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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.

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Shochiku Co., Ltd.
Native name
Shōchiku kabushiki gaisha
TypePublic (Kabushiki gaisha)
IndustryEntertainment (film)
Founded1895; 128 years ago (1895) (in Tokyo, Japan as a kabuki production company)
FoundersTakejirō Ōtani (大谷竹次郎) and Matsujirō Shirai (白井松次郎)
HeadquartersTsukiji 4-1-1, ,
Revenue5.4 billion yen (2021)
Number of employees
1,427 (2021)
  • Subsidiaries:
    • Shochiku Studio Co., Ltd.
    • Shochiku Eizo Center Co., Ltd.
    • Shochiku Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
    • Shochiku Multiplex Theatres Co., Ltd.
    • Shochiku Geinō Co., Ltd.
    • Shochiku Entertainment Co., Ltd.
    • Shochiku Costumes Co., Ltd.
    • Japan Theatre Costumes Co., Ltd.
    • Kabukiza Butai Co., Ltd.
    • Kansai Art Co., Ltd.
    • Show Biz Studio Co., Ltd.
    • Shochiku Service Network Co., Ltd.
    • Shochiku Kansai Service Co., Ltd.
    • Shochiku Music Publishing Co., Ltd.
  • Affiliates:
    • Earphone guide Co., Ltd.
    • Sunshine Theater Co., Ltd.
    • Shinbashi Enbujō Co., Ltd.


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.