toride no san akunin
Shirasagi 1958 aka The Snowy Heron
Varan the Unbelievable Oct. 14, 1958[24] aka Daikaiju Baran (Giant Monster Baran)[25]; first appearance of the monster Varan; film was heavily re-edited in America, similar to Godzilla: King of the Monsters! (the American version of Godzilla), Godzilla Raids Again, Half Human, King Kong vs. Godzilla, and Daiei Studios' Gamera: The Giant Monster
Battle in Outer Space Dec. 26, 1959[26] aka Uchū Daisensō (Great War in Space)[27]
Ishimatsu Travels with Ghosts 1959 aka Moro no Ichimatsu yurei dochu[28]
The Birth of Japan (Nippon Tanjo) Nov. 1, 1959[29] aka The Three Treasures, aka Age of the Gods[30]

1960s[edit]

Film Release Date Notes
The Secret of the Telegian Apr. 10, 1960[31] aka Denso ningen/ The Electrically-Transmitted Man[32]
The Human Vapor Dec. 11, 1960[33] aka Gasu ningen dai ichigo (Gas Human Being #1)[34]; a sequel was planned, to be called Frankenstein vs. the Human Vapor, but the project was scrapped.
The Bad Sleep Well 1960 aka Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru
When a Woman Ascends the Stairs 1960 aka Onna ga kaidan o agaru toki
Storm Over the Pacific 1960 This film is also known as Hawai Middouei daikaikusen: Taiheiyo no arashi/ Hawaii-Midway Battle of the Sea and Sky: Storm in the Pacific Ocean; This film was released in 1961 in the United States in a dubbed and abridged 98-minute version produced by Hugo Grimaldi as I Bombed Pearl Harbor
Autumn Has Already Started 1960 aka Aki tachinu
I Bombed Pearl Harbor 1961 Storm Over the Pacific was released in 1961 in the United States in a dubbed and abridged 98-minute version produced by Hugo Grimaldi as I Bombed Pearl Harbor
Mothra (Mosura) July 30, 1961[35] The first appearance of Mothra, who would go on to reappear in many later Godzilla films as well as a trilogy of 1990s Mothra films (Rebirth of Mothra, Rebirth of Mothra II, and Rebirth of Mothra III).
Yojimbo 1961 directed by Akira Kurosawa
The Last War Oct. 8, 1961[36] aka Sekai daisenso (The Great World War)[37]
The End of Summer 1961 aka Kohayagawa-ke no aki
My Friend Death 1961 aka Yurei Hanjo-ki; filmed in B&W/Scope [38]
Sanjuro 1962 aka Tsubaki Sanjūrō; directed by Akira Kurosawa
The Youth and his Amulet 1962 aka Gen and Fudo-Myoh[39]
Gorath Mar. 21, 1962[40] aka Yosei Gorasu (Suspicious Star Gorath)[41]; the walrus-monster in the film, Maguma, was removed from the American version of the film entirely
King Kong vs. Godzilla (Kingu Kongu tai Gojira) Aug. 11, 1962[42] The highest grossing Godzilla film ever (and the first one made in color); featured King Kong and the Oodako (a giant octopus).
Rorentsu o· Ruisu no shōgai 1962 N/A
A Wanderer's Notebook 1962 aka Hourou-ki, aka Her Lonely Lane
High and Low 1963 aka Tengoku to Jigoku (Heaven and Hell)
The Lost World of Sinbad 1963 aka Dai tozoku (The Great Thief); aka Samurai Pirate[43]
Matango Aug. 11, 1963[44] aka Attack of the Mushroom People[45]
Atragon Dec. 22, 1963[46] aka Kaitei gunkan (Undersea Battleship)[47]; first appearance of the snake-monster Manda, who would later reappear in Destroy All Monsters.
Yearning 1964 aka Midareru
Whirlwind 1964 aka Dai tatsumaki[48]
Woman in the Dunes 1964 aka Suna no Onna (The Sand Woman)
Onibaba 1964 Translation: The Demon Hag; aka The Witch, aka Devil Woman; B&W/TohoScope[49]
Mothra vs. Godzilla (Mosura tai Gojira) Apr. 29, 1964[50] aka Godzilla vs. The Thing[51]; the last Showa Godzilla film where Godzilla was the villain
Dagora, the Space Monster Aug. 11, 1964[52] aka Uchu daikaiju Dogora (Giant Space Monster Dogora)[53]
Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster Dec. 20, 1964[54] aka San daikaiju chikyu saidai no kessen (The Greatest Giant Monster Battle on Earth[55]); first appearance of King Ghidorah; also featured Rodan and Mothra
Kwaidan (Ghost Story) 1964 aka Kaidan; anthology comprised of four short stories (The Black Hair, Woman of the Snow, Hoichi the Earless and In a Cup of Tea)[56]
Shirasagi 1964 aka The Snowy Heron
Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kayaku no taru 1964
Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi 1965 This and the film above it were edited together to form the English-dubbed film What's Up, Tiger Lily?
Tokyo Olympiad 1965
Illusion of Blood 1965 aka Yotsuya Ghost Story (Yotsuya Kaidan)[57]
Red Beard (Akahige) 1965
Frankenstein Conquers the World Aug. 8, 1965[58] aka Furankenshutain tai chitei kaiju Baragon (Frankenstein vs Subterranean Monster Baragon)[59]; first appearance of the monster Baragon, who would later reappear in Destroy All Monsters; alternate ending was filmed which featured the Oodako (a giant optopus), but it was later edited out of the international version; see sequel called War of the Gargantuas.
Monster Zero (aka Invasion of Astro-Monster)[60] Dec. 19, 1965[61] aka Kaiju daisenso (The Great Monster War)[62]; this was the 5th Godzilla film, and the first space invasion Godzilla film; The alien Xillians would later be used again in Godzilla: Final Wars.
We Will Remember 1965 aka Senjo ni nagareru uta; war film
The Face of Another July 10, 1966[63] aka Tanin no kao (Face of a Stranger)[64]
Silence Has No Wings 1966[65] aka Tobenai Chinmoko
War of the Gargantuas July 31, 1966[66] aka Furankenshutain no kaiju - Sanda tai Gairah (The Monsters of Frankenstein - Sanda vs Gairah)[67]; the sequel to Frankenstein Conquers The World
Godzilla vs the Sea Monster (aka Ebirah, Horror of the Deep)[68] Dec. 17, 1966[69] The first Godzilla film in which the main setting is a South Pacific island rather than a city; first appearance of the giant lobster named Ebirah; originally meant to be a King Kong film, made in collaboration with Rankin/Bass Productions, but Rankin/Bass dropped out, and Toho turned it into a Godzilla film instead
Adventures in Takla Makan (Kiganjo no boken)[70] 1966 aka Adventure of Kigan Castle, B&W/TohoScope[71]
The Killing Bottle (Zettai zetsumei) 1967 crime drama starring Nick Adams[72]
Tenamonya: Ghost Journey 1967[73] aka Ghost of Two Travelers at Tenamonya (Tenamonya yurei dochu)[74]
Samurai Rebellion 1967 aka Jōi-uchi: Hairyō tsuma shimatsu
Son of Godzilla (Gojira no musuko)[75] Dec. 16, 1967[76] aka Kaiju shima no kessen: Gojira no musuko; 1st appearance of Minilla (a.k.a. Minya); features giant praying mantises named Kamacuras and a giant spider named Kumonga
King Kong Escapes (King Kong no gyakushu) July 22, 1967[77] 2nd King Kong film made by Toho, based on an animated TV show made by Rankin/Bass known as The King Kong Show; also features the Gorosaurus and Mechani-Kong
Destroy All Monsters Aug. 1, 1968[78] aka Kaiju soshingeki (March of the Monsters)[79]; features Godzilla, Minilla, Mothra, Rodan, Anguirus, King Ghidorah, Varan, Baragon, the Kumonga, the Gorosaurus, and Manda.
Kuroneko (The Black Cat) Feb. 24, 1968[80] B&W/ TohoScope[81]
Latitude Zero (Ido zero dai sakusen) July 26, 1969[82] aka Ido zero dai sakusen (Latitude Zero: Big Military Operation)[83]
Jigoku: Portrait of Hell September, 1969[84] aka A Story of Hell, aka Jigokuhen[85]
Godzilla's Revenge Dec. 20, 1969[86] aka Oru kaiju dai shingeki (All Monsters Attack)[87]; the tenth Godzilla film, this one geared for children

