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The Shochiku Company, Limited (松竹株式会社, Shōchiku Kabushiki gaisha) (TYO: 9601) is a Japanese film and kabuki production and distribution company. It also produces and distributes anime films, in particular those produced by Bandai Namco Filmworks (which has a long-time partnership—the company released most, if not all, anime films produced by Bandai Namco Filmworks). Its best remembered directors include Yasujirō Ozu, Kenji Mizoguchi, Mikio Naruse, Keisuke Kinoshita and Yōji Yamada. It has also produced films by highly regarded independent and "loner" directors such as Takashi Miike, Takeshi Kitano, Akira Kurosawa, Masaki Kobayashi and Taiwanese New Wave director Hou Hsiao-hsien.
|Shōchiku kabushiki gaisha|
|Type||Public (Kabushiki gaisha)|
|Founded||1895Tokyo, Japan as a kabuki production company)(in|
|Founders||Takejirō Ōtani (大谷竹次郎) and Matsujirō Shirai (白井松次郎)|
|Revenue||5.4 billion yen (2021)|
Number of employees
Shochiku is one of the four members of the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan (MPPAJ), and the oldest of Japan's "Big Four" film studios.