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Works: 1,364 works in 2,841 publications in 5 languages and 51,654 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Film adaptations  History  Animated films  Biographical films  Children's films  Samurai films  Action and adventure films  Television adaptations  Thrillers (Motion pictures) 
Roles: prn, Producer, Distributor, Publisher, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: PN1997.2, 791.4372
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Most widely held works by 東宝株式会社
Ponyo by Hayao Miyazaki( Visual )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,907 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young boy named Sosuke rescues a goldfish named Ponyo, and they embark on a fantastic journey of friendship before Ponyo's father forces her to return to the sea. Ponyo's desire to be human upsets the balance of nature and only Ponyo's mother, a beautiful sea goddess, can restore nature's balance and make Ponyo's dreams come true
Seven samurai by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

41 editions published between 1954 and 2013 in Japanese and English and held by 1,840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire seven out-of-work warriors to protect them from invading bandits
Ikiru by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

48 editions published between 1952 and 2011 in Japanese and English and held by 1,743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discovering that he is in the terminal stages of cancer, a clerk spends his last months in search of the meaning to life. After his pursuit of pleasure has failed, he finds self-realization in bringing about the building of a children's playground in the slums and dies quietly fulfilled
Kumonosujō = Throne of blood (Spider's web castle) by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

33 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in Japanese and English and held by 1,437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A samurai lord kills his master and usurps his power in fulfillment of a witch's prophecy
Yōjinbō( Visual )

54 editions published between 1961 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Director Akira Kurosawa's influential 1961 effort, an action-packed, sometimes humorous reconception of the individualistic loner from the American Western, stars Mifune, the director's leading man of choice, as a samurai-for-hire who becomes involved in a dispute between two warring factions in a small village
Kagemusha by Tsutomu Yamazaki( Visual )

33 editions published between 1980 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reconstructing the splendor of feudal Japan and the pageantry of war, Kurosawa creates a soaring historical epic about a peasant impersonating a nobleman in battle
Shichinin no samurai Seven samurai( Visual )

12 editions published between 1984 and 2006 in Japanese and English and held by 1,297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This epic masterpiece is about a group of 16th century samurai who are hired to defend a small Japanese village that finds itself annually raided by an army of bandits who steal the meager crops harvested by the peasants. Tired of relinquishing their food supply but woefully inept in combat skills, the villagers decide to hire a band of samurai to protect them. In addition to the primary conflict between the villagers and the bandits, much of the tale revolves around young Katsushiro's coming-of-age, both sexually and emotionally. Kikuchiyo's search for acceptance forms the other major storyline. Indeed, everyone in Seven Samurai is searching: for adventure, for experience, for freedom from their oppressors
Kakushitoride no san akunin by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

35 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in Japanese and held by 1,290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A grand-scale adventure as only Akira Kurosawa could make one. A general charged with guarding his defeated clan's princess as the two smuggle royal treasure across hostile territory. Accompanying them are a pair of bumbling, conniving peasants who may or may not be their friends. This rip-roaring ride is among the director's most beloved films and was a primary influence on George Lucas's Star Wars. Delivers Kurosawa's trademark deft blend of wry humor, and breathtaking action
The wind rises( Visual )

9 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 1,185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the worlds most innovative and accomplished airplane designers. Jiro meets and falls in love with Nahoko, and grows and cherishes his friendship with his colleague Honjo. The film chronicles much of his life, depicting key historical events
Tengoku to jigoku by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

20 editions published between 1963 and 2011 in Japanese and held by 1,156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A complex crime thriller in which a wealthy shoe manufacturer's chauffeur's son is kidnapped in mistake for his own, and he faces a moral dilemma -- should he pay the ransom anyway and risk losing his position?
The cat returns by Hiroyuki Morita( Visual )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and Japanese and held by 957 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an imaginative and lighthearted tale, a young schoolgirl saves the life of a noble cat and is rewarded with a shocking proposal of marriage - to the Cat King's son - and a fateful journey to the extraordinary Kingdom of Cats
From up on Poppy Hill by Sarah Bolger( Visual )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and Javanese and held by 890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the year 1963 in Yokohama, an innocent romance blossoms between two high school students, Umi and Shun. As Japan recovers from World War II and prepares to host the 1964 Olympics, the mood contains both optimism and conflict as the younger generation struggles to escape the shackles of the past. While trying to save a dilapidated Meiji-era club house from demolition, the relationship flourishes. But a buried secret from their past emerges to cast a shadow on the future and pull them apart
Kwaidan by Masaki Kobayashi( Visual )