1970s[edit]

Film Release date Notes
Yog, Monster from Space (aka Space Amoeba) Aug. 1, 1970[88] aka Gezora, Ganime, Kameba: Kessen nankai no daikaiju[89]; features 3 monsters named Gezora, Ganime and Kameba[90]
Dodes'ka-den October, 1970[91] directed by Akira Kurosawa (his first color film)
The Vampire Doll 1970[92] aka Chi o suu ningyo (Bloodthirsty Doll); aka Night of the Vampire; released subtitled only[93]
Inn of Evil March 1, 1971[94] aka Inochi bonifuro[95]
To Love Again 1971
Godzilla vs the Smog Monster (aka Godzilla vs. Hedorah) July 24, 1971[96] aka Gojira tai Hedora
The Battle of Okinawa 1971
Lake of Dracula 1971 aka Chi o suu me (Bloodthirsty Eyes), aka Bloodsucking Eyes[97]; English-dubbed version sold directly to TV in US in 1980, with 3 minutes cut[98]
Young Guy vs. Blue Guy 1971
Godzilla vs. Gigan (aka Godzilla on Monster Island)[99] Mar. 12, 1972[100] The last film which Haruo Nakajima played Godzilla; also features King Ghidorah
Daigoro vs. Goliath (Kaiju daifunsen: Daigoro tai Goriasu)[101] Dec. 17, 1972 This film was a co-production with Toho and Tsuburaya Productions. The film was originally planned to be called Godzilla vs. Redmoon but that project was scrapped and finally became this film; made for Japanese TV[102]
Lightning Swords of Death 1972[103] aka Sword of Vengeance
Shogun Assassin 1972[104] aka Baby Cart at the River Styx
Godzilla vs. Megalon (Gojira tai Megaro) Mar. 17, 1973[105] first Godzilla film in which Godzilla is not played by Haruo Nakajima; return of Gigan, and first appearances of both Megalon and Jet Jaguar.
Kure Kure Takora 1973 a Japanese children's television series
Submersion of Japan (Nippon chiubotsu) 1973[106] aka Tidal Wave[107]
Lady Snowblood 1973 aka Shurayuki-hime; action film based on a Japanese manga comic book
The Human Revolution (Ningen Kakumei)[108] 1973
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (Gojira tai Mekagojira) Mar. 21, 1974[109] aka Godzilla vs the Cosmic Monster[110]; the first appearance of Mechagodzilla
ESPY December, 1974[111]
Prophecies of Nostradamus (Nostradamus no dai yogen) 1974[112] aka The Last Days of Planet Earth, aka Catastrophe 1999; released to US television in 1981[113]
Evil of Dracula 1974 aka Chio o suu bara (The Bloodthirsty Rose); aka The Vampire Rose[114]
Lupin III 1974 based on a Japanese manga comic book
Terror of Mechagodzilla[115] Mar. 15, 1975[116] aka Mekagojira no gyakushu (Mechagodzilla's Counterattack), aka Terror of Godzilla[117]
Demon Spies 1975
Zero Fighter 1976
The Human Revolution II (Zoku Ningen Kakumei)[118] 1976 The sequel to The Human Revolution.
The Inugamis 1976
The Last Dinosaur Feb. 11, 1977 aka Saigo no Kyoru. A joint effort between Toho, Rankin/Bass, Tsuburaya Productions, CIC, and Warner Bros.. Aired in the United States February 11, 1977 as a television movie on ABC, and shortly afterwards was released in Japan as a theatrical feature (in English language with subtitles), then later released in Japan on television (dubbed in Japanese).
House (Hausu) Aug. 26, 1977[119] never dubbed in English[120]
The War in Space Dec. 17, 1977[121] aka Wakusei Daisenso (The Great Planet War)[122]
The Mystery of Mamo 1978 aka The Secret of Mamo; based on a manga comic book
The Phoenix (Hinotori) 1978 released subtitled in US in 1982 at 137 minutes[123]

