History

  1. 1932
    Nagase Shoten (Nagase & Co., Ltd.)opened Far East Film Laboratory in Uzumasa, Kyoto
    Began processing and printing business for movie films
  2. 1935
    Established Kyokuto Genzosho (Far East Laboratories Ltd.)Started film development in Uzumasa, Kyoto
  3. 1936
    Started its operation at Yokohama factory
  4. 1938
    Moved the headquarter to Kyoto
  5. 1942
    Renamed the company to Toyo Genzosyo Corp
  6. 1951
    Started its operation at Gotanda, Tokyo factory
  7. 1953
    Began color processing in the Gotanda factory
  8. 1954
    The first work, Gate of Hell, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
  9. 1963
    Began photography business (processing, printing, etc.) in earnest. Became a designated processing lab for Kodachrome Films
    Later opened photography processing labs all over Japan
  10. 1964
    Engaged in the processing of a highly acclaimed documentary film for XVIII Tokyo Olympic
  11. 1965
    Developed our special composite device for compositing motion pictures
  12. 1970
    Engaged in the processing of the official documentary film and news footage for the Japan World Exposition (Expo’70) in Osaka
  13. 1971
    Started video editing and audio mixing services in Gotanda
    Opened the Osaka office
  14. 1972
    Processed the film for the official documentary of the XI Olympic Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan
  15. 1974
    Established a video post-production center in Higashi-shinagawa
  16. 1976
    Processed the film for the official documentary of the Expo ‘75 held in Okinawa
  17. 1982
    Developed Links Ⅰ and TRACY, the proprietary computer graphic hardware and software, and entered into CGI production business
    Developed our own motion control camera system
  18. 1983
    Developed color processor for 70 mm films for compatibility with large image
  19. 1984
    Developed optical printer for 70 mm films
  20. 1985
    Developed a telecine system, Movie-Tone
    Work on hi-vision image began in earnest
    Engaged in the production of films, videos and photographs for the pavilions at the International Exposition (Tsukuba Expo ’85) in Tsukuba, Japan
  21. 1986
    Renamed the company as IMAGICA Corp. at the company’s 50th anniversary
    Joined production projects such as exhibition and pavilion image
  22. 1987
    Merged with the Eastman Kodak Company and established Kodak IMAGICA Inc., separating the photography department
  23. 1993
    Established Imagica USA, Inc. in LA
    —Started optical effect services for 70mm screens
    Established Akasaka Video Center for TV program
  24. 1995
    Released an original digital film scanner, Imager3000V
    —Used globally in digital effects productions, especially in Hollywood
  25. 1996
    Launched Cinefil Imagica, a satellite broadcasting channel for movie fans
  26. 1997
    Established Ginza 7-chome Studio
    Started DVD Authoring Services
  27. 2000
    Co-produced the IMAX film, “The Old Man and the Sea” that won the Best Short Film (Animated) award at the 72nd Academy Awards
    The Kansai office separated as IMAGICA WEST Corp. to strengthen its services in the Kansai area
  28. 2001
    Developed GaletteTM, a proprietary color management system
    —Used in“Spirited Away” by Ghibli Studio
  29. 2002
    Won the Scientific and Engineering Award at the 74th Academy Awards for the engineering excellence and the contribution to the motion picture industry for the development of the 65mm/ 35mm Multi-Format Optical Printer
    Established three companies, IMAGICA FORCE Inc., IMAGICA DC21 Inc., and IMAGICA Entertainment Inc., for image planning and production
  30. 2005
    Started digital intermediate services Established Azabu-juban Studio
  31. 2006
    Established Imagica Robot Holdings Inc. as a holding company and IMAGICA became a core company for postproduction and media distribution services in the group
    Mastered the first DCI compliant feature film for digital cinema screening
  32. 2009
    Developed CLAVIS, a proprietary digital cinema release support system
  33. 2010
    Absorbed Links DigiWorks, Inc. to combine its CGI production with IMAGICA’s VFX and post production
  34. 2012
    Established Shibuya Studio for TV Program
  35. 2013
    Established Ogikubo Animation House
  36. 2015
    Digitized the precious film of a hot spring resort in the Showa era“LUCORE”
  37. 2016
    Opened Shibuya Parkway Studio (Shibuya Ward, Tokyo) and began editing 8K images
  38. 2017
    Established Ogikubo Animation House (Suginami Ward, Tokyo) for total coordination of anime production
  39. 2018
    IMAGICA Corp., IMAGICA WEST Corp., and IMAGICA Imageworks, Inc. merged and changed its name to IMAGICA Lab. Inc.