19 editions published between 1964 and 2006 in Japanese and No Linguistic content and held by 767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Consists of four stories of the supernatural based on Japanese folk material. In The black hair, a poor young samurai leaves his first wife to marry a rich woman. When he is unhappy in his second marriage, he returns to his first wife, who at first appears unchanged from when he last saw her. In The woman of the snow, a woodcutter is spared by a mysterious ghost-like woman in the snow, but must promise never to tell anyone what he has seen. In Hoichi, the earless, a blind musician-monk named Hoichi is commanded by a gathering of ghosts to sing the saga of their ancient deeds. The head monk paints Hoichi's body with prayer verses to protect him, but unfortunately overlooks Hoichi's ears. In In a cup of tea, a writer wonders what would happen to a person who drinks another's soul and finds out
Warui yatsu hodo yoku nemuru Bad sleep well by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

18 editions published between 1960 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 698 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young executive hunts down his father's killer. A tale about corruption in the boardrooms of postwar corporate Japan as seen through the rising executive eyes
Gojira Godzilla( Visual )

24 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in Japanese and English and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Japan is thrown into a panic after several ships explode and are sunk. At first the authorities think its either underwater mines or underwater volcanic activity. The authorities soon head to Odo Island, close to where several of the ships were sunk. One night, something comes onshore and destroys several houses and kills several people. A later expedition to the island led by paleontologist Professor Kyohei Yemani, his daughter Emiko and a young navy frogman Hideto Ogata soon discover something more devastating than imagined in the form of a 164 foot tall monster whom the natives call Gojira. Now the monster begins a rampage that threatens to destroy not only Japan, but the rest of the world as well
James Clavell's shōgun by James Clavell( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 681 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Blackthorne is a ship-wrecked English navigator who becomes both an observer and a participant in historic changes in Japan during the Tokugawa, or, Edo period. Toranaga is a feuding warlord vying to become the supreme military dictator, or shōgun. Blackthorne is drawn into the turmoil and becomes determined to be the first foreigner to become a samurai warrior
Tsubaki Sanjūrō by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

14 editions published between 1962 and 2010 in Japanese and held by 672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A group of young men set out to clean up the corruption in their town. They are joined by a scruffy, cynical samurai who doesn't fit their concept of how a warrior should look and act
Nora inu by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

7 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A bad day gets worse for rookie detective Murakami when a pickpocket steals his gun on a hot, crowded bus. Desperate to right the wrong, he goes undercover, scavenging Tokyo's sweltering streets for the thief, whose desperation has led him to a life of crime. With each step, the cop and the criminal's lives become more intertwined and the investigation becomes an examination of Murakami's own dark side --
Yoidore tenshi = Drunken angel by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

16 editions published between 1948 and 2009 in Japanese and held by 637 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Sanada is an alcoholic, in part due to the despair that constantly assails him as he tries to keep the inhabitants of a post-World War II Tokyo slum as healthy as possible. Food and medical supplies are scarce, the neighborhood is around an open sewer, and the only place to buy medicines is the black market-- controlled by the Yakuza. Matsunaga, a young yakuza with a violent temper, seeks Sanada's help to remove a bullet from his hand, but Matsunaga's cough catches the doctor's attention. What follows is a wrestling match for Matsunaga's life. Will he follow Sanada's instructions and make the smart, healthy decision, or will he let the fabled yakuza code of honor destroy him?
Tsubaki Sanjūrō Sanjuro by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

30 editions published between 1962 and 2012 in Japanese and English and held by 623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Samurai rescues three kidnap victims: the town chamberlain, his wife, and their daughter
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controlled identityTōhō Eiga, Kabushiki Kaisha

Studios Toho


Tōhō Aen Kabushiki Kaisha

Toho Co.

Toho Company

Tōhō Kabushiki-gaisha

Toho Studios

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Tōkyō Takarazuka Gekijō Kabushiki gaisha



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