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Toei Company, Ltd. (東映株式会社, Tōei Kabushiki-gaisha) (/t./) (also styled TOEI) is a Japanese film, television production, and distribution and video game developer and publisher 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). It is a member of the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan (MPPAJ), and is one of Japan's Big Four film studios.

Toei Company, Ltd.
Native name
Tōei Kabushiki-gaisha
Public KK
Traded asTYO: 9605
IndustryFilm and Television
Video Games
FoundedJune 8, 1938; 81 years ago (1938-06-08) (as Toyoko Eiga)
October 1, 1949; 69 years ago (1949-10-01) (as Tokyo Film Distribution, a subdsidiary of Tokyu and Toyoko Eiga)
April 1, 1951; 68 years ago (1951-04-01) (as Toei Company)
FounderKeita Goto
2-17 Ginza 3-chome, Chūō, Tokyo 104-8108
Area served
Key people
Noriyuki Tada
(President and CEO)
ProductsMotion pictures, publicity materials
ServicesFilm and TV distribution and marketing
Former distributor of 20th Century Fox movies across Japan (until 2019)
Revenue¥ 66,300,000,000
(as of March 2006)
OwnerAs per 31 March 2016:
The Asahi Shimbun (ultimate largest shareholder, through TV Asahi Holdings, which owns 11.3%)
TBS Television (5.69%)
JTSB investment trusts (5.69%)
Bandai Namco Holdings (4.82%)
Tokyu Corporation (4.06%)
Fuji Media Holdings/Fujisankei Communications Group (3.87%)
Nippon TV (3.25%)
Number of employees
(as of March 31, 2006)
SubsidiariesToei Lab Tech
Toei International

Toei Digital Lab[1]
Toei Animation (41%)[2]
Toei TV Production
Toei Video
Toei Satellite TV
Cinema Plus[1]
Toei Advertising
Toei CM[1]
San-Ei Printing[1]
Toei Music Publishing[1]
Toei Studios Kyoto[1]
Toei Kenko[1]
Toei Foods[1]
Toei Golf Club[1]
K.K.Central Arts[1]
T-Joy (operates Toei's cinema undertakings except in Ginza and Shibuya)
Amazon Laterna[1]

Coyote Inc.[1]

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


Toei's predecessor, the Toyoko Eiga Company, Ltd. (東横映画, Tō-Yoko Eiga, "Toyoko Films"), was incorporated in 1938. It was founded by Keita Goto, which was CEO of Tokyo-Yokohama Electric Railway (東京横浜電鉄, Tōkyō-Yokohama Dentetsu), the direct predecessor to the Tokyu Corporation. It 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 as a subsidiary of Toyoko Eiga; in 1951 the company purchased Ōizumi Films. The current iteration of Toei was established in 1 April 1951.

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 (日本動画映画, Nihon Dōga Eiga, often shortened to 日動映画 (Nichidō Eiga)), 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, Metal Hero and Super Sentai series; the genre currently continues with Kamen Rider and Super Sentai.

Toei was also the exclusive distributor for 20th Century Fox movies in Japan, until Fox's acquisition by Disney, which completed in 2019.

Toei's tokusatsu & horror filmsEdit

Shibuya Toei, Tokyo

Year Title
1954 Weak-Kneed from Fear of Ghost Cat (Kaibyo kushinuke daisodo).[3]
1956 The Phantom Cat (Kaibyo Ranbu).[4]
1956 The Swamp (Kaidan Chidori-ga-fuchi).[5]
1957 Ghost Story of Broken Dishes at Bancho Mansion (Kaidan Bancho Sarayashiki); based on "Ghost of Yotsuya" legend.[6]
1958 Moonlight Mask (Gekko Kamen). 6 individual movies released from 1958 to 1959, all B&W/Scope [7]
1958 The Lady was a Ghost (Kaidan Dochu).[8]
1958 Ghost Cat of Karakuri Tenjo (Kaibyo karakuri tenjo).[9]
May 19, 1959 Planet Prince (US title: Prince of Space)[10]
May 25, 1959 Planet Prince – The Terrifying Spaceship[10]
1959 The Ghost from the Pond (Kaidan Hitotsu-me Jizo).[11]
1960 The Final War (B&W/Scope)[12]
1960 Ghost of Gojusan-tsugi (Kaidan Gojusan-tsugi).[13]
1960 Alakazam the Great (Saiyu-ki, the Enchanted Monkey); animated feature in color [14]
1961 Invasion of the Neptune Men (B&W/full screen)[15]
1961 The Ghost of Yotsuya (a.k.a. Kaidan Oiwa no Borei/ The Ghost of Oiwa)[16]
1962 Ghost Music of Shamisen (a.k.a. Kaidan Shamisen-bori)[17]
1962 The Adventures of Sinbad (a.k.a. Sinbad no Boken); animated feature in color and ToeiScope[18]
1965 House of Terrors (a.k.a. Kaidan semushi otoko/ Ghost of the Hunchback) (B&W/Scope)[19][20]
1965 Curse of the One-eyed Corpse (a.k.a. Kaidan Katame Otoko / Ghost of the One-eyed Man) [21]
1966 The Magic Serpent (a.k.a. Grand Duel in Magic) Color/Scope[22]
1966 Terror Beneath the Sea (a.k.a. Water Cyborgs) Color/Scope[23]
1966 Ogon Batto (a.k.a. Golden Bat) B&W/Scope[10]
1967 Yongary: Monster from the Deep Color/Scope; a Japan/South Korea co-production [24]
1967–1968 Giant Robo tv series, a.k.a. Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot (a feature version was made from combining several tv episodes, released as Voyage into Space in 1970)
1968 The Green Slime (Color/Scope; a U.S./Japan/Italy co-production)[12]
1968 Fear of the Snake Woman (Kaidan Hebioona).[25]
1975 Wolfguy: Enraged Lycanthrope
1977 Legend of Dinosaurs & Monster Birds (a.k.a. Legend of the Dinosaurs) Color/Scope[22]
1978 Message from Space (Color/Scope)[7]
1978 Spider-Man
1979 Jigoku (Hell) [26]
1979 Time Slip (Color/Scope)[23]
1986 Choushinsei Flashman: The Movie
1986 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: Ohranger 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
2002 Kamen Rider Ryuki: Episode Final
2002 Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger Shushuuto the Movie
2003 Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger vs. Gaoranger
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
2009 Dragonball: Evolution
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

