vol.016 / Special
Record No. 004: Movie
In 2016, an average of 3 films were released every day. Of the 1,028 released in total, 500 were Japanese films and 528 were foreign films. 209 of those came from the United States, which was the top source of foreign films.
The Japan-wide total was 171,670,710, of which Tokyo movie-goers made up approximately 16%. That works out to about 74,854 people seeing a movie in Tokyo on any given day.
Shoah (France, 1985) was screened in Tokyo for the first time in 1995, and again in 2015 at the Image Forum theater. The 4-part documentary is about the Holocaust.
The four studios are Toei, in Oizumi; Toho Studios, in Seijo; Nikkatsu, in Chofu; and Kadokawa Daiei Studio, in Chofu. Chofu calls itself the “movie town.”
This is the number of seats in theater 1 at Toho Cinemas Nichigeki, in Yurakucho. The truly gigantic screen measures 7.2 m by 17.3 m, the equivalent of the floor space in a largish apartment. When it was open, the now-shuttered Shinjuku Tokyu Milano theater held the record with 1,500 seats.
This represents 10% of the 3,472 screens in Japan. 136 have 3D capability, and 266 are in multiplexes, which started to spread in 2000.
Specializing in classic films, theaters like Shin-Bungeiza and Waseda Shochiku typically offer double or triple features for a reasonable admission prices of around 1,000 yen. Since these theaters have a free hand in selecting films, each one has a unique character.
West Side Story set the record with a run at Marunouchi Piccadilly that lasted nearly a year and a half, from December 23, 1961 to May 17, 1963. Based on a Broadway musical, the movie was a big hit in both Japan and the U.S.
This figure includes all films released between 1920 and 2016. There’s plenty of variety among the titles, which range from Uchujin Tokyo ni Arawaru [Warning from Space] (1956, Dir. Koji Shima), to Tokyo Chika Aidoru [Tokyo Underground Idols] (2015, Dir. Kyohei Kikuchi).
*1 . . . Data provided by Kinema-Junposha Co., Ltd. (2016 year-end data)
*2 . . . Source: 2015 Survey of Selected Service Industries (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) www.meti.go.jp/statistics/tyo/tokusabizi/result-2/h27/pdf/h27report23.pdf
*3 . . . Editorial department research
*4 . . . Source: Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan website (2016 year-end data)
*5 . . . Reference: Keiichiro Aoki, Showa no Tokyo Eiga wa Meigaza [Repertory Cinemas in Showa Tokyo] (Wides Shuppan)
*6 . . . This count includes Tokyo, TOKYO, tokyo, 東京, とうきょう, トウキョウ and トーキョー.
Editing & Written by Playce
Translation: Office Miyazaki, Inc.
vol.016 / Roundtable
The expanding scope of our physical sensations
Yoshiyuki Miyamae (Designer) × Hisato Ogata (Design Engineer)