History of SHOCHIKU

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Business and management Works
1895  
  • Takejirō Ōtani became a theatrical promoter of Kyoto Sakaiza.

 
1902  
  • The name “Matsu Take Partnership Corporation” <Matsu Take Gōmei sha> was adopted from an article title “The New Year of Matsu and Take” in the Osaka Asahi Newspaper, which picked up Shochiku's founder Brothers Matsujiro Shirai and Takejiro Otani.

 
1909  
  • The first performance at Ningyō Jōruri Bunraku-za under direct management.

 
1910  
  • Acquired Shintomi-za and expanded its business to Tokyo.

 
1914  
  • Started the direct management of the Kabukiza Theatre.

 
1920  
  • Established “Shochiku Kinema Gōmei Sha.”

  • Opened Kamata studio.

  • Established “Teikoku Katsudō Shashin Co., Ltd.”

  • <Motion Pictures>

    Released Shochiku Kinema “Shimano Onna.”

1921  
  • Changed names from “Teikoku Katsudō Shashin Co., Ltd.” to “Shochiku Kinema Co., Ltd.”.

  • Acquired the “Shochiku Kinema Gōmei Sha,” and moved its head office from Hongō to Kyō-bashi, Tokyo.

 
1923  
  • Opened the Osaka Shochiku-za

 
1924  
  • Listed on the former TSE and OSE.

 
Business and management Works
1928  
  • Foundation of the Tokyo Shochiku Gakugeki-bu.

  • <Kabuki>

    The first overseas kabuki performance (Ichikawa Sadanji and his troupe in the USSR)

1929  
  • The Kyoto Minami-za opened after renewal.

  • All kabuki actors became affiliated with Shochiku.

 
1930  
  • Opened Tokyo Gekijō. Performance by Onoe Kikugorō, Ichimura Uzaemon, Onoe Baikō and their troupes.

1931
  • <Motion Pictures>

    Released “The neighbor's wife and mine,” the first full talkie in Japan.

1936  
  • Opened the Ōfuna studio (Closed Kamata studio).

  • <Kabuki>

    The 1st “Dankiku-sai” performed at the Kabuki-za. (Celebrating the completion of half-length statues of Ichikawa Danjūrō IX and Onoe Kikugorō V)

1937  
  • Merged with “Shochiku Kōgyō Co., Ltd.”, and renamed “Shochiku Co., Ltd.”

  • Opened Asakusa Kokusai Gekijō. Performance held to introduce Shochiku Shōjo Kageki dan (SSK).

 
  1938
 
  • <Motion Pictures>

    Released “Flower in a Storm.”

1940  
  • Opened Kyoto Uzumasa studio.

  • Started direct management of Shinbashi Enbujō. The first performance of “Soganoya Gorō.”

 
1946  
  • Established the “Shochiku Kyoto Eiga Co., Ltd.”

 
1948  
  • The Kadoza became a movie theater.

 
1949  
  • Listed on the first sector of the TSE, OSE, NSE, FSE.

  • Established “Kabukiza Co., Ltd.”

 
Business and management Works
1950  
  • Listed on the first sector of the SSE.

  • Established the professional Baseball team “Shochiku Robins.”

  • Tōgeki became the Road Show movie theater.

 
1951  
  • Reconstructed the war-damaged Kabukiza Theatre.

  • Opened the Kyoto studio. (formerly Uzumasa)

  • <Kabuki>

    Reopening performance by a Kabuki troupe led by Nakamura Kichiemon I.

  • <Kabuki>

    "The Tale of Genji" by Seiichi Funabashi performed at the Kabuki-za became a blockbuster.

  • <Kabuki>

    Performances to introduce the succession of Nakamura Utaemon VI.

  • <Motion Pictures>

    Released the first color talkie film “Carmen Comes Home.”

  1953
 
  • <Motion Pictures>

    Released “Always in My Heart”

  • <Motion Pictures>

    Released “Tokyo Story.”

  • <Kabuki>

    The first Kabuki performance watched by the Emperor at the Kabuki-za.

  1954
 
  • <Motion Pictures>

    Released “Twenty-four Eyes.”

1955  
  • Ōtani Takejirō was awarded the Order of Culture.

 
1956  
  • Inaugurated Shochiku Kaikan (Tokyo Chuo-ku Tsukiji) and moved the headquarters there.

 
1957  
  • Established “Shochiku Ishō Co., Ltd.”

  • <Motion Pictures>

    Released “Big Joys, Small Sorrows.”

1958  
  • Opened the Shochiku Ōtani Library.

  • The Kadoza became an entertainment hall.

  • Opened the Shinjuku Shochiku Center.

  1959
 
  • <Motion Pictures>

    Released “Human Condition” (total of 6 titles released by 1961).

  1960
 
  • <Kabuki>

    The first Overseas Kabuki performance in the United States, commemorating the centennial of the U.S.-Japan Amity Treaty.

  1962
 
  • <Kabuki>

    Performance to introduce the succession of Ichikawa Danjuro XI.

  • <Motion Pictures>

    Released “Harakiri.”

1964  
  • Established the Kyoto Shochiku Building, followed by the construction of the 2nd and 3rd buildings.

  1969
 
  • <Motion Pictures>

    Released the first title of the “Tora-san” series (total of 48 titles released by 1995).

  1972
 
  • <Theatre>

    The first requested performance of Shochiku Shin Kigeki.

  1973
 
  • <Kabuki>

    Performance to introduce the succession of Onoe Kikugoro VII.

  1974
 
  • <Motion Pictures>

    Released “The castle of sand.”

Business and management Works
1975  
  • Completed the Tōgeki Building.

  • Opened the movie theater “Tōgeki.”

