【Sup! Tokyo!】 “90 Years of Toho” screening event coming up at the National Film Archive!

The special screening “90 Years of Toho: A History of Modern and Innovative Films (1)” will be held at the National Film Archive in Tokyo from June 24 (Fri) to July 31 (Sun), 2022.

Screening event tracing 90 years of Toho films

In 2022, Toho will celebrate its 90th anniversary since its predecessor, Tokyo Takarazuka Theatre Company, was founded in 1932 by Ichizo Kobayashi, president of Hanshin Express Railway Company. Since then, Toho has created a new style in the Japanese film industry by introducing the Hollywood-style producer system and technical innovations such as special effects, and has produced many high-quality entertainment films to this day.

The special screening “90 Years of Toho: A History of Modern and Innovative Films (1)” traces the footsteps of 90 years of Toho films. Toho has produced a wide variety of films, from musical comedies to literary masterpieces, and a total of 31 programs and 34 films will be introduced at one time, including those produced in partnership with and distributed by Toho.

Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece “Seven Samurai

Of particular note are the 4K digitally remastered screenings of masterpieces that have left their mark on film history. Visitors will be able to view masterpieces that have recently been digitally remastered in 4K, including “Seven Samurai” by Akira Kurosawa, “Jinjo Kamifusen” by Sadao Yamanaka, “Ukigumo” by Mikio Naruse, and “A Night Full of Women” by Kinuyo Tanaka, who is being reevaluated as one of the pioneering female film directors in Japan.

The Seven Samurai ©1954 TOHO CO.

Makoto Shinkai’s hit film “Your Name.

The program also picks up hit and popular films in various genres that are the highlights of their respective eras. In addition to screening the coming-of-age comedies “Janken Musume” and “The Young General of Ereki,” the musical comedies “Nippon Irresponsible Era” and “Operation Crazy Golden,” the special effects films “Godzilla” and “Earth Defense Forces,” the war films “The Battle of Hawaii off Malaya,” “The Gekido Showa History: The Battle of Okinawa,” and “Eternal 0,” and the films “Shin Godzilla” directed by Hideaki Anno and and “Shin Godzilla” directed by Hideaki Anno, and Makoto Shinkai’s “What’s Your Name? The festival will also feature recent high-profile films such as

Your Name is… ©2016 TOHO CO.

A small feature on film director Tamizo Ishida will also be held.

During the same period, a small feature on Tamizo Ishida, a film director who worked at Toho Kyoto Studio and will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his death in 2022, will also be held. A total of six programs and seven films will be screened, including his masterpiece “Hana Chirinu.

From October 4, 2022 (Tuesday), the second part of the program will feature a wide range of Toho films from the prewar period to the 2010s.

“Hana Chirinu” ©1938 TOHO CO.,LTD.


Special Screening “90 Years of Toho: A History of Modern and Innovative Films (1)

【Event Period】 June 24 (Fri) – July 31 (Sun), 2022
【Closed during the exhibition period】 Monday
【Location】 National Film Archive, Nagase Hall, OZU, 2F
【Address】 3-7-6 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

<Ticket Information>
【Sales Schadule】 On sale every Tuesday after June 14, 2022 (Tuesday) at 10:00 a.m. for the following week’s Tuesday-Sunday screenings
【Sales Location】 Official ticket site on the National Film Archive website (electronic tickets sold online)
*Also available at Seven-Eleven through Ticket Pia
【Fee】 Adults: 520 yen / High school and university students, 65 years old and over: 310 yen / Elementary and junior high school students: 100 yen / Disabled persons (up to one accompanying person in principle), campus members of the National Film Archive, and preschool children: free