Wasei Kingu Kongu (lost silent Japanese short; 1933)

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1933 promotional flyer.

Status: Lost

Wasei Kingu Kongu (和製キングコング, aka Japanese King Kong) is a 1933 silent Japanese short film directed by Torajira Saito, written by Akira Fushimi, and featuring Isamu Yamaguchi.

The film is noteworthy for being one of the first Japanese monster movies. It is believed that there are no special effects in the film, as the plot involves a man trying to earn money to woo his girlfriend by playing the King Kong character on stage.[1][2]

It was distributed by Shochiku, who also handled the Japanese distribution rights of the original, although this film may have been made without RKO's permission.

The film has been lost and unseen for many years and was believed to have been one of the many movies destroyed in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. All that has survived are two stills and several flyers.

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References

  1. October 21, 1933 issue of Kinema Junpo
  2. December 1934 issue of Kagaku no Nihon. Pg.85