Wasei Kingu Kongu (lost silent Japanese short; 1933)

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Still one of two.

Wasei Kingu Kongu (aka Japanese King Kong) was a 1933 silent Japanese short film Written by Akira Fushimi, directed by Torajira Saito and featuring Isamu Yamaguchi as the title character. Not much is known about the film, but it is believed to basically be the same story as the American original, which came out the same year, with the character of Kong running amok in Japan instead of the U.S.

The film is noteworthy for possibly being the first Japanese monster movie ever made, (said title originally being thought to have been held by Toho's 1954 Gojira -aka Godzilla-).  It was distributed by Shochiku, who also handled the Japanese distribution rights of the original, although this film was possibly 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 1945 American atom bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. To this day, all that remains are two small still pictures.