Japanese King Kong (1933 film)

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Japanese King Kong
Jp King Kong
Picture believed to be from Japanese King Kong

Original Title Wasei Kingu Kongu
Director Torajiro Saito
Producer Unknown
Writer Akira Fushimi
Starring Yasuko Koizumi
Takeshi Sakamoto
Kotaro Sekiguchi
Nagamasa Yamada
Isamu Yamaguchi
Music unknown
Effects unknown
Cinematography unknown
Editing unknown
Distributor Shochiku Company
Released 5 October 1933
Runtime unknown (short film)
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Budget Unknown
Followed by King Kong Appears in Edo

Wasei Kingu Kongu, translated literally (and simply) as Japanese King Kong, is a little-known Japanese short film released in 1933, the same year as the original King Kong. Despite its short turnaround time, it is seemingly based on the U.S. film, or possibly on the 1932 novel that proceeded it.

Detailed information about this silent, black & white project has been virtually non-existent, particularly outside of Japan, as the film is believed lost since the late 1940s. This has been attributed to events ranging from the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 to the fire bombing campaign of Japan during World War II. Film historians agree this is likely, as approximately only 1% of Japan's prewar films survived these events.

Without physical evidence or accounts by any of the cast or crew, the existence of the film has been long debated. If proven to be real, it would be by far the first daikaiju film, having preceded its equally-enigmatic followup Edo ni arawareta Kingu Kongu (King Kong Appears in Edo) by five years, and the current record-holder Gojira by 21 years.

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