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Toho Co., Ltd. is a classic Film company Known For There world famous Godzilla Franchise who is featured in 33 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 Educational Film Companies Logo from 1932–51, presented in a windowboxed 1.33:1 frame

1966 logo

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

TohoScope

Main article: TohoScope

Toho-Scope is an anamorphic lens system developed in the late 1950s by Toho Studios in response to the popularity of CinemaScope. Its technical specifications are identical to those of CinemaScope. This widescreen format was first used for the black-and-white films The Men of Tohoku, and On Wings of Love, made use of color in The Last Pursuit, and debuted in full-color (and tokusatsu) with The Mysterians (all 1957). The label fell out of use in 1965 to be replaced by Panavision lenses of similar specifications.

In contemporary popular culture, the recognizable Toho Scope logo prefaced Godzilla: Final Wars, one of many homages to older science fiction productions made throughout the film.

Films

1930s

Film Release Date Notes
Three Sisters with Maiden Hearts 1935 The first-ever film 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 2 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

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
Ramayana 1943 a Forgotten film with effects by Eiji Tsuburaya
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

Toho's Classic Logo from the early 1960's

1950s

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 Nov. 3, 1954 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; Godzilla was released in the US in 1956, dubbed in English and heavily re-edited into the film known 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, King Kong vs. Godzilla and Daiei Film's Gamera, the Giant Monster)
Tomei Ningen (The Invisible Man) 1954 aka The Invisible Avenger; never dubbed in English; B&W/full screen.
Sound of the Mountain 1954 aka Yama no Oto
Late Chrysanthemums 1954 aka Bangiku
Floating Clouds 1955 aka Ukigumo
Godzilla Raids Again Apr. 24, 1955 aka Gojira no gyakushu (Godzilla's Counterattack); shot in B&W/full screen; featured the 1st appearance of the monster Anguirus; a rushed sequel to the previous Godzilla; released in the U.S. as Gigantis the Fire Monster; series was put on hiatus after this until 1962's King Kong vs. Godzilla.
Half Human (Jujin Yukiotoko/ Monster Snowman) Aug. 14, 1955 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 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 aka Byaku fugin no yoren, aka The Bewitched Love of Madame Pai; released in US in 1965
Flowing 1956 aka Nagareru
Rodan Dec. 26, 1956 aka Sora no daikaiju Radon (The Sky's Giant Monsters: Rodan); first Toho film made in color; featured the first appearance of both Rodan and the Meganulons
Untamed 1957 aka Arakure
The Secret Scrolls Part One 1957 aka Yagyu Bugeicho, aka Yagyu Secret Scrolls; released subtitled in US in 1967
Throne of Blood 1957 aka Kumonosu-djo (Cobweb Castle); aka Castle of the Spider's Web
Ikiteiru koheiji 1957 musical
Knockout Drops 1957 aka Tokyo no Tekisasujin, directed by Motoyoshi Oda
The rainbow does not disappear in my chest 1957
Snow Country 1957 aka Yukiguni.
The Lower Depths 1957 aka Donzoko; directed by Akira Kurosawa
The Mysterians Dec. 28, 1957 aka Chikyu Boeigun (Earth Defense Force); first appearance of the robot Moguera
The Secret Scrolls Part Two 1958 aka Ninjutsu; released in US in 1968, subtitled
The H-Man June 24, 1958 aka Bijo To Ekatai-Ningen (Beauty and the Liquid People)
The Hidden Fortress 1958 aka Kakushi toride no san akunin
Shirasagi 1958 aka The Snowy Heron
Adventures of Sun Wu Kung 1958 aka Sungoku: The Road to the West (special effects by Eiji Tsuburaya)
Varan Oct. 14, 1958 aka Daikaiju Baran (Giant Monster Baran); 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 Film's Gamera, the Giant Monster
Ishimatsu Travels with Ghosts 1959 aka Moro no Ichimatsu yurei dochu
The Birth of Japan (Nippon Tanjo) Nov. 1, 1959 aka The Three Treasures, aka Age of the Gods
Battle in Outer Space Dec. 26, 1959 aka Uchū Daisensō (Great War in Space)

