The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography

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Scarecrow Press, May 16, 2008 - Performing Arts - 528 pages
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Since its inception in 1933, Toho Co., Ltd., Japan's most famous movie production company and distributor, has produced and/or distributed some of the most notable films ever to come out of Asia, including Seven Samurai, Godzilla, When a Woman Ascends the Stairs, Kwaidan, Woman in the Dunes, Ran, Shall We Dance?, Ringu, and Spirited Away. While the western world often defines Toho by its iconic classics, which include the Godzilla franchise and many of the greatest films of the legendary director Akira Kurosawa and actor Toshiro Mifune, these pictures represent but a tiny fraction of Toho's rich history.

The Toho Studios Story: A History and Complete Filmography provides a complete picture of every Toho feature the Japanese studio produced and releasedóas well as foreign films that it distributedóduring its first 75 years. Presented chronologically, each entry in the filmography includes, where applicable, the original Japanese title, a direct translation of that title, the film's international, U.S. release, and alternate titles; production credits, including each film's producers, director, screenwriters, cinematographers, art directors, and composers, among others; casts with character names; production companies, technical specs, running times, and release dates; U.S. release data including distributor, whether the film was released subtitled or dubbed, and alternate versions; domestic and international awards; and plot synopses.

Containing information not available on the Internet, The Toho Studios Story also contains a decade-by-decade history of the studio, making it an indispensable reference for conducting research on Japanese cinema and cultural history.
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Contents

1940s
35
1950s
75
1960s
163
1970s
263
1980s
319
1990s
369
2000s
411
Toho Chronology
451
Tohos Overseas Theaters
453
Tohos Film Series
455
Bibliography
459
Indexes
461
About the Author
537
Copyright

About the author (2008)

Stuart Galbraith IV is the author of seven books, including The Emperor and the Wolf (2002), the joint biography of Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune, and Japanese Cinema (2008). He also provides DVD audio commentaries and liner note essays, writes a DVD column for the English edition of The Daily Yomiuri, and reviews DVDs at DVDTalk.com.

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