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are an important source of data on the film industry year by year. Eiga nenkan is the primary yearbook and
can provide industry and box office statistics, lists of films produced, a
chronology of the year, and a detailed directory to the studios and other
institutions, their personnel, and activities. You can sometimes even get contact
information and early editions featured critical essays. More recent, but
short-lived yearbooks like Nihon eiga
and Eiga iyābukku (and the Kinema
Junpō yearbooks, which are listed in the Filmographies section) are notable in
providing such critical essays.