King Kong Appears in Edo (lost Japanese monster film; 1938)


King Kong Appears in Edo (1938)
Advertisement for the movie, taken from the April 14th, 1938 issue of Kinema Junpo.
Advertisement for the movie, taken from the April 14th, 1938 issue of Kinema Junpo.
Status Lost

King Kong Appears in Edo is a 1938 Japanese monster film.

Premise

The plot involves a woman who is mysteriously kidnapped and her father's attempts to offer a large sum of money for her safe return.

In the movie, "King Kong" is actually a trained ape that the villain uses to kidnap the girl.[1]

The movie was made without the permission of RKO Pictures, who owned the rights to the character of King Kong at the time.

Production

The film was made in two halves. The first part, titled Edo ni Arawareta Kingu Kongu: Henge no Maki |キングコングは江戸出現:なしマキをヘンジない (King Kong Appears in Edo: The Episode of Transformation) was released on March 31, 1938, while the second part, titled Edo ni Arawareta Kingu Kongu: Ōgon no Maki |キングコングは、江戸出現:なし真紀黄金 (King Kong Appears in Edo: The Episode of Gold) was released a week later on April 7, 1938. Both films ran roughly 5 reels in length.

Based on plot synopses and promotional materials, many believe that the ape is only referred to as "King Kong" in the title only. This leads some to believe that Zensho (the company behind the film) were trying to capitalise on King Kong's 1938 re-issue by promoting the Ape as being giant.[2]

However, Godzilla suit creator Ryūnosuke Kabayama (who later changed his name to Fuminori Ohashi) stated in a 1988 interview "The first model making to be counted as 'special art direction' in Japanese cinema was a giant gorilla which I did for the movie King Kong Appears in Edo fifty years ago. It was also the first movie to feature certain kinds of special effects." With this statement from the suit's creator, there seems to be some contradiction over the actual size of the title character.

Availability

The film has not resurfaced, and all that exists are posters and promotional images.

It is believed that all of the film's copies were destroyed in the 1945 Allied bombing of Hiroshima or Nagasaki.

Gallery

References

  1. March 1, 1938, issue of Kinema Junpo
  2. 高槻真樹 (Maki Takatsuki). 戦前日本SF映画創世記 ゴジラは何でできているか (Senzen Nihon SF Eiga Souseiki). 河出書房新社 (Kawadeshobo Shinsha publishing). 2014. Pgs.183-188.

Comments


avatar

Anonymous user #1

4 months ago
Score 0++
Damn Americans, nuking shitty King Kong rip offs....
avatar

Anonymous user #3

1 months ago
Score -1++
Go to North Korea you Communist scum
avatar

Ryanskii

1 months ago
Score 0++
unfunny
avatar

Anonymous user #2

2 months ago
Score 1++
You maniac's, you blew it up!! Damn you all to hell!!
avatar

Anonymous user #3

1 months ago
Score -1++
you said the same stupid joke
avatar

DariusPumpkinRex

20 days ago
Score 0++
It's been confirmed that the ape is huge on the posters just for promotional reasons; he never becomes kaiju-sized in the movie.
Add your comment
The Lost Media Wiki welcomes all comments. If you do not want to be anonymous, register or log in. It is free.


This site is best viewed at 1920x1080 screen resolution.
Powered by MediaWiki Creative Commons Licence