Shochiku was founded as a theatrical producer specializing in Kabuki troupes. Its cinema company was organized by two men who had started as peanut vendors in theaters. At first, they sought inspiration in Hollywood, importing technicians from the United States. Although the studio would make films in a variety of styles, with tearjerkers, "women's pictures," and melodramas as staple products, by the early 1930s, the house... More >>>