1980s[edit]

Film Release Date Notes
Doraemon: The Motion Picture 1980 The first of the Doraemon Series. There would be multiple sequels of this film during the 2000s and 2010s.
Phoenix 2772 1980 Sequel to The Phoenix (1978)
Kagemusha 1980
Eki Station 1981
The Wizard of Oz 1982 Based off the 1900s kids book, The Wizard of Oz.
Techno Police 21C 1982
The Highest Honor 1982
Deathquake (Jishin retto) 1983 aka Earthquake 7.9; released directly to TV in USA[124]
Golgo 13 1983 aka Golgo 13: The Professional; based on a manga comic book series
The Makioka Sisters 1983
Sayonara Jupiter October, 1983[125] aka Bye Bye Jupiter; one scene which shows someone watching Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster.
Macross: Do You Remember Love? 1984
Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer 1984
Godzilla 1985 (aka The Return of Godzilla)[126] 1984 The first Heisei Godzilla film, despite this film being made during the Showa period, since the Heisei period did not start until 1989. The first Godzilla film since Terror of Mechagodzilla, made back in 1975. The first time Godzilla is the main antagonist, since Mothra vs. Godzilla, made back in 1964. This is also which Godzilla grew to 80 meters rather than 50 meters.
Ran 1985
Vampire Hunter D 1985
Prussian Blue Portrait 1986
A Taxing Woman 1987
Neo Tokyo 1987
Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis 1988
Grave of the Fireflies 1988 Co-production with Studio Ghibli.
Kimagure Orange Road: I Want to Return to That Day 1988
Akira 1988
My Neighbor Totoro 1988 Co-production with Studio Ghibli.
Godzilla vs. Biollante 1989 The second Godzilla film in the Heisei series. The first official Godzilla film made during the Heisei era. The first Heisei Godzilla film in which Godzilla fights an enemy.
Gunhed 1989 aka Ganhedo[127]
Sweet Home 1989
Tokyo: The Last War 1989

1990s[edit]