Toei animation filmsEdit

Toei produced/distributed showsEdit

Year Title
1993-present Power Rangers franchise
1994-1996 VR Troopers
1995-1996 Masked Rider
1996-1998 Big Bad Beetleborgs later (Beetleborgs Metallix)
2008-2009 Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight

Video GamesEdit

Saburo YatsudeEdit

Saburō Yatsude (八手 三郎, Yatsude Saburō, alternatively read as Saburo Hatte) is a collective pseudonym used by Toei Company television producers, and formerly Toei Animation producers, when contributing to their various anime and tokusatsu series; similar to Sunrise's Hajime Yatate. 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, Space Emperor God Sigma, Beast King GoLion, and Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV. The name is also used as a contributor to the soundtracks for the series.

Toei Animation stopped using Saburo Yatsude in 1999; since then they use Izumi Todo instead. The first anime that was created by Izumi Todo was Ojamajo Doremi.

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.

Saburo Yatsude's name isn't inspired by Saburo/Hakaider.[citation needed]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "TOEI GROUP" (in Japanese). Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  2. ^ "IR NEWS | 支配株主等に関する事項について (Matters concerning the controlling shareholder)" (in Japanese). May 18, 2018.
  3. ^ Lee, Walter W. (1973). "Reference Guide to Fantastic Films". Chelsea-Lee Books. Page 238
  4. ^ Lee, Walter W. (1973). "Reference Guide to Fantastic Films". Chelsea-Lee Books. Page 238
  5. ^ Lee, Walter W. (1973). "Reference Guide to Fantastic Films". Chelsea-Lee Books. Page 238
  6. ^ Lee, Walter W. (1973). "Reference Guide to Fantastic Films". Chelsea-Lee Books. Page 239
  7. ^ a b Galbraith IV 1994, p. 332.
  8. ^ Lee, Walter W. (1973). "Reference Guide to Fantastic Films". Chelsea-Lee Books. Page 238
  9. ^ Lee, Walter W. (1973). "Reference Guide to Fantastic Films". Chelsea-Lee Books. Page 238
  10. ^ a b c Galbraith IV 1994, p. 333.
  11. ^ Lee, Walter W. (1973). "Reference Guide to Fantastic Films". Chelsea-Lee Books. Page 239
  12. ^ a b Galbraith IV 1994, p. 326.
  13. ^ Lee, Walter W. (1973). "Reference Guide to Fantastic Films". Chelsea-Lee Books. Page 239
  14. ^ Lee, Walter W. (1973). "Reference Guide to Fantastic Films". Chelsea-Lee Books. Page 8
  15. ^ Galbraith IV 1994, p. 328.
  16. ^ Lee, Walter W. (1973). "Reference Guide to Fantastic Films". Chelsea-Lee Books. Page 239
  17. ^ Lee, Walter W. (1973). "Reference Guide to Fantastic Films". Chelsea-Lee Books. Page 239
  18. ^ Lee, Walter W. (1973). "Reference Guide to Fantastic Films". Chelsea-Lee Books. Page 4
  19. ^ Galbraith IV 1994, p. 327.
  20. ^ Lee, Walter W. (1973). "Reference Guide to Fantastic Films". Chelsea-Lee Books. Page 239
  21. ^ Lee, Walter W. (1973). "Reference Guide to Fantastic Films". Chelsea-Lee Books. Page 239
  22. ^ a b Galbraith IV 1994, p. 331.
  23. ^ a b Galbraith IV 1994, p. 335.
  24. ^ Galbraith IV 1994, p. 337.
  25. ^ Lee, Walter W. (1973). "Reference Guide to Fantastic Films". Chelsea-Lee Books. Page 239
  26. ^ Galbraith IV 1994.

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