1960s

Film Release Date Notes
The Secret of the Telegian Apr. 10, 1960 aka Denso ningen/ The Electrically-Transmitted Man
The Bad Sleep Well 1960 aka Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru; directed by Akira Kurosawa
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
The Human Vapor Dec. 11, 1960 aka Gasu ningen dai ichigo (Gas Human Being #1); a sequel was planned, to be called Frankenstein vs. the Human Vapor, but the project was scrapped.
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 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 aka Sekai daisenso (The Great World War)
The End of Summer 1961 aka Kohayagawa-ke no aki
My Friend Death 1961 aka Yurei Hanjo-ki; filmed in B&W/Scope
Sanjuro 1962 aka Tsubaki Sanjūrō; directed by Akira Kurosawa
The Youth and his Amulet 1962 aka Gen and Fudo-Myoh
Gorath Mar. 21, 1962 aka Yosei Gorasu (Suspicious Star Gorath); the walrus-monster in the film, Maguma, was removed from the American version of the film entirely
King Kong vs. Godzilla Aug. 11, 1962 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); directed by Akira Kurosawa
The Lost World of Sinbad 1963 aka Dai tozoku (The Great Thief); aka Samurai Pirate
Matango Aug. 11, 1963 aka Attack of the Mushroom People
Atragon Dec. 22, 1963 aka Kaitei gunkan (Undersea Battleship); first appearance of the snake-monster Manda, who would later reappear in Destroy All Monsters.
Yearning 1964 aka Midareru
Whirlwind 1964 aka Dai tatsumaki
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
Mothra vs. Godzilla Apr. 29, 1964 aka Godzilla vs. The Thing; the last Showa Godzilla film where Godzilla was the villain
Kwaidan (Ghost Story) 1964 aka Kaidan; anthology of four short stories (The Black Hair, Woman of the Snow, Hoichi the Earless and In a Cup of Tea)
Shirasagi 1964 aka The Snowy Heron
Dogora (aka Dagora, the Space Monster) Aug. 11, 1964 aka Uchu daikaiju Dogora (Giant Space Monster Dogora)
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster Dec. 20, 1964 aka San daikaiju chikyu saidai no kessen (The Greatest Giant Monster Battle on Earth); 1st ever appearance of King Ghidorah; also featured Rodan and Mothra
Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kayaku no taru 1964 This film and the one following were edited together to form the English-dubbed film What's Up, Tiger Lily?
Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi 1965 This film 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)
Red Beard (Akahige) 1965 directed by Akira Kurosawa
Frankenstein Conquers the World Aug. 8, 1965 aka Furankenshutain tai chitei kaiju Baragon (Frankenstein vs. Subterranean Monster Baragon); first appearance of the monster Baragon, who would later reappear in Destroy All Monsters; alternate ending was filmed which again featured the Oodako (a giant optopus), but it was later edited out of the international version; see sequel called War of the Gargantuas.
Invasion of Astro-Monster (aka Monster Zero) Dec. 19, 1965 aka Kaiju daisenso (The Great Monster War); this was the 6th 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 aka Tanin no kao (Face of a Stranger)
Silence Has No Wings 1966 aka Tobenai Chinmoko
War of the Gargantuas July 31, 1966 aka Furankenshutain no kaiju - Sanda tai Gairah (The Monsters of Frankenstein - Sanda vs. Gairah); the sequel to Frankenstein vs. Baragon
Adventures of Takla Makan (Kiganjo no boken) 1966 aka Adventure in Kigan Castle, B&W/TohoScope
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (aka Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster) Dec. 17, 1966 aka Gojira, Ebira, Mosura Nankai no Daikettō (Godzilla, Ebirah, Mothra: Big Duel in the South Seas); the first Godzilla film in which the main setting is a barren South Pacific island rather than a city; first appearance of the giant lobster 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
The Killing Bottle (Zettai zetsumei) 1967 crime drama starring Nick Adams
Tenamonya: Ghost Journey 1967 aka Ghost of Two Travelers at Tenamonya (Tenamonya yurei dochu)
Samurai Rebellion 1967 aka Jōi-uchi: Hairyō tsuma shimatsu
King Kong Escapes (King Kong no gyakushu) July 22, 1967 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 Gorosaurus and Mechani-Kong
Son of Godzilla (Gojira no musuko) Dec. 16, 1967 aka Kaiju shima no kessen: Gojira no musuko; 1st appearance of Minilla, Kamacuras, and Kumonga
Kuroneko (The Black Cat) Feb. 24, 1968 B&W/ TohoScope
Destroy All Monsters Aug. 1, 1968 aka Kaiju soshingeki (March of the Monsters); features Godzilla, Minilla, Mothra, Rodan, Anguirus, King Ghidorah, Varan, Baragon, Kumonga, Gorosaurus, and Manda.
Latitude Zero July 26, 1969 aka Ido zero dai sakusen (Latitude Zero: Big Military Operation)
Portrait of Hell September, 1969 aka A Story of Hell, aka Jigokuhen
All Monsters Attack Dec. 20, 1969 aka Godzilla's Revenge; the 10th Godzilla film, this one was geared for children