Film Release Date Notes
Devil Hunter Yohko 1990
Only Yesterday 1991
Zeiram 1991 aka Zeiramu[128]
Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah 1991 The first appearance of King Ghidorah in a movie since Godzilla vs. Gigan, made in 1972. This was considered one of the best Godzilla films of all time. This film is also controversial, because it shows Godzilla in his original form, a Godzillasaurus, attacking American soldiers during World War II. This also marks the first appearance of King Ghidorah's mechanical form, Mecha-King Ghidorah. Also Godzilla went up to 100 meters this time, instead of 80 meters as in the previous 2 Godzilla films.
Godzilla vs. Mothra 1992 The first appearance of Mothra since Destroy All Monsters, made in 1968. The second time Godzilla fights Mothra; this would be used for later Godzilla films.
Porco Rosso 1992
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II 1993 The first appearance of Mechagodzilla since Terror of Mechagodzilla, made in 1975. Like the previous 2 appearances of Mechagodzilla, Mechagodzilla was the main antagonist. However, in this movie and Mechagodzilla's later appearances, Mechagodzilla is the hero and Godzilla is the villain. The first appearance of Godzilla's second son, here known as Baby Godzilla.
Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla 1994 The first new monster Godzilla fights since the previous new monster Godzilla fought was Biollante, in the movie Godzilla vs. Biollante, made back in 1989. The 2nd appearance of Godzilla's second son, now known as Little Godzilla.
Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (Toho only distributed this film) 1995 The first Toho Gamera film. The first Heisei Gamera film. The first Gamera film since Gamera: Super Monster made by Daiei back in 1980.
Godzilla vs. Destoroyah 1995 The last Heisei Godzilla film. The last Godzilla film until Godzilla (1998), and the last Toho Godzilla film until Godzilla 2000: Millennium. The 3rd and final appearance of Godzilla's second son, now known as Godzilla Junior.
Gakkō no Kaidan 1995 The first film of the Gakkō no Kaidan Series.
Gakkō no Kaidan 2 1996 The sequel to Gakkō no Kaidan
Gamera 2: Attack of Legion (Toho only distributed this film) 1996 The 2nd Gamera film in the Heisei Gamera trilogy.
New Kimagure Orange Road: And Then, The Beginning of That Summer 1996
Rebirth of Mothra 1996 The first film of the Rebirth of Mothra trilogy. The first Mothra film without Godzilla since the 1961 film Mothra.
Gakkō no Kaidan 3 1997 The 3rd film of the Gakkō no Kaidan series.
Detective Conan: The Time Bombed Skyscraper 1997 The first film of the Detective Conan series.
Princess Mononoke 1997
Rebirth of Mothra II 1997 The 2nd film of the Rebirth of Mothra trilogy.
Rebirth of Mothra III 1998 The 3rd and final film of the Rebirth of Mothra trilogy.
Detective Conan: The Fourteenth Target 1998 The second film of the Detective Conan series.
Godzilla 1998 Originally made and released by Tristar. Many fans considered this film to be the worst Godzilla film, along with All Monsters Attack and Godzilla vs. Megalon.
Ring 1998
Pokémon The First Movie 1998 The first Pokémon movie made. There would be later Pokémon movies made in the future. The film was originally made by the gaming company known as Nintendo.
Detective Conan: The Last Wizard of the Century 1999 The third film of the Detective Conan series.
Gakkō no Kaidan 4 1999 The last film of the Gakkō no Kaidan series.
Gamera 3: The Revenge of Iris (Toho only distributed this film) 1999 The 3rd and last film of the Heisei Gamera trilogy.
Godzilla 2000: Millennium 1999 The first Toho Godzilla film since Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, made in 1995. The first Millennium Godzilla film. This is also the only Millennium Godzilla film made in the 90s.
Pokémon The Movie 2000 1999 The 2nd Pokémon movie made. The last Pokémon movie made in the 90s. The sequel to the first Pokémon film known as Pocket Monsters: Mewtwo's Counterattack.

2000s[edit]

