Memories of the studios founded in Kyoto, the City of Film
It has been more than 120 years since the first movie was aired in Japan.
During that time, there were many hardships, such as major earthquakes and wars, and today’s prosperity has been built thanks to the efforts of our predecessors who overcame these hardships.
Films have been with our ancestors in times of joy and sorrow, nurturing hope and optimism for tomorrow.
Kyoto is a city that has continued to make films that encourage such people.
Particularly jidaigeki, or period films/dramas that bring to life the culture of old Japan, originated and flourished here in Kyoto.
These are some of the studios that were founded in Kyoto and the films that were shot there.
Image courtesy of Toei Kyoto Studio Park Movie library
Studio map created by Shinya Furuichi
Yokota Shokai Nijo Castle
Yokota Shokai Hokkendo and Nikkatsu Kansai
Makino Educational Films Tojiin and Toa Kinema Tojiin
Shochiku Shimogamo, Kyoto Films
Makino Production Omuro
Takagi Shinpei Productions Shinnyodo
Bando Tsumasaburo Production Uzumasa and Toei Kyoto
Nikkatsu Uzumasa and Daiei Kyoto
Nippon Kinema Narabigaoka and Arashi Kanjuro Production Narabigaoka
Kataoka Chiezo Productions Sagano
J.O. Studio and Toho Eiga Kyoto
Daiichi Eiga Sagano
Arashi Kanjuro Production Uzumasa
Makino Talkie and Shochiku Kyoto
Takara Production and Nihon Kyoei
Toyo Genzosyo Post-production Studio
Japan Film Science Laboratory and Kyoto Films Laboratory
Toei Kyoto Studio Park