Yoshinari Shimatani  Yoshinari Shimatani (島谷能成)
  Date of birth:
  March 5th, 1952
  Nara, Japan
Producer Filmography


Yoshinari Shimatani has had a long career at Toho as a producer before finally given the honor of becoming Toho's fifth president in 2010, replacing Shogo Tomiyama for which his early career mimicked in many ways despite the two never joining forces until late in their respective careers with Tsubaki Sanjuro (2007) and The Last Princess (2008).

Shimatani first joined Toho in April of 1975, a mere month after graduating from Kyoto University, coincidentally joining the company around the same time Tomiyama did. Also like Tomiyama, he got his first break doing marketing work for the movie studio. Both also graduated to producing films for the company around the same time, with Yasha (1985) being one of the first movies that Shimatani oversaw. Also like Tomiyama, Shimatani got his big break into science fiction in 1989. However, where as Tomiyama produced Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989), which would forever tie his career with Toho's headlining franchise, Shimatani oversaw Gunhed (1989), crafted from the scrapped Godzilla 2 script, and would have a career split between dramas and tokusatsu productions.

Shimatani's work was well regarded within the company, having been an active producer for 25 years while helping to develop an incredible number of films at the turn of the millennium. As Toho shifted more toward creating films as part of production committees, involving other companies to reduce risk if a film should not perform well at the box office, Shimatani would often lead Toho's involvement in these films, such as with Returner (2002) and Howl's Moving Castle (2004). In fact, his reputation at Toho had grown so much that he was chosen as Tomiyama's replacement in April of 2010 to become the new president of the company.

After just two years as president, Shimatani stepped down in April of 2012, and was replaced by Train Man (2005) producer Minami Ichikawa.

Producer Toho Filmography

Date      Title Type
1985 Yasha Produced
1989 Gunhed Produced
1990 Both to Blame Produced
1993 Samurai Kids Produced
1993 Graduation Journey: I Came from Japan Produced
1994 47 Ronin Produced
1996 The 8-Tomb Village Produced
1997 Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald Produced
2000 Whiteout Produced
2001 All About Our House Produced
2001 A Single Drop of Water in a Mighty River Produced
2001 Onmyoji Produced
2001 Twixt Calm & Passion Produced
2001 Transparent: Tribute to a Sad Genius Produced
2002 Seoul Produced
2002 Copycat Killer Produced
2002 Returner Produced
2002 The Cat Returns Produced
2002 There's Always Tomorrow: The Movie Produced
2003 The Thirteen Steps Produced
2003 The Blue Light Produced
2003 Spy Sorge Produced
2003 Dragonhead Produced
2003 Robocon Produced
2003 Onmyoji II Produced
2003 G@me Produced
2003 Yomigaeri: Resurrection Produced
2004 Milk White Produced
2004 Umizaru Produced
2004 Nin X Nin: The Ninja Star Hattori Produced
2004 Be With You Produced
2004 University of Laughs Produced
2004 Howl's Moving Castle Produced
2005 One Missed Call 2 Produced
2005 Always: Sunset on Third Street Produced
2005 Lorelei Produced
2006 Memories of Matsuko Produced
2006 Udon Produced
2006 Suite Dreams Produced
2007 Always: Sunset on Third Street 2 Produced
2007 Hero Produced
2007 Tsubaki Sanjuro Produced
2008 The Last Princess Produced
2008 20th Century Boys Produced
2008 The Magic Hour Produced
2008 K-20: Legend of the Mask Produced
2008 Flowers in the Shadow Produced
2009 Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler Produced
2009 Ballad: Song of Love Without a Name Produced
2010 Space Battleship Yamato Produced
2010 Umizaru 3: The Last Message Produced
2011 GANTZ Produced
2011 Tomorrow's Joe Produced
2011 GANTZ 2: The Perfect Answer Produced