Film Release Date Notes
Detective Conan: Captured in Her Eyes 2000 The 4th film of the Detective Conan series.
Pokémon 3: The Movie 2000 The 3rd film of the Pokémon animated series.
Godzilla vs. Megaguirus 2000 The 2nd film of the Millennium Godzilla series. The first Godzilla film to be released in the 2000s. Unlike the previous two series, this one has nothing to do with the previous film Godzilla 2000: Millennium.
Detective Conan: Countdown to Heaven 2001 The 5th film of the Detective Conan Series.
Metropolis 2001
Merdeka 17805 2001 Co-production with Rapi Films from Indonesia.
Kairo 2001
Spirited Away 2001 Co-production with Studio Ghibli.
Inuyasha 2001-2004 Co-productions with Sunrise.
Pokémon 4Ever 2001 The 4th film of the Pokémon animated series. Originally it was going to be more on the G.S. Ball, but this was scrapped completely.
Beyblade 2001 Also known as Bakuten Shoot Beyblade The Movie: Gekitou!! Takao vs. Daichi.
Tottoko Hamtaro The Movie: Adventures in Ham-Ham Land 2001 The first film of the Hamtaro series.
Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack 2001 The 3rd entry of the Millennium Godzilla series; just like Godzilla vs. Megaguirus, it has nothing to do with the previous 2 Godzilla films and all the others, except for the first film.
Detective Conan: The Phantom of Baker Street 2002 The 6th film of the Detective Conan series.
Pokémon Heroes 2002 The 5th film of the Pokémon animated series. This also features Generation 3 Pokémon that appeared during Generation 2.
Trotting Hamtaro The Movie: Ham Ham Hamuja! The Captive Princess 2002 The 2nd film of the Hamtaro series.
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla 2002 The 4th film of the Millennium series. Like the rest of the Millennium Godzilla series, none of the previous films have nothing to do with this film, except for the first film. However this is the only one to have a sequel, known as Godzilla, Mothra, Mechagodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S
Detective Conan: Crossroad in the Ancient Capital 2003 The 7th film of the Detective Conan series.
One Missed Call 2003
Tottoko Hamtaro The Movie: Ham-Ham Grand Prix - Miracle in Aurora Valley - Ribbon-chan's Close Call! 2003 The 3rd film of the Hamtaro series.
Godzilla, Mothra, Mechagodzilla: Tokyo S.O.S 2003 The 5th film of the Millennium Godzilla series. The only Millennium Godzilla film to be a sequel to a previous Millennium Godzilla film, Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla. This film is also connected with Mothra.
Pokémon: Jirachi Wishmaker 2003 The 6th film of the Pokémon animated series.
Howl's Moving Castle 2004 Co-production with Studio Ghibli.
Naruto the Movie 2004
Godzilla: Final Wars 2004 The final Godzilla film of the Millennium series. The first and only Godzilla film to have nothing to do with any Godzilla film before it, even the first film. The last Godzilla film until Godzilla in 2014. The last Toho Godzilla film until Shin Godzilla in 2016.
Steamboy 2004
Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence 2004
Tottoko Hamtaro Ham Ham Paradise! The Movie: Hamtaro and the Demon of the Mysterious Picture Book Tower 2004 The 4th film of the Hamtaro series.
Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys 2004 The 7th film of the Pokémon animated series.
Lolerei 2005
Detective Conan: Strategy Above the Depths 2005 The 8th film of the Detective Conan series.
Always Sanchōme no Yūhi 2005
Naruto the Movie 2 2005 The sequel to Naruto the Movie.
Densha Otoko 2005
NANA 2005
Arashi no Yoru ni 2005
Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew 2005 The 8th film of the Pokémon animated series. This features Lucario, a Pokémon of the next Generation after Generation 3.
Bleach: Memories of Nobody 2006
Dōbutsu no Mori 2006 Co-production with O.L.M., Nintendo, and Shogakukan.
Detective Conan: The Private Eyes' Requiem 2006 The 9th film of the Detective Conan series.
Nada Sousou 2006
NANA2 2006 The sequel to NANA.
Nihon Chinbotsu (Japan Sinks) 2006
Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea 2006 The 9th film of the Pokémon animated series.
Rough 2006
Touch 2006
Always Zoku Sanchome no Yuhi 2007 Godzilla makes a special cameo appearance is this film. The first Toho film to feature Godzilla since Godzilla: Final Wars
Eiga De Tojo-Tamagotchi: Dokidoki! Uchuu no Maigotchi!? 2007
Hero 2007
Crows Zero 2007
Detective Conan: Jolly Roger in the Deep Azure 2007 The tenth film of the Detective Conan Series.
Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai 2007 The tenth film of the Pokemon animated series.
Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior 2008 The 11th film of the Pokemon animated series.
Hana Yori Dango Final 2008
Ponyo on the Cliff 2008
20th Century Boys: Beginning of the End 2008 The first film of the 20th Century Boy series.
I Survived a Japanese Game Show 2008
Mystery of the Third Planet 2008
Detective Conan: Full Score of Fear 2008 The 11th film of the Detective Conan series.
20th Century Boys 2: The Last Hope and 20th Century Boys 3: Redemption 2009 The sequels to 20th Century Boys: Beginning of the End.
Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Spaceblazer 2009 A sequel to the 1980 film.
Crows Zero 2 2009 The sequel to Crows Zero.
Detective Conan: The Raven Chaser 2009 The 12th film of the Detective Conan series.
April Bride 2009
Rookies 2009
Gokusen: The Movie 2009
Amalfi: Rewards of the Goddess 2009
Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life 2009 The 12th film of the Pokemon animated series.
I Give My First Love to You 2009
Shizumanu Taiyō 2009
Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva 2009

