Daibutsu Kaikoku (lost Japanese kaiju film; 1934)

Daibatsu Kaikoku
Japanese film poster.
Japanese film poster.
Status Lost

Also known under its longer, translated title of The Giant Buddha Statue's Travel Through the Country, Daibutsu Kaikoku (大仏廻国) is one of Japan's earliest giant monster (also known as Kaiju) films, coming out around the same time as the King Kong movies.[1]

A couple of the existing stills from the film.

The films focus on special effects classifies it as a Tokusatsu film. The plot focuses on a giant Buddha statue (known in Japan as a "Daibutsu") 33 meters in height. It comes to life and tours the country, mainly seeing tourist sights, before flying into the clouds and going to Tokyo. Known only by some descriptions in magazines, the movie had a few notable scenes, including the statue resting while a geisha girl dances in his palm. It also had some color sequences, taking place in heaven and hell.

Planned to be the start of a multi-film series, the movie was only shown in a limited number of theaters and has since been lost. The only known images are from a magazine article.


  1. [1] Retrieved April, 2015




13 months ago
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honestly, that sounds p cool.... i hope we may someday be able to find it....


3 months ago
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Reportedly this was the movie to inspire Eiji Tsuburaya (co creator of Godzilla) to get into special effect designing.
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