  • Started operating the earphone guide service.

 
  1977
 
  • <Motion Pictures>

    Released “The Yellow Handkerchief”

  • <Motion Pictures>

    Released “Village of 8 Gravestones.”

1980  
  • Opened the Umeda Shochiku kaikan.

 
1981  
  • Grand opening of the Ōfuna Shochiku shopping center.

  • <Kabuki>

    Performance to introduce the succession of Matsumoto Koshiro IX.

  1982
 
  • <Motion Pictures>

    Released “Fall Guy.”

  1983
 
  • <Motion Pictures>

    “Tora-san” became recognized as the world's longest running film series by the Guinness Book of World Records with the 30th title “Tora-san, the Expert.”

1984  
  • Completed the first Yūrakuchō Center Building (Marion) and opened Marunouchi Piccadilly 1 and 2 inside that building.

 
  1985
 
  • <Kabuki>

    Performance to introduce the succession of Ichikawa Danjūrō XII.

1986  
  • Completed the Kadoza building(Osaka).

  • <Kabuki>

    Long-running performance of Ichikawa Ennosuke's Super Kabuki “Yamato Takeru”.

1987  
  • Completed the second Yūrakuchō Center Building (Marion) and held the grand opening of Marunouchi Shochiku (today's Marunouchi Piccadilly 3) inside that building.

  • Held the “Old-style hand-clapping Ceremony” to celebrate the 100th year since the Kabuki-za's opening.

  • <Theatre>

    Performance celebrating Shinpa's 100th anniversary.

  1988
 
  • Celebration of the Kabuki-za's 100th anniversary.

  • <Motion Pictures>

    Released first title of the “Free and Easy” series (released 21 titles)

1991  
  • The Kyoto Minamiza opened after renewal.

 
1992  
  • Completed Hakata ST building.

  • Established Eisei gekijō Co., Ltd.

 
  1993
 
  • <Motion Pictures>

    Released the 1st title of “A Class to Remember” series (4 titles released by 2000.)

  • <Kabuki>

    First staged a three-part program for the summer production of “Nōryō Kabuki” at the Kabuki-za.

  1994
 
  • <Kabuki>

    Performed “Tōkaidō Yotsuya Kaidan,” the first Kabuki performance at Theater Cocoon.

1995
Celebrated Shochiku's 100th anniversary.
 
  • Opened Kamakura Cinema world.

 
1996  
  • Established Shochiku multiplex theaters Co., Ltd., Dentō Bunka Hōsō Co., Ltd. (Current Kabuki Channel Co., Ltd.), and Hakata-za Co., Ltd.

 
1997  
  • Renovated and reopened the Osaka Shochiku-za.

 
1998  
  • Moved headquarters to Tōgeki Bldg, Chuo-ku Tsukiji Current Location.

 
1999  
  • Takeomi Nagayama , the Chairman, received the “Legion of Honor Order (Chevalier).”

  • Opened Kobe Kokusai Shochiku.

  • Started Restaurant Business.

  • <Kabuki>

    Produced the “Annual 'Face-Showing' performance celebrating Minami-za's 380th anniversary since its founding.

Business and management Works
2000  
  • Completed the Shinkiba Negative Print storehouse.

  • Closed the Ōfuna studio.

  • <Kabuki>

    The first performance of Heisei Nakamura-za.

2001  
  • Opened MOVIX Kyoto.

 
2002  
  • Completed Ginza Shochiku Square.(aka. ADK Shochiku Square)

  • The 100th anniversary of Yasujirō Ozu's birth.

  • Opened Umeda Burg 7.

  • Established Sapporo Cinema Frontier Co., Ltd.

  • <Motion Pictures>

    Distributed “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” and “The Twilight Samurai.”

2003  
  • Established “Shochiku CinePlaz Co., Ltd.”

  • <Kabuki>

    Performance celebrating Kabuki's 400th anniversary, staged at each theatre performing Kabuki for a year.

2004  
  • Established “Shochiku Entertainment Co., Ltd.”, “Tri-media Inc.”, “Shochiku New Select Co., Ltd.”

  • Performance to introduce the succession of Ichikawa Ebizo XI.

  • Collected the “Shinobi (Heart Under Blade)” fund, the first film fund for private investors in Japan.

  • <Kabuki>

    “The Twilight Samurai” nominated for the 76th Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film.

2005
Shochiku celebrated its 100th year in Business.
 
  • Renovated and reopened the Shinbashi Enbujō.

  • UNESCO proclaimed Kabuki an Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

  • Shochiku “Star Gate” audition.

  • Performance to introduce the succession of Nakamura Kanzaburo XVIII.

  • Performance to introduce the succession of Sakata Tōjūrō IV.

  • Received the 51st Berlin International Film Festival Berlinale Camera award. (The first as an institution.)

  • <Motion Pictures>

    Released the 1st Cinema-Kabuki “Nezumi Kozō, Noda's Version.”

2006  
  • Opened the Kabuki Official Website “Kabukibito”

  • <Motion Pictures>

    Started showing “MET Live in HD.”

  • <Motion Pictures>

    Released “Love and Honor.”

2008  
  • Kabuki-za's 120th Anniversary.

  • Shinpa's 120th Anniversary.

  • Opened Shinjuku Piccadilly.

  • “Tora-san” 40th anniversary project.

 
  2009
 
  • <Motion Pictures>

    "Departures" won the 81st Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film.

2010  
  • Reconstruction of the Kabukiza Theatre.

 
2012  
  • The 100th anniversary project of Keisuke Kinoshita's birth.

 
2013  
  • Renovated and reopened the Kabukiza Theatre.

  • Opened the Kabukiza Gallery.

  • The 110th anniversary project of Yasujirō Ozu's birth.