2010s[edit]

Film Release date Notes
Doraemon: Nobita's Great Battle of the Mermaid King 2010 Another sequel to the Doraemon series.
Liar Game: The Final Stage 2010
Detective Conan: The Lost Ship in the Sky 2010 The thirteenth film of the Detective Conan series.
Confessions 2010
Bayside Shakedown 3 2010
Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions 2010 The 12th film for the Pokemon animated series before Spirit International distributed them.
Arrietty 2010
Hanamizuki 2010
Colorful (film) 2010
Umizaru 3: The Last Message 2010 Another sequel to Umizaru.
13 Assassins 2010
Gantz 2011 Also known as Gantz: Perfect Answer
Doraemon: Nobita and the New Steel Troops—Winged Angels 2011 Another sequel to the Doraemon series.
Detective Conan: Quarter of Silence 2011 The 14th film of the Detective Conan series.
Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram and Pokémon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom (2011) 2011 The 14th film(s) for the Pokemon animated series before Spirit International distributed them. This is also the first Pokemon film(s) to be the same story, but the other version has the legendary Pokemon Reshiram and Zekrom reversed.
From Up on Poppy Hill 2011
Unfair 2: The Answer 2011 The sequel to Unfair.
A Ghost of a Chance 2011
Genji Monogatari: Sennen no Nazo 2011
Always Sanchōme no Yūhi '64 2012
Ace Attorney 2012
Blue Exorcist: The Movie 2012 Co-production with A-1 Pictures.
Doraemon: Nobita and the Island of Miracles—Animal Adventure 2012 Another sequel to the Doraemon series.
Detective Conan: The Eleventh Striker 2012 The 15th film of the Detective Conan series.
Thermae Romae 2012 The first film of the Thermae Romae series.
Brave Hearts: Umizaru 2012
Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice 2012 The 15th film for the Pokemon animated series before Spirit International distributed them.
The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki 2012
Jewelpet the Movie: Sweets Dance Princess 2012
Bayside Shakedown The Final 2012 The final Bayside Shakedown film.
Doraemon: Nobita's Secret Gadget Museum 2013 Another sequel to the Doraemon series.
Detective Conan: Private Eye in the Distant Sea 2013 The 16th film of The Detective Conan series.
Midsummer's Equation 2013
Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened 2013 The 16th film for the Pokemon animated series before Spirit International distributed them.
The Wind Rises 2013
Gatchaman 2013
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya 2013
Lupin the 3rd vs. Detective Conan: The Movie 2013 The 17th film of the Detective Conan series. The 2nd film in the Lupin the Third series. This is also a team-up between 2 different series which appeared in one film, similar to King Kong vs. Godzilla.
The Eternal Zero 2013
Detective Conan: Dimensional Sniper 2014 The 18th film of the Detective Conan series.
Thermae Romae II 2014 The 2nd film of the Thermae Romae series.
A Bolt from the Blue 2014
Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction 2014 The 17th film of the Pokemon animated series. The beginning of Spirit International's distribution of the Pokémon films.
When Marnie Was There 2014
Godzilla 2014 The first Godzilla film since Godzilla: Final Wars. The first American Godzilla film since Godzilla (1998). The first Godzilla film made by Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. The first film of the MonsterVerse series. The first Godzilla MonsterVerse film. This would be the first Godzilla film made since Godzilla: Final Wars, until Toho's Shin Godzilla.
Stand by Me Doraemon 2014 Another sequel to the Doraemon series.
Lupin III 2014 The 3rd film of the Lupin the Third Series. It is actually the 4th film if you count Lupin the 3rd vs. Detective Conan: The Movie.
A Samurai Chronicle 2014
Parasyte: Part 1 2014 The first film of the Parasyte series.
The Last: Naruto the Movie 2014 The last film of the Naruto series until Boruto: Naruto the Movie.
Blue Spring Ride 2014
The Vancouver Asahi 2014
Yo-Kai Watch the Movie: The Secret is Created, Nyan! 2014 The first Yo-Kai Watch film for the Yo-Kai Watch TV series, similar to the Pokémon animated series.
