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Toho Company, Limited (東宝株式会社,   Tōhō Kabushiki-Kaisha?, lit. Toho Co., Ltd.) 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 and tokusatsu movies, the films of Akira Kurosawa, and the anime films of Studio Ghibli, as well as the Pokémon movies.

The company's most famous creation, Godzilla, was created by Tomoyuki Tanaka.


Toho was founded by the Hankyu Railway in 1932 as the Tokyo-Takarazuka Theater Company. 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, 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 was so named "New Toho" because it broke off from Toho.

TohoScope logo

The classic TohoScope logo, used for Toho's widescreen movies from 1957 to 1964, and once more in 2004's Godzilla Final Wars

They have contributed to the production of some American films, including Sam Raimi's A Simple Plan.










Cancelled Films

Main article: Category:Unmade Films.


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





  • Akira Kurosawa
  • Hayao Miyazaki
  • Ishiro Honda
  • Jun Fukuda
  • Kinji Fukasaku
  • Masaaki Tezuka
  • Nobuhiko Obayasaki
  • Shinji Higuchi
  • Shusuke Kaneko
  • Takao Okawra
  • Toshiro Mifune


  • Akira Kurosawa
  • Hayao Miyazaki
  • Ikuma Dam
  • Ishiro Honda
  • Jun Fukuda
  • Kinji Fukasaku
  • Masaaki Tezuka
  • Nobuhiko Obayashi
  • Seishi Yokomizo
  • Shogo Tomiyama
  • Shusuke Kaneko
  • Takao Okawara
  • Tomoyuki Tanaka
  • Wataru Mimura


  • Akira Ifukube
  • Fumio Hayasaka
  • Ikuma Dan
  • Isao Tomita
  • Joe Hisaishi
  • Kiyoko Ogino
  • Kow Otani
  • Kunio Miyauchi
  • Masamichi Amano
  • Masaru Sato
  • Michiru Oshima
  • Reijiro Koroku
  • Riichiro Manabe 
  • Takayuki Hattori
  • Toru Takemitsu
  • Toshiyuki Watanabe
  • Yasuharu Takanashi

Special Effects Crew

Musical Artists

  • Asami Abe
  • Masatoh Eve
  • U-Ya Asaoka


  • Akira Kurosawa
  • Nobuhiko Obayashi




This is a list of references for Toho Company Ltd.. 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]

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  2. "Toho" Far East Film News December 25, 1963.

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