Daibutsu Kaikoku (lost Japanese kaiju film; 1934)
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 Kaiju films, coming out around the same time as the King Kong movies. It was also the final film to be directed and produced by Yoshiro Edamasa, a longtime mainstay of early 1900s Japanese cinema.
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. According to some people who worked on the film, the only copy they had got destroyed during World War II. The only known images are from a magazine article.
In 2018, a remake of the film, titled The Great Buddha Arrival, was released to Japanese theaters, with oversight from Edamasa's grandson.
- An article on the kaiju film. Retrieved 15 Apr '15
- A magazine that contains the only known stills from the film. Retrieved 27 Nov '19