Doraemon: Nobita's Space Heroes 2015 Another sequel to the Doraemon series.
Assassination Classroom 2015
Crayon Shin-chan: My Moving Story! Cactus Large Attack! 2015
Detective Conan: Sunflowers of Inferno 2015 The last film of the Detective Conan series.
Parasyte: Part 2 2015 The 2nd film of the Parasyte series.
Flying Colors 2015
The Boy and the Beast 2015
Hero 2015
Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages 2015 The 18th film of the Pokémon animated series. International distribution is handled by Spirit International.
Dragon Blade (film) 2015 Co-production with Studio Ghibli.
Attack on Titan 2015 It is also known as Attack on Titan: End of the World. The first official Toho monster film made in live action since Godzilla: Final Wars, which was made in 2004.
Boruto: Naruto the Movie 2015 The first Naruto film since The Last: Naruto the Movie.
Unfair: The End 2015 The last film of the Unfair series.
Shin Godzilla 2016 The first Toho Godzilla film since Godzilla: Final Wars. The first Toho Godzilla film to use two directors. The first appearance of Godzilla in an official Toho film since his cameo appearance in the 2007 film Always Zoku Sanchome no Yuhi. The first appearance of Godzilla since the 2014 film Godzilla. The first of the post-Millennium Godzilla series. The first Godzilla film in which he is the only monster in the movie since the 1954 film Godzilla and the 1984 film The Return of Godzilla.
Your name. 2016
Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel 2016 The 19th film of the Pokémon animated series.
Doraemon the Movie 2017: Great Adventure in the Antarctic Kachi Kochi 2017 Another sequel to the Doraemon series.
Kong: Skull Island 2017 The second MonsterVerse film. The first King Kong film since the 2005 remake of King Kong. The first MonsterVerse film which does not have Godzilla in it, except for the post-credits scene which feature cave drawings of Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan, with the last cave drawing showing Godzilla fighting King Ghidorah, after which Godzilla's roar is heard when the screen goes black, hinting at the upcoming 2019 film Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The first King Kong reboot film since King Kong vs. Godzilla and King Kong Escapes.
Crayon Shin-chan: Invasion!! Alien Shiriri 2017
Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters 2017 The first animated Godzilla film. The second film of the post-Millennium series. It has been said that it will be the first of a trilogy, with two later animated Godzilla films coming soon after this one.
Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! 2017 The 20th film of the Pokemon animated series. This film will be distributed by Spirit International Pictures.[clarification needed]
Doraemon: Nobita's Treasure Island 2018 Another sequel to the Doraemon series.

Upcoming[edit]

Film Release Date Notes
Pokemon Untitled film project 2018 The First film at the Alola region.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters 2019 Under license to Toho, a Legendary Pictures production. The third MonsterVerse film. The second MonsterVerse Godzilla film.
Godzilla vs. Kong 2020 Under license to Toho, a Legendary Pictures production. The fourth MonsterVerse film. The third MonsterVerse Godzilla film and the second MonsterVerse King Kong film.
Pokémon's Detective Pikachu TBA Based on a game of the same name.

Television[edit]

Tokusatsu[edit]

Anime[edit]

In more recent years and for a period, they have produced video games. One of their first video game was the 1990 NES game titled Circus Caper. Later, they followed with a series of games based on Godzilla and a 1992 game called Serizawa Nobuo no Birdy Try. It also published games such as Super Aleste. They even worked with Bandai on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, released in Japan in 1988 and in the United States in 1989.

Headquarters[edit]

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.[129]

See also[edit]

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