Daiei (short for Dai-Nihon Eiga, or the Greater Japan Motion Picture Production Company) was formed in 1942 from the merger of Nikkatsu, Shinko and Daito, government-mandated consolidation of all Japanese film studios into three companies (the other two being Shochiku and Toho). Masaichi Nagata, formerly the head of Shinko, was president of Daiei from 1942 until the company's 1971 bankruptcy.The company was revived by 1974 under Tokuma Shoten. In 2002, Daiei was acquired by Kadokawa Shoten. The company was first renamed Kadokawa Daiei; two years later, it became Kadokawa Pictures.
Films produced by Daiei include:
- Gamera series
- Gate of Hell
- Shall We Dance? (1996)
- Zatoichi series