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Happy 75th Anniversary, Toho!

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08-27-2007
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Seventy-five years ago, Japanese production company Toho Company Ltd. started its life near the Hankyu Railway. Originally named Tokyo-Takarazuka Theater Company, it would grow to be the largest film production studio in Japan. For sci-fi/horror fans, they are perhaps most famous for their kaiju ("strange beast") films, most of them featuring the radioactive dinosaur Godzilla. They also produced Masaki Kobayashi's horror anthology Kwaidan (1964). In recent years, Toho were behind J-horror pieces like Infection (2004), Premonition (2005), and Reincarnation (2006). American studios 20th Century Fox and Universal have both taken out ads on Variety's website, congratulating Toho on their longevity.

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