1970s

Film Release date Notes
The Vampire Doll July 4, 1970 aka Chi o suu ningyo (Bloodthirsty Doll); aka Night of the Vampire; released in U.S. subtitled only
Terror in the Streets 1970 aka Akuma ga Yondeiru; features an invisible man; released on a double bill with The Vampire Doll
Space Amoeba (aka Yog, Monster from Space) Aug. 1, 1970 aka Gezora, Ganime, Kameba: Kessen nankai no daikaiju (Gezora, Ganimes, and Kamoebas: Decisive Battle! Giant Monsters of the South Seas) features three monsters named Gezora, Ganimes and Kamoebas
Dodes'ka-den October, 1970 directed by Akira Kurosawa (his first color film)
Inn of Evil March 1, 1971 aka Inochi bonifuro
To Love Again 1971 aka Ai futatabi
Godzilla vs. Hedorah (aka Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster) July 24, 1971 aka Gojira tai Hedora
The Battle of Okinawa 1971 aka Gekido no showashi: Okinawa kessen
Lake of Dracula 1971 aka Chi o suu me (Bloodthirsty Eyes), aka Bloodsucking Eyes; English-dubbed version sold directly to TV in US in 1980, with three minutes cut
Young Guy vs. Blue Guy 1971 aka Wakadaishô tai Aodaishô
Godzilla vs. Gigan (aka Godzilla on Monster Island) Mar. 12, 1972 The last film which Haruo Nakajima played Godzilla; also features King Ghidorah and 1st appearance of Gigan
Daigoro vs. Goliath (Kaiju daifunsen: Daigoro tai Goriasu) 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
Lightning Swords of Death 1972 aka Sword of Vengeance
Shogun Assassin 1972 aka Baby Cart at the River Styx
Godzilla vs. Megalon Mar. 17, 1973 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 translation: Gimme Gimme, Octopus; a Japanese children's television series
Lady Snowblood 1973 aka Shurayuki-hime; action film based on a Japanese manga comic book
The Human Revolution (Ningen Kakumei) 1973
Submersion of Japan (Nippon chiubotsu) Dec. 29, 1973 aka Tidal Wave
Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla Mar. 21, 1974 originally known as Godzilla vs. the Bionic Monster, then changed to Godzilla vs. the Cosmic Monster; the first appearance of Mechagodzilla
Prophecies of Nostradamus (Nostradamus no dai yogen) 1974 aka The Last Days of Planet Earth, aka Catastrophe 1999; released to US television in 1981
Evil of Dracula July, 1974 aka Chi o suu bara (The Bloodthirsty Rose); aka The Vampire Rose, The Bloodsucking Rose
Lupin III 1974 aka Lupin III: Strange Psychokinetic Strategy, aka Rupan Sansei: Nenriki Chin Sakusen; live action film based on a Japanese manga comic book
ESPY (aka Esupai) December, 1974 aka E.S.P. Spy
Terror of Mechagodzilla Mar. 15, 1975 aka Mekagojira no gyakushu (Mechagodzilla's Counterattack), aka The Terror of Godzilla
Demon Spies 1975 aka Oniwaban
The Human Revolution II (Zoku Ningen Kakumei) 1976 The sequel to The Human Revolution.
The Inugamis 1976
The Last Dinosaur Feb. 11, 1977 aka Polar Probe Ship: Polar Borer, aka Saigo no Kyoru; joint effort between Toho, Rankin/Bass, Tsuburaya Productions, CIC, and Warner Bros.. Aired in the United States February 11, 1977 as a made-for-TV 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 never dubbed in English
The War in Space Dec. 17, 1977 aka Wakusei Daisenso (The Great Planet War)
The Mystery of Mamo 1978 aka The Secret of Mamo; animated film based on a manga comic book
The Phoenix (Hinotori) 1978 released subtitled in the US in 1982 at 137 minutes
The Castle of Cagliostro 1979 released dubbed in UK in 1991 at 100 minutes, based on a manga comic book.


2020s

Film Release Date Notes
Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku 2020 Third Toho Reiwa Romantic Comedy film.

Upcoming

Film Release Date Notes
Doraemon: Nobita's New Dinosaur 2020 First Doraemon film under the Reiwa (Reformist) period.
Detective Conan: The Scarlet Letter 2020 The 24th film of the Detective Conan series.
Crayon Shin-chan: Crash! Rakuga Kingdom and Almost Four Heroes 2020
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 2020 The fourth film of Rebuild of Evangelion series. Co-distribution with Toei Company.
Pokémon the Movie: Coco 2020
Monster Hunter 2021 Based on a video game series by Capcom. Co-Production with Impact Pictures, Constantin Film, Sony Pictures, and Tencent Pictures.
Godzilla vs. Kong 2021 Under license from Toho, a Legendary Pictures production and a crossover film. The fourth MonsterVerse film. The third MonsterVerse Godzilla film and the second MonsterVerse King Kong film.
Shin Ultraman 2021 Based on a franchise to commemorate the 55th Anniversary of Ultra Series. Co-production with Cine Bazzar and Tsuburaya Productions.
What Did You Eat Yesterday? 2021 Based on a manga by Fumi Yoshinaga.
Raiden 2021 First Japanese Heroine Based on a Raiden (series).
Stand by Me Doraemon 2 TBA

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